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Keith
@keith
08/01/20 02:14:53PM
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It has been really quiet around where I live - until a couple of weeks ago - kids are back out playing, & noisy car stereos again, unfortunately! earplug

I've gained a new hobby whilst we were in lock down - I bought myself a 16" wheel kick scooter - it's really hard work at the moment on gravel fire road, but once I get used to it, I'm hoping to venture forth & put some miles in on it. grin

Keith
@keith
04/11/20 07:49:41AM
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Unfortunately, my playing is somewhat curtailed, as we have thin walls, & I don't want to annoy the neighbours - we will all be getting a bit stressful, 3 weeks in on our lock down. duck

Stay in - stay safe.

Keith
@keith
02/29/20 10:09:38AM
126 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

I have several, Generation, Faedog, Tony Dixon, Waltons, Clarke, (told you you can't just have one). winker

Of these, my prefered high 'D' is a Tony Dixon tunable aluminium, but their cheaper one piece ABS comes a  close second.

Keith
@keith
02/29/20 10:01:15AM
126 posts

Hello to my new whistling friends.


General penny whistle or music discussions


Welcome aboard the whistle merry-go--round. flute

(You can't just have one.....) duck


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Keith
@keith
12/19/19 06:31:16AM
126 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Seasons Greetings.......& may Santa leave you a new little friend.... flute

Keith
@keith
12/02/19 04:13:16AM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


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

Fear not, the Bb is on the extreme of normal holding & playing, you may need to use 'the piper's grip' on it & other lower whistles. Check out online videos to see how to use it. Basically, you use the pads of your fingers instead of your finger tips, put the pad of your ring finger on the lower hole, & let your others go where they want to go, same with the top three holes. It just takes a little bit of practice, we all need to use it on the low whistles. flute

Keith
@keith
11/17/19 04:36:40AM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


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

It's nice to get a new whistle now & again. I have found that high priced whistles don't necessarily play any better, but it's nice to have them. You may find the sound of brass works better for some tunes. Our tastes do change over time, enjoy them both. flute

Keith
@keith
10/29/19 04:59:19AM
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That sounds like a plan, Norman, any idea what type you'll be looking to get?

Keith
@keith
10/24/19 09:49:30AM
126 posts

What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Well.......just ordered my Xmas present. shhh

Seydel Saxony orchestra tuned chromatic harmonica. Most of my harmonicas have ABS combs, but this one has an aluminium comb, so now I'm looking forward to seeing how different the tone will be.

Keith
@keith
10/21/19 09:48:18AM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


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


I have a Gemeinhardt myself, but I don't really play it, I prefer keyless. Of those you list, the only other maker I know anything about is Selmer, they used to make good instruments.

If you have a music shop nearby, you may be able to get a refurbished flute, & advice into the bargain.

This forum is for the tin/penny whistle, so not many will have any knowledge of flutes, but you might like to try this other forum for better info - https://www.fluteland.com/board/

 


updated by @keith: 10/21/19 09:56:02AM
Keith
@keith
10/21/19 04:42:07AM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


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


Most people start off with either a high D or high C, depending on the type of tunes you want to play.

A good book to help learn flute would be 'Flute for Dummies', (you could get a pre used copy quite cheaply from a second hand book store like Abe Books online).

If you haven't bought your flute yet, maybe consider a keyless 'simple system' flute, just has the 6 holes like a whistle.

P.S. Open or closed holes generally refers to Boehm flutes.


updated by @keith: 10/21/19 04:59:50AM
Keith
@keith
10/21/19 04:32:31AM
126 posts

What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

If the guitar isn't a pleasure any more, take a look at ukulele, lots of guitarists have taken to them.

Flutes are nice, but I've had difficulty in obtaining my embouchure, it comes & goes, but I keep trying. I now have a couple of nice keyless 'simple system' flutes (& piccolos) in my collection.

Keith
@keith
10/21/19 04:24:17AM
126 posts

How to clean your whistle


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

Hello, Gwen, I'm fairly new to whistles, my cleaning so far has been of pre used instruments, but I would think not very often, unless you are a wet blower.

None of mine have any indication of needing cleaning yet, nothing in the barrel or fipple. If you do see any build up, that would be the time to give them a clean.

I don't think small amounts of deposit would affect the quality of sound much, but it's nice to keep them looking good anyway.

Keith
@keith
10/20/19 10:47:36AM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


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

Had a nice practice session yesterday, mainly my 'A', low 'G', & low 'F' whistles.

I'm beginning to get the 'feel' of my MK Kelpie low 'F' now, it has a lovely tone.

Keith
@keith
10/11/19 08:36:27AM
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The Drifting Thread


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Seems to be a dearth of decent whistles on Ebay lately..........did I buy them all! nahnah

Still look...just in case...though I don't need any more. tumbleweed

Keith
@keith
10/01/19 01:53:00PM
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Oh, I think I'm fairly well covered for plastic whistles...... I do have the Susato 'B' & the Dixon ABS low 'G'.... plus my Susato high 'Eb', Dixon ABS high 'D' & low 'D'.... so I think that I might just manage..... whistle


updated by @keith: 10/01/19 01:53:57PM
Keith
@keith
10/01/19 04:12:53AM
126 posts

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I do have 3x 'A' whistles, two of which I really like, & play often, (Dixon Trad brass & a Thunderbird aluminium), the other one, (Dixon tunable aluminium), has a bit of a quirk in that I seem to have to twist it slightly to get the second octave, so I really didn't need another - but I was tempted.

Keith
@keith
09/28/19 01:59:30PM
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Hey......I resisted a Susato in 'A'.........my whistle aquisition syndrome seems to be curing itself...Laugh

Keith
@keith
09/26/19 07:01:11AM
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Yep, it's definately a key of 'B', & quite a nice tone to it, after playing a couple of tunes on it. thumbsup


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Keith
@keith
09/23/19 02:55:57PM
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A Susato advertised as a high 'D' on Ebay appears to actually be a 'B', looking at the photos - so at £23 (incl P&P), it's mine - I didn't have a 'B' whistle, but will have soon, methinks. flute

Keith
@keith
09/13/19 06:03:33PM
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Yeah, I mainly play an 'A', low 'G', or low 'F' when practicing/playing, just occasionally bring out the big ones.

Keith
@keith
09/13/19 08:05:54AM
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I guess it's time to dig out the Xmas tunes again.... evilgrin

Keith
@keith
08/26/19 08:30:09AM
126 posts

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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.)

Keith
@keith
08/26/19 08:20:56AM
126 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

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

I really wasn't intending to buy any more, although I would have liked another low 'F'.....

Guess what - an MK Kelpie low 'F' just came up for sale - now these are the bees knees when it comes to whistles - so I just had to add it to my collection.

It was priced at two thirds list price, is one year old, & has been hardly played, by someone who has a low 'D' Kelpie, which s/he prefers to play in their limited available playing time.

 

Keith
@keith
08/05/19 10:26:28AM
126 posts

Other useful forums


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

Came across this website, really useful, lots of mainly old folk tunes.

 

http://folkopedia.efdss.org/wiki/Music

Keith
@keith
07/20/19 08:23:42AM
126 posts

What tune are you working on this week?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Scarborough Fair & Greensleeves are my harmonica forum challenge this month, so I think I'll try to get Greensleeves onto my list, I know it's a bit passe, but I like it. smiler

Keith
@keith
07/20/19 08:11:50AM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


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


I think I've come to the conclusion that the thicker walled whistles give the best tone.

My standard 'beginner' whistles, (Generations/Walton/Feadog), are OK, but my traditional brass, & my aluminium whistles have much better tone, & I find the polymers have a kind of softer/warmer tone to them too.


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Keith
@keith
07/20/19 07:53:10AM
126 posts

The Positive Thread


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TD Trad brass high D piccolo arrived this morning, it plays well, & isn't at all shrill sounding, in fact, it has quite a nice tone.thumbsup

Playing simple system flutes, whistles, & piccolos isn't that hard to do actually, that's probably the reason I get on with them so well. music


updated by @keith: 07/20/19 07:57:41AM
Keith
@keith
07/19/19 01:49:54PM
126 posts

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I still like to try new things out - if at the right price.

An opportunity to buy/try a Susato Eb at a reasonable price (£19) has come up , it has been lying around the dealers for a couple of years, evidently, so I ordered it, this will be my first Susato.

I also came across a brand new Tony Dixon TRAD brass high D piccolo, going fairly cheaply too, (including postage £18.19).

I do like to play & switch between them often, as it keeps my interest up - also my harmonicas, between chromatics & tremolos.

I do like this music hobby. flute

Keith
@keith
07/15/19 09:31:46AM
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What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Good for you, Larry, I hope it works out OK, I used to like mine, it was just a bit too quiet for me.

Keith
@keith
07/15/19 06:54:59AM
126 posts

What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Decided to try out a (cheap) bamboo Chinese Dizi - it arrived with some 'membrane' in a packet, no idea what it was meant for, but there seemed to be one too many holes, so I taped it up, & now I have a spare bamboo flute in 'F'. flute grin

Keith
@keith
06/24/19 05:47:54AM
126 posts

What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...


I have been having a good time with my M&E 'F' flute this past 2 days, seemed to get the embouchure just right, on some easy tunes.

(Have also been playing my 'A' & low 'D' whistles.)


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Keith
@keith
06/18/19 01:02:51PM
126 posts

What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I have a feeling that may be due to the prevalence of wound strings on guitars, my ukes have fluorocarbon strings in the main - but I will also be trying it out on my steel string electric uke, with the effects that are on my amp. earplug


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Keith
@keith
06/18/19 10:16:53AM
126 posts

What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

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). thumbsup

Keith
@keith
06/18/19 08:30:31AM
126 posts

What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...


Thought I'd try multi tracking a tune using 3 different whistles. flute

 

play Shall We Gather at the River using 3 different whistles


ShallWeGather3.mp3 - 896KB

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Keith
@keith
05/26/19 01:41:08PM
126 posts

The Positive Thread


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Yes, & I have that now - after a bit of 'collecting'. thumbsup

The other day, I just opened the drawer where I keep them, took one out, & just played it.......

 

 

....then another.....& another...... but stopped after the low D, low F, & A.... grin

Keith
@keith
05/26/19 01:31:17PM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


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

I'd likely use the high G, if my fingers didn't rub together on it - the high F is tiny, but fun to play. flute


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Keith
@keith
05/25/19 08:06:50AM
126 posts

Favorite whistles


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

Well, after a period of collecting whistles, giggle , I tend to play my low Ds, low F, As, & high F the most. happys

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