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Si Beag Si Mhor



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Whistle Tutorial - Lesson 14.4



This is a detailed breakdown of what's happening in the example tune - Si Beag, Si Mhor - on the previous page.


Bar 1: The first note is F, but we're going to slide up to it. The lead-in notes are D and E; play another E, but slide your finger off to get to the F. We're also going to trill a bit before the second F; just lift the index finger of your right hand and replace it as quickly as you can.

Bar 2 We're going to use a casadh before the middle note, the E. Quickly lift and replace the finger over the A hole (the ring finger on your left hand).

Bar 3: Near the end of the longish B, introduce a quick C note before going back to B and down to A.

Bar 5: Use a cut before the B note.

Bar 6: Slide up to the E note by tonguing the D and sliding your finger off. Before playing the second D, use a casadh.

Bars 7 & 12: Slides.

Bar 16: Use a cut to break up the long D note.


Bar 1: Same decoration as the A part.

Bars 3 & 10: Slides.

Bar 13: Emphasise the slide for a final flourish.

Bar 14: Use a casadh after the longish E note. Alternatively, a nice effect would be to use a trill:

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