Learning to play the whistle: The Kesh Jig

To take away the excuses of “Oh I can’t afford to buy an instrument” and “Sheetmusic is way too expensive” and “I can’t read music” and … so on and so on… I’ll start the Pennywhistle Project. Enough said 😛


If you can’t see the dots right, you can download the *.doc file here : http://www.mediafire.com/?pn7ntxmp79x8d3s

But in order to see the dots, as you see them in the image, you need the tinwhistle font installed, to be found here: http://www.chiffandfipple.com/whistlefont.zip

If you are a fanatic, and also want to adjust tempo, etc. or simply want to hear how it SHOULD be played, then here is the ABC info, that you can paste in an abc-player (I prefer ABC Explorer to be downloaded here: http://stalikez.info/abc/abcex.php

Here the ABC file:

X: 1
T: Kesh, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|:G3 GAB| A3 ABd|edd gdd|edB dBA|
GAG GAB|ABA ABd|edd gdd|BAF G3:|
B2B d2d|ege dBA|B2B dBG|ABA AGA|
BAB d^cd|ege dBd|gfg aga| bgg g3:|

Simply copy and paste the code into the player from your clipboard and hit play. I think there might be embedded abc players online somewhere as well, but not sure. Next time i’ll just post thesession.org links, because I don’t like double posting – But since this is the first time, a little guidance could’nt harm.

Youtubing tune names ofcourse also helps to get a general idea about how it should sound. The dots combined with the notes are of my making. I don’t read notes, I only translate them into dots haha.. Those dots I can read :-). Black are covered holes, open are uncovered holes, and the ones with a little  plus (+) sign above it, are notes that need overblowing – which places the note an octave higher.

I hope this gets the job done! btw a tinwhistle/pennywhistle doesn’t have to cost more then 10 euro (between 15 and 25 dollar) Might even be cheaper overthere. It’s a fun activity with plenty of free resources ( http://www.thesession.org/ ).

Well this is enough for now, time to walk the dogs ;-). Let me know if you like the idea, and if so, if it’s clear enough and if not, how I could improve it.

With kind regards,



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Interested in germanic heathenry, lore, original fairy- and folktales, shamanism and lots of other related worldly stuff. I walk and cycle alot in nature, read, play various instruments etc.

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