The set contains a tin whistle and a book consisting of lessons to familiarise yourself with the notes, techniques and intonation to play it. It is written in a conversational style. Illustrations instead of tablature are provided for the standard fingerings so, you can see how to position your fingers. It also contains a history of the instrument, its place in Irish folk music as well as a section on western musical notation which, may be particularly helpful for complete novices.
I have experience with the recorder and not the whistle and so, have used the basic lessons to practice the different technique and slightly different fingerings. I have tried one other book and in comparison I think these exercises and explanations take you through at a steady pace and do not rush you too quickly. Looking ahead there are a significant number of exercises to learn and practice intonation and ornamentation so, I can see it is certainly something that will take me time to complete. I feel hopeful that I will be proficient by the end.
This whistle is an Original Clarke with a wooden fipple. I bought a Clarke sweetone at the same time (which has a plastic head), it is true that the Original whistle requires a little more air but, I like the tone which due to the wood feels more earthy and natural to me.
Two points to note:
1. this whistle comes in a bag
2. a finger chart is not included, although the book does include illustrations for the standard fingerings on the inside of the back cover page and describes all fingerings in the book itself.