Google “flute” 

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You need only google “flute music from . . .” and add almost any country name you can think of, and you will find this oldest of instruments universal—and universally beautiful—just as one    of our younger writers, Pelaegaya, from Russia did. 

I LOVE music.  It is just so beautiful. For a long time I have taken piano lessons at music school. I play classical music. But about a year ago, I learned about the tin whistle [also called an Irish whistle and sometimes a Celtic flute]. Now I love to play it even more than the piano. Maybe I love it more because I don’t “have to” play it like I have to play at music school. I just play it because I enjoy it.    

     I learned about the tin whistle while reading about different instruments on the internet.  I was really looking for a Jew’s Harp because it’s such a fun instrument. But instead, I found information about the tin whistle.  After that I watched videos  on YouTube and found many beautiful songs played on the tin whistle. [The tin whistle is shown in the 3rd photo.]  I was at    my grandmother’s house and she saw how much I liked the tin whistle.  Just out of curiosity I decided to see if you could buy them on the internet. I found a whistle and I was so surprised because it was not expensive. My grandmother then surprised me and gave me money to buy it. I asked my mother if it was alright and she said, “Yes!”   

     You can play really any music you want: fast or slow songs, happy or sad songs, and they are easy to learn.  I love to play folk songs because I love folk music and it goes well with the tin whistle. I play for my mother and grandmother but I even think my cat likes it because she doesn’t run away when I play!

          Pelegaeya sweetly agreed to record something for us.  


     This video below is a very old, loved traditional Irish ballad, Inisheer, and played on the Irish or, tin whistle.

     This second video is also an old traditional Irish melody. In the beginning you see the musician playing a “low D” Irish whistle and at the end, a “high D”. The video is also indicative of how the Irish whistle has circled the globe. You can find videos of Irish whistle music being played in many, many countries.

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