Why do so many Irish Tin Whistle players use the right hand on top and the left hand on the bottom?
I’ve tried it before, and my fingers really got mixed up. I stuck myself in the eye, and my whistle fell to the floor where I stepped on it.
It’s very dangerous to play that way.
Are you sure this is the "traditional" position ?
Edited by - tdennis on 10/10/2021 17:34:30
Which whistle players do this? The vast vast majority play right-hand-down in case they ever transition to flute or the pipes.
I don’t know that it’s a traditional hand position, but I’ve seen some playing that way. I suppose one can use any position that he wants, but I found it very awkward.
Well, I thought perhaps there was some advantage to playing that way, but, perhaps, I just saw someone who played it differently.
Left handed player maybe? I mean, it's an ambidextrous instrument. Near as I can tell, so is my keyless flute.
Edited by - WVDreamin on 10/10/2021 18:33:29
Yes, Billy, that’s so. I’ve seen flute players holding at the left side too. I suppose, nowadays, people just do whatever the heck they wanna do.
The flute/whistle teacher at our Ceoltas holds them lefty even though he is right handed. He told me that was just the way he picked it up and played as a child with nobody to show him. There are also quite a few mouth organ players that hold their instrument upside down for the same reason.
I've never seen anyone play whistle the 'wrong' way around - but they are symmetrical and the work-load is shared evenly between the hands so no reason not to learn that way. You'd only come unstuck if you also want to play a keyed flute (or one with offset holes).
I asked about it in the first place because I rolled across two or three players who fingered that way. I thought it might be a better way, so I gave it a try. It wasn’t a better way for me. It felt awkward, and I felt clumsy.
I just wondered about it. Thanks to all who answered my question.
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