Larsen continues his worthwhile investigation of flutes and other wind
instruments with The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox (Mel Bay Publications
ISBN 0-7866-6891-1, 2004). The in-depth book is basically a guide to play the
tin whistle, a popular Irish folk instrument.
Although there are other books on the subject, Larsen has written a detailed
compendium that is a must-have for tin whistle players. The Essential Tin
Whistle Toolbox begins with an orientation for tin whistle players and a
history of the instrument. There are sections dedicated to the positioning of
the whistle, with photos that demonstrate the positions of the fingers.
Larsen also discusses tonguing, phrasing and the use of the breath. There is a
fingering chart and a lot musical notation.As in his previous works, Larsen’s book comes accompanied by a CD [buy
The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox now].
Practitioners may want to read Larsen’s other book,
The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle (Mel Bay Publications
ISBN 0-7866-4942-9 , 2003)[Buy
The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle now].
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.