"Sunday's Well" by Caitlín Nic Gabhann in Six Different Whistle Keys
Tin Whistle Pro
Multiple Keys + Reverb Effects Controls
Key of High-D Only, No Reverb Effects Controls
Tin Whistle Pro is an authentic sounding traditional Irish tin whistle for the iPad that is fully tuneable and plays in multiple keys (High-D, C, Bb, G, F, and Low-D).
Tin Whistle has the same sound, but is limited to only playing in High-D and doesn't have the reverb effects options.
The Pro app has both high (for the High-D, C, and Bb) and low whistle samples (for the G, F, and low-D) from very high quality Irish whistles.
The Pro app supports both Audiobus and Apple Inter-App Audio so can be used as an instrument for recording in GarageBand and other multitracking apps.
This is the perfect app for anyone interested in learning to play the tin whistle, or someone who already plays the tin whistle and looking for way to practice tunes on their iPad when it might be inconvenient or impossible to play the real instrument.
The fingerings are based on those used for the real instrument and will also be immediately familiar to Irish tin whistle and flute players.
How to Play
IMPORTANT: Since this app requires as many as 8 fingers on the screen at the same time, before playing, disable "Multitasking Gestures" on your iPad (in the Settings app, under the General section, turn the Multitasking Gestures switch to the off position).
To get started playing, first show the on-screen hole labels by touching the '?' icon at the lower right corner of the screen.
Start by touching the top half of the whistle starting with the tips of your left index, middle, and ring fingers on holes #6, 5, and 4. The holes light up when touched.
Next touch the bottom half of the whistle with the tips of your right index, middle, and ring fingers, on holes #3, 2, and 1.
To play the second octave, touch the "Octave" bar next to the whistle with your left little finger while using the same fingerings as the first octave.
The purple "Semitone Down" bar next to the bottom of the whistle may be used to shift the pitch down one semitone for playing the notes F-natural, G#, D#, and Bb.
Touch the "Stop" bar at the top of the screen with your left thumb to stop the sound while fingering a note. This can be used for repeated notes in the place of doing a cut or tap.
Playing tip: For the most fluid flow of the sound, when playing the note that use primarily the left hand (G, A, B, C) you can anchor your right ring finger on hole #1. This is often done on the real instrument as well and allows for a smooth legato transition between the left hand notes with no breaks.
Finger vibrato may be done with the middle finger of the right hand on many notes. The depth of vibrato is adjusted with the vibrato control slider.
Touch the 'i' icon at the upper right corner screen to show/hide the key select, tuning, volume, reverb, and vibrato controls.
You may change the tuning up to +/- 50 cents. Touch the tuning value to reset it to zero.
Touch the '?' on the upper left corner to show the help labels.
"Danny Boy" played on the B-Flat Whistle
Touch the holes to play, the holes light up when touched
Touch the "?" to show the help labels, touch the "i" to show the controls
All controls and labels turned off
Demo of the simpler Tin Whistle app which only plays in the key of High-D, no reverb effects options