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Egan's Polka

 

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Whistle Tutorial - Lesson 1.5

 

Two More Notes

E and DNow we're going to learn the notes E and D. Start off in the first position, the top three holes covered by the index finger, middle finger and ring finger of your left hand (if you remember, this forms the G note). Now cover the fourth and fifth holes down with the index and middle fingers of your right hand, and blow the note. This is the E note. Once you've played a few E notes, put the ring finger of your right hand down so that all the holes are now covered. This is the D note, and in fact this is the first slightly difficult note to play. Chances are you'll be able to play it no problem, but some people find it difficult to play the low D to begin with. Don't despair: it gets easier with experience.

We should now be able to play five notes, and know their names as well: D, E, G, A, and B. There are quite a few tunes we can play with these notes, including Old MacDonald below. Remember, when you see double dots in the music, it means repeat that section once again.

Old MacDonald
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Old MacDonald

 

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