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Strumelia
@strumelia
12/10/18 12:14:32PM
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The Positive Thread


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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
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The Positive Thread


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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
80 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
80 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
80 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
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/01/18 03:38:53PM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Good one Keith.  thumbsup

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/30/18 12:29:05PM
80 posts

What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Here's something I wrote about never being 'good enough' back in 2009.  It's on my dulcimer blog but it applies to playing any instrument I think:

https://dulcimer-noter-drone.blogspot.com/2009/09/am-i-too-old.html

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/30/18 11:59:01AM
80 posts

What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

There's no way I could concentrate only on one type of instrument for months at a time. It's not in my genetic makeup!
More accurately, it would take some of the joy out of making music at home for me.

Wow, I didn't know one had to keep harmonicas from getting cold.  Who knew?  frog

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/28/18 01:52:06PM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Which one is the silver one?

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/28/18 01:01:15PM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Keith, if the photo file isn't too giant, you should be able to embed or attach it to your post in this discussion, too.

See one of the top discussions, on adding images to a post here:

https://pennywhistleclub.com/forums/forum/site-questions-how-do-i

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/26/18 12:09:37PM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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That's fun, Keith!  Did you get a good deal on them?

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/25/18 10:45:43PM
80 posts

What tune are you working on this week?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Do you think O Tananbaum might be the easiest Christmas tune to play?

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/21/18 12:50:29PM
80 posts

Two ways to add an image to your discussion post


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

There are TWO ways to add an image to your discussion post. In both cases, the image must first reside on your computer or device and you'll be pointing to it. You can't insert an image that is just sitting on the internet somewhere.

1) Attach the image or file to your post: When typing your post, use the "Attach Files" button underneath the text editor box where you are typing your post. Browse to the image on your computer that you want to attach to your post. This will insert a small thumbnail of the picture into your post.
Note: When you see the thumbnail and text link for an attached image, it's when folks have used that "Attach file" button easily seen at bottom of text editor window. Click right on the thumbnail pic itself to open it right there to SEE it full size.  OR... Clicking on the text link will simply DOWNLOAD it to your computer.

or

2)Embed the image into your post.  That will create a larger picture right within your discussion post.
To do that, when you are typing your post you click on the little icon button that looks like a film strip ("embed local media")- that icon is to the left of the Smiley button in the text editor window. Once in that window, select the SIZE you want the image to be in the left side dropdown menu...XL or XXL usually works well. Then you click the "Select an image to upload and insert" button to the right. When you click that 'Select' button, it'll take you to where you can browse to the image on your computer that you want to embed in the post. An embedded picture will not need to be clicked on to see it, it'll already be showing in the post, at the size you've selected.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/21/18 12:23:10PM
80 posts

How to add an audio or soundcloud clip to the site


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

1- go to your Profile Page (by clicking right on your NAME itself at top right of any page).

2- select the appropriate TAB in your profile page (Video or Audio, etc) (see my screenshot below)

3- then click the PLUS+ button at upper right to add a new audio item, and choose whether to upload a file from your computer, or to select one of your existing SoundCloud files. Enter the info required for your new Audio file or Video.  Be sure you are complying with site rules on copyright etc.

Remember- you can go directly to your profile page from anywhere on this site by simply clicking right on your name at top right link.

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Strumelia
@strumelia
11/20/18 10:53:20AM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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yes  Well done Larry.


updated by @strumelia: 11/20/18 11:10:59AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/20/18 10:42:24AM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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It's the perfect weather to play something dark and mournful then.  evilgrin

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/18/18 12:24:43PM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Well, I admit I don't spend enough time on my banjos, dulcimers, and pennywhistles as I should.  I have too many interests, and am also not yet retired.  BUT... playing on my lovely instruments at home in my spare time is such a great joy in my life whenever I do find time to sit down with it.  I'll never become 'pro' level at any instrument, but I loooove playing music nonetheless.

I'd say I use @chris 's method for the most part... with a combination of simple melody sheet music and working the tune out by ear.  Occasionally I do make use whistle tab if there's a particular tune with tab that will help me.  But as soon as I hear the tune in my head I try to put aside both sheet music and tab and keep them only to jog my memory when I forget some part.

I have come to view the tedious process of 'trying' (and often failing) to play a tune as a part of the whole music making journey that I should just embrace rather than beating myself up over my failings.  For me, the journey is the thing, not so much any destination or end goal I might have in my head. I've come to allow myself to accept this, and doing so has increased my playing enjoyment.
I strongly believe that music should not be something that only 'talented' people should do- it should be something every person can make part of their daily life no matter how humble their ability. It's almost a basic human need in my view. My hope is that all of us here can feel good about sharing our love for making music without feeling we'll be judged or critiqued if we can only play a few notes.  Even when I make lots of mistakes, I find great joy in just tootling around on a simple folk tune and creating a few phrases of pretty notes strung together. So soothing for the soul!


updated by @strumelia: 11/18/18 12:35:57PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/15/18 11:54:57AM
80 posts

The Positive Thread


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You'll have to accept the brass whistles' tarnish wear spots around the fingerholes, that comes with playing over time,like here:

rogue-whistles

I kinda like that 'look'.  There's also the smell of brass on your fingertips after playing- it's a subtle thing, but some people dislike it a lot.  I don't mind it myself, smells a little 'elemental'/metallic.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/15/18 10:13:27AM
80 posts

The Positive Thread


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Can you hear any consistent difference between the brass and the nickel?  Or is it hard to tell?

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/13/18 03:26:09PM
80 posts

The Positive Thread


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Norman, thanks for telling us this- it does warm the heart.  So wonderful that you played for everyone to honor our country's veterans.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/12/18 01:23:42PM
80 posts

What tune are you working on this week?


General penny whistle or music discussions

The B part of Mudgee Waltz has a kind of old caliope sound to it.

How is "Mudgee" supposed to be pronounced, do you know?

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/12/18 09:35:48AM
80 posts

What tune are you working on this week?


General penny whistle or music discussions

@chris , the Mudgee Waltz looks pleasant and fairly playable for amateurs like me.  nod

I found the sheet music for it in the keys of G, C, and D online. I may try it out in D so that the lowest note is the tonic D with all fingers down on the whistle, and it'll have the C# (which I find easier to play than the Cnatural):

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ed/80/03/ed8003562d571eef7a240ba11f26d5fd.png

I'll have a go at it later today! I do like old polkas and waltzes.

Are you learning it in G or in D on your whistle?

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/08/18 12:36:48PM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Keith I really enjoyed your Amazing Grace on various instruments, on your YT channel.  clapper

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/08/18 12:28:27PM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Larry that's pretty!

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/08/18 08:39:49AM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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@keith - are any of these clips on youtube or a place where we can have a peek without joining a uke forum?  banjo

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/08/18 08:38:50AM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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LarryS: I have too many instruments and not enough time

Me too, but I've decided to see that as insurance against getting bored in my old age.  ;)

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/03/18 12:51:49PM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Keith:

Interesting, I thought most banjos came with mylar heads these days.

Most banjos do have either mylar or plastic heads these days.  I myself often play 1800s style reproduction banjos in historic settings, so those three banjos of mine represent banjos as they were made at that time- with real skin heads, wooden tuning pegs, and no frets. The only concession I make is using Nylgut strings... which function and sound very close to gut strings but are not so badly effected by humidity. I've tried having both a real calf head and gut strings- there are many situations where this combo can make it impossible to play the banjo, so most banjo 're-enactors' do use nylon strings for outdoor venues or camping. It's easier to dry out your head than your strings!

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updated by @strumelia: 11/03/18 12:55:09PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/02/18 01:40:10PM
80 posts

Rethinking pennywhistle.


Whistle playing techniques - questions/help

I like to learn simple old folk tunes from various places- that includes from Ireland, but also Scotland, England, France, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain... wherever!  As long as the tune speaks to me in some way.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/02/18 01:37:17PM
80 posts

What tune are you working on this week?


General penny whistle or music discussions

I've been trying to learn an old tune that's often associated with Christmas-  Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day.

I find it so pretty!  I started out trying to play it on my penny whistle, but I've decided i like it better played on my epinette des Vosges... so I'm practicing it on that now instead.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/02/18 10:46:26AM
80 posts

The Positive Thread


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@keith , that's sweet of you!  grphug

My positive thing today was getting some new cat toys in the mail to introduce to our kitties, and also just now heading out the door to have a nice coffee in town before I return home to start work. coffee

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/02/18 10:42:24AM
80 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Well, in Summer the humidity causes my calf and goat skin banjo heads to get saggy, which makes them really hard to play.

There's always a challenge with the weather in some way with instruments it seems!

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/13/18 09:19:32PM
80 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Aww... that's a sweetie pie Norman.  love

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/11/18 02:36:52PM
80 posts

Native American Flutes anyone?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Have fun at the jam!  Banjo, mtn dulcimer and PW seem like a great trio of 'tools' to take for that scenario. (I play all three, as you may know already...tho my pw playing is not up to jamming much yet)

I can appreciate the meditative and calming quality of playing the NA flute. I can envision someone playing it at a window or in front of a fireplace on a grey winter day or snowy evening.

I had moved this thread to the "Adventures with Other Instruments" Forum category here, so you needn't worry at all about talking about other instruments you might play here. I myself like discussing various instruments that people play, and why they play them.   pimento


updated by @strumelia: 09/11/18 02:39:53PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
09/11/18 10:59:46AM
80 posts

Native American Flutes anyone?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I've managed to so far resist the 'siren call' of Native American flutes.  I love how they sound, but I suspect the NA flute scales probably don't lend themselves to the types of music I most want to play- early American and European folk tunes and fiddle tunes, and also medieval/Renaissance tunes. And I'm aware of my own tendency to spread myself too thin in my musical endeavors... I'm still new to pennywhistle and am a rank amateur- so much wishful music learning to do -and so little free time!  doh

Have you tried out or do you own any NA flutes yet, @papasims ?  Do you think you would try playing improvised tunes with a NA flair on the flute ?


updated by @strumelia: 09/11/18 11:02:28AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
08/31/18 01:21:06PM
80 posts

Thanks for adding me


General penny whistle or music discussions

@Papasims, I like the tone of the Dixon brass "Trad" models.  I have them in high E, D, C, Bb, and low G.  They all sound pretty nice except the C, which I can't stand to play and takes way too much breath for very little volume. 

I think there's a point where a maker has to switch to a bigger diameter tube when working their way down from key of high D.  Sometimes it seems to be at C, sometimes at Bb.  The Dixon Trad brass is a bigger diameter then the high D, the same size tube as the Bb.  But the Bb works and sounds lovely for me, whereas the C requires way more work and doesn't 'sing' for me no matter what I do.  If you have trouble on the Dixon brass Bb then i advise you to steer clear of the C!  Of course any larger whistle is going to require some extra care in finger placement and breath control- I find larger whistles take some getting used to. But if I spend an hour or so playing one, I always wind up making it sound better than when I sat down with it.

The more I jump around between my various whistles the less I can get better at playing a particular one, because each whistle is different. But it's such a hard choice to purposely stick to just one or two whistles for a long while, when one has a dozen fun whistles in various keys and materials to grab.... doh


updated by @strumelia: 08/31/18 01:24:10PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
08/28/18 11:55:01AM
80 posts

What tune are you working on this week?


General penny whistle or music discussions

I'm trying to get better at playing in G on my D whistle... going back to basics to hopefully improve my beginner skills!

So I've been working on some very simple G folk tunes.

Here's a fun little French traditional polka I'm practicing:

Polka de Mirepoix

 


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