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Basic Fingering Chart for Tin Whistle in D and Fifes in Bb and D

First Octave: D4 to C#5

This fingering chart includes the primary fingerings learned by players of tin whistles, penny whistles, flageolets, and fifes. These fingerings are the same on each of these instruments unless specified otherwise.

 

Note

Written

Fingering

Description

D4 D1123|123 
D4
E4
Eb1123|12 
E4
F4
E1123|12– 
E4
F4
F1123|1– 
F4
G4
F#1123|1–– 
G4 G1123|––– 
G4
A4
G#1 12|––– 
A4 A212–|––– 
A4
B4
Bb11–|––– 
1–3|1–– For six-hole fifes. In tune. Good for fast passages.
B4
C5
B11––|––– 

B4
C5

C1––|–––For tin whistle or fife in D.
–23|–––For conical- (rather than cylindrical-) bore tin whistle or fife in D.
–23|1–– For six-hole fifes. More in tune.
–2–|123 For six-hole fifes. Easier than half-holing, but prone to cracking to a higher note.
–2–|12–For fife in Bb.

C5
D5

C#1–––|–––  
–––|––3Better balance (tin whistle).
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Special thanks to Eoin McAuley (EM) for submitting the tin whistle fingering chart (D4-D6).

 

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