THE Tinwhistle Fingering Chart



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A Note On Use: You are welcome to use this Tinwhistle Fingering Chart for your own personal use and study. Please do not modify the Chart in any way, however, or post it anywhere else on the Internet without first obtaining permission.

This is it. THE chart. The chart by which other charts are measured. This chart contains all of the information you need to play the whistle. So go forth, and conquer.

This chart is what you need to know to finger your whistle like it ought to be fingered. Like it wants to be fingered. If you are a new whistler, strongly recommend that you learn the fingerings as given in the D chart. This is the standard chart for most music that is played on the tinwhistle. The “D” fingerings will let you play music in D-major, G-major, B-minor, E-minor, A-major and F#-minor and their modes with ease. Music in other keys can be easily transposed to one of these keys. All music on this site is arranged for “D” fingerings. Most music for tinwhistle you will find elsewhere is arranged for “D” fingerings. Most traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, and England is in one of these keys or their modes. A large amount of American folk music is in one of these keys.



  8 Responses to “THE Tinwhistle Fingering Chart”

  1. For the C# an the D whistle you recomend the last hole closed, i mean the right hand ringfinger on the whistle?

    I am asking because i am a beginner and found many tutorials wich say “all holes open” but here and there i see a fingering chart like yours here and someone said somewhere it would help for example by going up and down the scale and would show the fingers “whrere to be”

    it sounds logicval to me but before i get used to this i want to be sure it will not disturb later on different whistles or flutes… you know its easy to learn but difficult to get rid of bad behaviers 😉

  2. Beautiful! This is the best one I’ve found on the net.

  3. Can you create a laser printer friendly version that doesn’t have so much dark color?

  4. Thank you!
    I’ve found this searching for the C note fingering: I was wondering if I was playing it correctly. But as I can see, there are 6 different ways, and I was using the number one. I’m going to try the other ones as well, maybe they sound better.

  5. Dear,
    I’m a new italian whistler and I finded the chart in D published in
    If you can help me I’d have a question.
    When you show how ought to be fingered, in some notes there are 2 o more lines (for example 3 lines the “D Second Octave”). Are they 2 or more different ways to play the same note? If so how is possible that the second line in “D Second Octave” is the same of D in First Octave? and how is possible that the first line in “D Third Octave” is the same of the first line in D in Second Octave?
    When i’m playing a music that contains D and D major, how I have to play the whistel?
    Sorry if my question can appear silly.
    Thank in advance for your replay.

    • You blow harder for higher octave.
      For 3rd octave you blow real hard.
      You learn how hard to blow each note when you learn some tunes.

      Absolutely excellent chart here, thanks.

  6. I am really interested to learn lots of musical instruments.. and that’s why I plan to buy a tin whistle because it’s beautiful..

  7. tks my son is 9 y old just started learning the recorder I would like some information on recorder music if possible yours, N.T. Hughes P.S. I am learning the tin whistle in sympathy I used to play recorder when in early teens it takes me back

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