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Strumelia
@strumelia
08/17/20 12:52:17PM
100 posts

Whistle tabs


Penny whistle Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs/videos

@ltwhistle , I'm particularly liking that "Empty Wallet Waltz" on that site you recommended. I saw a couple of Youtube videos of musicians who play it, so it's cool to hear the tune before working it out in the whistle tab. What a lovely tune!  I like it on my Bb polymer whistle right now. Thank you for linking us to that site- lots to explore!

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/16/20 01:03:25PM
100 posts

Is anyone doing online jams/workshops during the Covid Pandemic?


Jams/Sessions, band events, workshops, member gigs

Just wondering if folks have been finding online ways to join jams or workshops etc...

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/09/20 05:04:06PM
100 posts

Whistle tabs


Penny whistle Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs/videos

Hey @ltwhistle , that's a really nice site!  I'm looking through the waltzes right now. Thanks! catdance

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/01/20 09:46:00PM
100 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

Good for you Keith!  It's hard to get exercise during these trying times. I got a mini indoor trampoline, and I've been starting out real slow on it ..but it gets my aerobic activity up!

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/01/20 12:13:06PM
100 posts

Show us a pic of the PRETTIEST whistle you own!


General penny whistle or music discussions

Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, so maybe you only own one inexpensive  beat-up whistle ...but it's the apple of your eye!
Regardless of what others might think and regardless of how it plays or sounds, post a picture here (use the 'embed local media' button OR the 'attach files' button to upload a pic, OR else just post a link to a picture) of the whistle you own that is beautiful to you.     :)   We could all use a little shared beauty in our lives these days!  inlove

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/01/20 11:17:38AM
100 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

My neighbor sits on his deck and quietly plays O'Carolan tunes on his mandolin sometimes. It's kind of peaceful to listen to.  I'm sure glad he doesn't blast rock from some boombox!

Strumelia
@strumelia
04/21/20 12:27:10PM
100 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

I've finished week 6 of the virus lockdown. Only leaving the house to either go for a quick fitness walk in a lonely location, and once a week to pick up a few fresh food items like milk/eggs/bread/produce (using no-contact store pickup, yay!)

I thought when this started that I'd have lots of time to play music. But as it's turning out, I'm keeping plenty busy with work (we work at home on computer), cooking, gardening, and paperwork.  In the evenings I just want to veg out and watch a movie to get away from the bad news.  shrugger

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/11/20 10:14:00PM
100 posts

Made a whistle pouch


General penny whistle or music discussions

@bookman46 , that looks great!  Like the jazzy colors.

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/29/20 10:30:45AM
100 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

If you are considering getting a whistle made of a material other than brass or tin (plastic, aluminum, polymer, wood, etc), then be sure to do some searches within Youtube to get a preview of players playing these types of whistles before you order one. There are lots of great videos there comparing various whistles in different materials and brands.  Though not quite as good or as accurate as playing them all in person, it's still a great (and free!) way to listen before you buy. It'll get you a little closer to narrowing down your preferences.  It's how I wound up getting the whistles that have become my favorites.

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/29/20 10:23:34AM
100 posts

Hello to my new whistling friends.


General penny whistle or music discussions

Hi Bookman!  I find I have collected favorite simple tunes that fall in certain genres... oldtime or 1800s American. and medieval or Renaissance era European folk/dance tunes are my two fave genres.  And i tend to try to play those same tunes on whatever instruments I'm fancying on a particular day.  That might be a day when I grab a banjo off the wall, or take out my langspil, or a mountain dulcimer, or reach for a pennywhistle in my 'vase' of whistles. Not saying I'm skilled on any of this, but it brings me so much joy to just make some pretty notes and play simple tunes at home, mistakes and all.  jive

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/17/19 12:42:44PM
100 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

I have that same 'malady' Keith.  It's hard to break the habit of checking Ebay for instruments I certainly have enough of and no longer need to keep buying. And it really is just a habit... I can't stand the idea that I might miss something wonderful... despite having enough wonderful examples already.
This is true for some various instruments I own or play... not just penny whistles.  It seems I have finally broken my need to seek more whistles though.  I've disabled a few of the 'saved searches' I've set up on ebay over the years- that seems to be the key to breaking the habit, for me anyway.  tmi

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/01/19 12:30:28PM
100 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

Sounds to me like you need a polymer one though.  devil

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/30/19 06:20:31PM
100 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

Keith:

Hey......I resisted a Susato in 'A'.........my whistle aquisition syndrome seems to be curing itself...Laugh



Keith, that's amazing that you resisted that one!   I'm impressed.


(did you not already have a susato in A, though?)

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/26/19 10:39:29AM
100 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Keith: If I post in this thread my whistle aquisition won't look so bad. winker


So you think you're fooling us?


whistle


 

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/26/19 10:38:27AM
100 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

My thoughts on this: Non-whistle players tend to be squeamish about putting their mouths on used whistles.  But whistle players don't have such qualms.  So if i were you i'd just work up a nice cheap price and bundle them together as one sale on chiff&fipple.  Someone there will like them for throwing in the car of giving to their grandchildren.  If you bundle them you'll only have to ship one package, too... thus keep the price more accessible.

Strumelia
@strumelia
07/19/19 02:31:40PM
100 posts

The Positive Thread


Off Topic discussions

I'm impressed by folks who can play whistles, flutes, piccolos, and recorders!   They are similar enough so as to make it confusing to switch around, I imagine.  I find it's easier to play multiple instruments IF they are substantially different from each other so it doesn't trip me up.

Strumelia
@strumelia
05/26/19 11:43:46AM
100 posts

The Positive Thread


Off Topic discussions

If you have a goodly set of nice whistles that you like and play well, I see no reason to keep buying more indefinitely anyway.  yes

Strumelia
@strumelia
05/26/19 11:42:07AM
100 posts

Favorite whistles


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

The high F seems unusual to add in among the rest of those you listed.  Those things are tiny!  surprised

Strumelia
@strumelia
04/10/19 12:31:23PM
100 posts

Little improv


General penny whistle or music discussions

Larry that's a really pretty little tune!  I like the trills you are doing.  You must name this tune, it has a forest/bird feel to it.  Maybe something lalong the lines of "Thrush in the Brambles" ...?

I find that improvising in the minor (in this Em on a D whistle) seems to flow more naturally than improvising in the major scale.

 

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/01/19 06:06:54PM
100 posts

Langspil


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Yes, chromatically fretted. 3 steel strings- two of them open drones, and only the melody string with frets under it.  Thanks, I'm really enjoying it!

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/20/19 11:27:13AM
100 posts

Langspil


Adventures with 'other' instruments...


I just got a custom langspil (a traditional Icelandic zither) a couple weeks ago and have been really enjoying playing it.  The biggest struggle is with my bowing- bowing is always the hardest thing on bowed instruments, needless to say).  But the struggle is fun and I'm slowly making progress.

This "Three Ravens" is the first tune I've managed to play more than one time through without too many horrible 'dying cat' bow squeaks:

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/07/19 09:09:52AM
100 posts

Favorite whistles


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

It's actually a wonderful thing to even be able to talk about one's 'favorite' whistles... it not only means you have multiple whistles, but it also means you have more than one favorite whistle!  pimento

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/07/19 09:03:43AM
100 posts

F is for fun


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

Keith, I have Generation high F and a high G.

You've inspired me to pull them out again and revisit.

Though I like their handy 'pocket size' (more like purse size really) they are a bit hard on the ears, but that could simply have been my first impression. At the time I was also getting some low G and and A whistle in polymer, so the sound contrast was pretty drastic.

I'll try the little ones out again, just to be fair.  :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/28/19 11:24:08AM
100 posts

The Positive Thread


Off Topic discussions

Keith that's great!  It all starts with just one tune.  

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/19/19 08:12:19AM
100 posts

Two ways to add an image to your discussion post


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?


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updated by @strumelia: 01/19/19 08:12:57AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
01/19/19 08:09:53AM
100 posts

Two ways to add an image to your discussion post


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?


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Strumelia
@strumelia
01/17/19 08:53:02AM
100 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

I thought that one of the known differences between flutes and whistles is the more breathiness involved with playing flutes.  But maybe I'm wrong, or maybe it wouldn't effect a whistle with a flute head put on it?  

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/01/19 12:39:41PM
100 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

Indeed... Happy New Year to you all ! party2

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/21/18 03:49:46PM
100 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


Off Topic discussions

Lady looks so sweet!

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/19/18 12:49:13PM
100 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Well he did them previously, since I got one online a year ago.  Maybe he would make you one if you contacted him via his website? He probably has heads for it already and would just need to make the tube in the right length/holes.

https://www.tonydixonmusic.co.uk/contact/

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/19/18 11:47:56AM
100 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

I have one in A, Keith.. though I maybe wouldn't call it 'little'.  ;)

It's a two piece tune-able black plastic, with the little 'ivory' plastic end ring on the tube. So he must make them... are you having trouble finding one for sale online?

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/18/18 10:29:23PM
100 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Chris, is that one a high D whistle, I'm assuming?

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/17/18 09:07:01AM
100 posts

The Positive Thread


Off Topic discussions

My positive- last night I played a little bit of medieval simple tunes in F minor/dorian mode, on my Eb Freeman Blackbird whistle, with my husband playing fiddle in F modal. We made lots of mistakes but had fun!

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/17/18 09:05:05AM
100 posts

The Positive Thread


Off Topic discussions

Keith, are the holes spacings exactly the same on your two differnt Dixon A whistles, or does one have holes closer together/easier reach?

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/10/18 12:14:32PM
100 posts

The Positive Thread


Off Topic discussions

Yes I do like Norman as well.  I treat the bell note (lowest note on the whistle) as a D despite what key the whistle actually is.  That way, when I read a tune in standard notation, if the notation is in key of G (which has one sharp, an F#) I know I need to locate the tonic note with 3 fingers down and play a 'Cnatural' fingering in the tune.  And when the standard notation is in D (which has an F# and C#), I know the tonic note is with 6 fingers down and that I'll need to play the C# fingering instead of the C natural.
I agree we're all doing the same. 


updated by @strumelia: 12/10/18 12:16:31PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/10/18 10:18:35AM
100 posts

The Positive Thread


Off Topic discussions

I'm a bit confused by that as well.

So you're referring to when reading standard notation, then?  Keith does that mean you never use for example the C# note on a D whistle when playing?... because the key of C has no sharps, thus if you played 'as if it were in C" you'd only be playing the C natural on a d whistle.

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/08/18 04:14:05PM
100 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

I like various ones but my current favorite material would have to be black polymer (ABS I guess they also call it).  It has a mellowness that reminds me of wood whistles (which are too pricey for my budget)

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/08/18 04:10:33PM
100 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

I can relate. After you have the first three of any type of instrument, my criteria then becomes:  if you spend more time reading about or shopping for another one than you do actually playing ones you have... then maybe you need to rethink.  giggle2

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/06/18 10:59:23AM
100 posts

What tune are you working on this week?


General penny whistle or music discussions


Ok, so I discovered that one of my favorite Christmas carols is actually not too hard to play on the whistle... yay!

Was working on it last night a little.  Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella has lots of interesting parts to it and is an old carol (I'm not generally as fond of modern carols). Yet it sounds more complicated to play than it really is.

I found a nice whistle tab to it online as well, by a John Atchley:

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/6a/72/3b/6a723b99670eda4358c3a5e3abd463f7.gif

I can't find Mr. Atchley's site or book online (maybe one of you can find it?) as it'd be nice to buy his tab or at least thank him or link to him. But this one image was randomly on Pinterest and I was able to use it to play the carol from the key of G position for a D whistle.. which is an easy approach.  Of course you can play it exactly the same on ANY key of whistle, and I'm liking it on my Bb whistles. (my cat likes it better on the lower whistle as well... lolol)


updated by @strumelia: 12/06/18 11:01:22AM
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