Tin Whistle

What is a cran and how do I do one?

Written by WhistleAway

what is a cran and how do i do one?

Asked by: sophie maher


A cran is a rather obscure musical ornament that I believe got its start from the uillian pipes. It’s usually only done on the base note of the instrument (D on a D whistle,) where a normal roll is impossible due to a lack of notes to tip on. It is basically a roll with another cut taking the place of the tip that you don’t have room for down there and is done in the same timing.

If a roll looks like this:… note (cut) note (tip) note then a cran looks like this: base note (cut) base note (cut) base note Way simpler when you hear it! Hope this helps!

What is a Cran – Video Lessons

About the author