On Thu, 17 Sep 1998, Gary Chapin wrote:
> which for all practicable purposes, just don't work on the whistle. Some
> whistlers find this intolerable and transpose every tune they stumble
> across into thir petty, little D, G, A minor, E minor, and B minor
> universe. But this can be confusing and is FROWNED UPON.
The Mason's Apron in A is not THAT hard on a 'd' whistle - just takes a
lot of practice to hit those half hole (or crossfingered) g#'s at speed.
Indeed, all those funky-keyed tunes are perfectly possible - it is just
that it takes a LONG time to get them. (Though once you get one or 2
tunes in a given key, it gets easier - I am OK in A, mainly because I sat
down and pounded out Mason's Apron, Redhaired Lass, and the Foxhunters' in
that key.) The other option is to get your hands on (or make) an E
whistle - so you can use G fingerings and get A. (And have no problem
playing Calliope House in E.) Shaw makes an E whistle that is OK -
unfortunately, none of the 'major' (i.e. cheap) whistle makers are
producing an E whistle at this time.