Penny Whistle Fantasy

screenshot_329I love American Bluegrass and Celtic music, two similar styles on opposite sides of the pond.  I love their earthiness and simplicity, liveliness and deep expression of emotion.  Nothing can pick me up and get me moving like a good jig or a reel.  On my bucket list of things to do in my life are entries for

  • Learn to play the bagpipes
  • Learn to play the mandolin

Now I think I want to add a third one:

  • Play the pennywhistle

I was thinking about Celtic music and how much fun it was to listen to the penny (or tin) whistle.  An entry level whistle is quite inexpensive, and I found on-line instructions from the OIAM (Online Academy of Irish Music), so I popped over to Amazon and ordered a whistle.   For those of you who know what I’m talking about, it’s a Clarke Celtic in the key of D.  So I have now invested $11.35 USD in an experiment to see if creating the music is as fun as listening to it.  It’s the first flute James Galway ever owned, not that it guarantees any measure of success!  It’s just fun to know that trivia.

I like the idea of playing it because it’s convenient and portable.  I could take it anywhere and play it.  I’m not a musician by any means.  I took guitar and harp lessons at one time but was never serious enough to do much with either instrument.  As a youngster my guitar went everywhere with me.  It was the 1970s and I loved folk songs.  But that was a long time ago.  Now I’m just looking for something fun and different to explore.

I have this secret fantasy of me getting good enough to sit out in my garden, under our maple or magnolia tree, and have a neighbor stop over to enjoy my music.  How’s that for a wild fantasy from an introvert like me!  I would love to play a little jig and get people smiling.

My whistle will arrive on Tuesday.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  In the meantime, here’s a little video of what a gifted musician can do with a simple instrument.  Enjoy!


 Written in response to the WordPress Daily Prompt, “Strike a Chord”

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.






8 thoughts on “Penny Whistle Fantasy

  1. Good luck. I am reminded of the line from Dylan:
    They all play on the penny whistle
    You can hear them blow
    If you lean your head out far enough
    From desolation row

  2. I enjoyed the short video and could feel my feet wanting to dance. I wish you luck with your endeavor. I wish I could play as well, but watching the performers tells me I haven’t the breath or tongue to get that kind of music out of a penny whistle.

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