Your favorite Whistle?
General penny whistle or music discussions
England? Hey! I have heard of this place!
Very wet and mild at the moment. Gonna have the warmest new year's on record
@Larry - I have had very good experiences with online whistle purchases. I recommend: Becker, US, Goldfinch, Poland, Humphrey, US, Takahe, NZ and if you want to go high end, Bruke or Reyburn, US. Of these Becker is the most affordable at about $15. Handcrafted PVC and very pleasing to play. James Becker, the craftsman, obviously makes whistles for the love of his craft, not as a business enterprise.
Ah I'm in England, so its sites like JustFlutes, Eagle Music and Amazon that I look to
Ok I just picked up my Feadóg after some time away from it, and looked through the little James Galway book I've been working through, and the next piece to try is The Foggy Dew. I found it really hard, partly because I'd forgotten my fingerings, and also it spends a lot of time in the second octave. Oh my ears!
I only have 2 whistles, a Feadóg D and a Generation C. Not sure but I think I prefer the Feadóg, but I tried to tweak it a little as it has an overtone that I'm not too keen on. Not sure how successful I was. I want to try more whistles to be honest, but there's no music shops near me
This happens to me a lot too. Moving through phases of enjoying different types of instruments that I have at home. I think certain people are just more naturally prone to doing this. Variety can keep us motivated, that's how i see it.
That is a sweet little simple tune with a bit of added interest in the second part. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Strange how things come around... I all but gave up on whistle, preferring the recorder. But I picked up my whistles again and found myself wanting to play more traditional tunes.
Here's one from my recorder book. It's a lovely little tune called Flowers of the Forest, played on my D Feadóg.
I've gone & done it again, an MK Kelpie low 'F' came up for sale, it will be added to my ever growing collection of better quality whistles.
So now I think I need to thin out the collection, the question is, should I try selling the Gens/Faedog/Waltons, or just find a charity to give them to.
I think I favour giving them to those who may not have the resources to buy them for themselves, or where they could be used by multiple students to learn on. (Will have to see if I can find such.)
Funnily enough, I've just bought a glass slide for my ukes, I'd been been meaning to get one for ages, (about a year actually).
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.