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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro book with lovely tunes, 29 Jan 1999
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This review is from: The Penny Whistle Book (Penny & Tin Whistle) (Paperback)
Robin Williamson's Penny Whistle book has been around for a long time and it's a wonderful book for beginners and beyond. There are some stunningly beautiful, yet simple tunes in it and he does a wonderful job communicating in words how to develop a good sound and how to read music.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best penny whislte tutor book, 29 Oct 2000
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I've looked at many of the tutor books available in Scotland and Ireland, and in my experience having learned from it over 11 years now (and still learning), it is the very best. What makes it so special is its spirit. Learning to play the magic whistle is something that comes not so much from the notes, as from the soul - of yourself, and the Tradition. Williamson's ethos communicates something of that. Taking up the penny whistle will give you (if not your neighbours) instant satisfaction. (If you lay a piece of blue tac over half of the fipple, you can cut the volume away down when practicing). But only spend half your time learning from the book and other written music ... spend the other half playing simple things from the heart, "improvising" as some would say, "spiralling" as I'd call it. The the doors of the faerie hill will start to open, and poetry will flow.

Alastair McIntosh
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully made and non-conventional, 30 July 2010
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This book goes out of the usual tin/penny whistle books, which are focused towards the irish folklore. The whistle is a very widespread instrument among other cultures and countries, and this book takes tune from many of them. It DOES NOT teach irish ornamentation but other kind of ornamentations making it excellent for people wanting to play the whistle as a generic folk wind instrument and not only as an irish one. It gradually introduces ornaments, music modes, variations on tonguing.

Cons: some minor errors and (most important) there is no audio support (cd or downloadable mp3s or whatever).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the whistle, 11 April 2013
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I already have a small collection of whistle tutors but I bought this one because it was written by Robin Williams.

It t is very informative and I particularly like that he has picked easy tunes to start and gradually developed through the book as you would expect but he has chosen such interesting tunes particularly from the English tradition. At the time this book was written most of these tunes were effectively lost to the general folk audience of the time.

Interesting use of modal tunes and good explanations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 16 July 2013
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Vera Coe (Buckinghamshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought two penny whistle tutor books, but this one is the best of the two. The other one as lots of tunes in it for when I can actually manage to play the penny whistle, but this one is better for a complete novice although I can read music. I like the humorous little comments sprinkled here and there, the layout is good, and I feel as if it is written by someone who has the penny whistle in his heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit dated but useful if learning from scratch., 15 Feb 2014
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Lee Davison (UK) - See all my reviews
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On first receiving this I thought it was not that good but then I realised it was teaching the basics very well, and if you persevere it should give you a rigorous grounding in how to approach playing the tin whistle and learning to read musical notation. Enjoying it more each day!
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The Penny Whistle Book (Penny & Tin Whistle) by Robin Williamson (Paperback - 7 Nov 1997)
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