Tin Whistle Lessons

The Ultimate Irish Tin Whistle Lessons

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The Ultimate Irish Tin Whistle Lessons

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 John O'Brien’s ‘Sound First Framework’ Online Irish Whistle Lessons 


"John has developed an extraordinary method which has you learning fast but without compromising technique and style. I can safely say that if you follow these Irish whistle lessons, you’ll have all the tools you need to join any Irish session, anywhere." - David Hayes

All you need is a tin whistle in the key of D and an internet connection!

Online Course Features:

  • Three bespoke Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced whistle courses 
  • ​​30 immersive traditional Irish whistle lessons
  • ​World class whistle tuition with John O’Brien of Riverdance
  • Unique Sound First Framework learning method
  • ​Irish session experience with our Session Practice Player
  • ​Comprehensive session repertoire with 26 session tunes
  • ​Access to exclusive bonus materials
  • ​Complete preparation for joining an Irish session with confidence
  • ​Fully Portable - you can learn whenever and wherever suits you

Just enrolled in this course and am blown away at the thought that has gone into the structure and the points covered, this is not just another online course. I take a lot of online courses in different subjects and this one is very impressive- M. O’Donnell



Have you always wanted to master the Irish tin whistle but don’t know where to start? Do you want to walk into a session and wow everyone with your playing?

Here at McNeela Instruments we want all our customers to reach their full potential and be the best musicians they can be. That’s why we’ve put together a brand new online series of Irish tin whistle lessons that will take you from absolute beginner to being session ready in just ten weeks.

Learn to play Ireland’s favourite musical instrument in a fun, relaxed environment. This tried and tested method of ‘sound before symbol’ makes learning a breeze.

Each lesson seems to be just the right amount of material and time… The tin whistle and lessons have been a bright spot in my life during this pandemic” - D. Doak

Your Instructor

When it comes to learning music, you can’t beat the expert guidance of an experienced teacher.

'I've developed a unique teaching method called the Sound First Framework based on my extensive experience both as a teacher and a professional musician and I can’t wait to share it with you and watch you grow into a fully fledged traditional Irish musician.'
- John O'Brien

john-o-brien-setanta-whistles.jpgJohn O'Brien hails from one of Ireland’s most prominent musical families. Immersed in the culture from birth, he grew up surrounded by traditional Irish music and began playing the tin whistle at a young age. Today, John is regarded as one of the greatest Irish tin whistle players in the world.

John has toured extensively in the US, Europe and Japan and has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York to The Apollo Theatre in London and the National Theatre of Ireland. In 1997 he joined the cast of Riverdance, going on to perform with the iconic show on Broadway.

In addition to being a celebrated solo artist and a skilled whistle maker, John is also a qualified primary school teacher and has delivered workshops and masterclasses in traditional Irish music all over the world.

What better way to learn than under the instruction of an experienced teacher who is also a seasoned professional? Draw on John's decades of experience and lifelong immersion in traditional Irish music. Under his expert guidance you too can become a master tin whistle player.


"I enjoy John's teaching style. Easy going and like hanging out with John. All we need is a pint!" - K. Bloss

What You'll Learn

This complete lessons package caters for three levels - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Our Ultimate Tin Whistle Course will teach you everything you need to know about the Irish tin whistle:

  • Our Beginner Course will equip you with all the skills and tools you need to sound good right from your very first note. In fact, you’ll be session ready in just ten weeks! Learn everything you need to know about the tin whistle, including basic technique and ornamentation and your first six session tunes.
  • Our Intermediate Course promises to help you unlock your inner musician. Develop your musicianship skills, unlock musical literacy, master advanced ornamentation and of course, learn the best session tunes going. After just ten short weeks, you won’t even recognise your playing!
  • Finally, for the truly motivated, there’s our Advanced Course. These lessons are suitable for even the most experienced whistle players - we guarantee you’ll learn something new! The final series in our tin whistle course will transform you into a master tin whistle player, while challenging you in fun and exciting ways.

These lessons will give you access to a treasure trove of information. You’ll discover the tricks of the trade as John draws on his vast knowledge and experience as a professional musician and shares his insider knowledge.

Best of all, you can learn entirely at your own pace. Press pause, replay - you’re in full control. Set your own schedule and learn anywhere, any time. 




How You'll Learn

Learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. Your experienced teacher creates a friendly, relaxed environment, making the learning process highly enjoyable for players of all ages.

Traditional Irish musicians are renowned for their musical ear. Follow the Sound First Framework and you too can develop your aural skills. Soon, you’ll be the envy of musicians the world over. 

Follow a structured course that builds on each previous lesson. Increase your cognitive and motor skills through recap and repetition. Grasp new concepts easily as John provides you with the building blocks you need for learning.

Each new skill is reinforced with a specially tailored practice exercise designed to help you develop muscle memory and commit tunes and techniques to memory.

“Love the lessons and appreciate the progression. I carry a whistle in my car and practice when waiting. I also appreciate the pace, the additional and supplemental materials and the ability to print the music so I can take it with me” - B. Leslie


Transform Your Playing

John O'Brien demonstrating the Irish tin whistle as part of the McNeela Ultimate Tin Whistle Lesson CourseChallenge yourself to become the best tin whistle player you can be and we’ll help you every step of the way. We guarantee that these tin whistle lessons will equip you with all the necessary skills and tools you need to sound good right from your very first note.

Now imagine how good you’ll sound upon completing the entire course!

We’ll help you to establish a good practice routine that will help you reach the next stage of playing in record time.

This course is the perfect introduction not only to the tin whistle but also to the world of traditional Irish music. Allow us to immerse you in the rich history and culture of the music of our ancestors. You’ll be welcomed with open arms into this musical community.

Follow our expert guidance and experience a musical transformation like no other.

So, whether the destination is your local Irish music session or Carnegie Hall, let us help you get there.

Get the Full Irish Session Experience

Even more exciting, these lessons include access to our exclusive Session Player which allows you to play along with other instruments at your desired tempo.

You have full control over what you hear.

The Session Player offers a bespoke Irish session experience, allowing you to play along entirely at your own pace with the instruments of your choosing. So you can get the full Irish session experience right from the word go!

There's no more need to practice in isolation.


Product Delivery


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United Kingdom

Average Shipping Time Once Dispatched

Est. 5-7 days delivery


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Est. 7 days delivery


Average Shipping Time Once Dispatched

Est. 7-10 days delivery

Rest of world

Average Shipping Time Once Dispatched

Est. 10-14 days delivery


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