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

Third Octave: D6 to C7

This fingering chart includes the primary fingerings learned by players of tin whistles, penny whistles, flageolets, and fifes. These fingerings may or may not work on all tin whistles and fifes.

 

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Note

Written

Fingering

Description

Src.
D6 D6 –23|123
EM
D6
E6
D#6/Eb6 12–|1–3 For six-hole fifes. In tune. CS
E6
F6
E6 123|12– Difficult. Do not overblow. BD
12–|–2– For six-hole fifes. Great response. Flattens the normally sharp note. CS
E6
F6
F6 123|13 Tricky. BD
1½–|–2– For six-hole fifes. Awkward but useful in combination with similar E6 fingering. CS
F6
G6
F#6/Gb6 123|1–3 Easier response than F6. BD
G6 G6 123|––3 Good on most whistles. BD
G6
A6
G#6/Ab6 12|––3 Occasionally possible in passing. BD
––3|––– For six-hole fifes. CS
A6 A6 12–|––3 Good tuning and response on some whistles. BD
12–|–23 Good tuning and response on some whistles. BD
–23|12– For six-hole fifes. CS
A6
B6
Bb6 –2–|1–– Typically flat. Sound is sometimes muffled. CS
B6
C7
B6 1–3|–2– Typically sharp, perhaps more than a quarter tone sharp. CS
B6
C7
C7 1–3|–23 For tin whistles. Requires a lot of air. MW

 

Special thanks to Eoin McAuley (EM) for submitting the tin whistle fingering chart (D4-D6).

 

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