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Strumelia
@strumelia
08/20/19 07:54:27PM
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The Drifting Thread


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I actually tuned up my gourd banjo this past week and played a little on it.  I had forgotten how nice its tone is.  banjo

Strumelia
@strumelia
07/25/19 02:05:53PM
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Keith:

Most of my original collection only get played occasionally now that I have better ones - but they do seem to play better now than when I first got them..... ROTFL

I wonder why that is.  biglaugh

 

Strumelia
@strumelia
07/25/19 12:23:01PM
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Keith you are so out of control.  dancecool


You must have a real nice collection at this point!  yes

Strumelia
@strumelia
07/19/19 02:31:40PM
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The Positive Thread


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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
06/03/19 09:06:27AM
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Thanks Keith!
The whole reason I can't update my older computer to win 10 is not because it's not capable (it is), but because several of the specialized software programs I depend on for work are old, no longer supported, and they likely won't work well on win10, certainly not on Linux.  When I get a new win10 laptop, I'll check to see if my work programs will function on it. Chances are 50/50, but I can't gamble that on my current main work desktop (which is only 6 yrs old and in good shape for now).  My goal is to keep those work programs going for another 4 or 5 yrs, when i hope to retire.   ;)

If when i get my new win 10 laptop I find that my main work software WILL run on it, that's when I'll see if I can switch to working entirely from my new laptop (with large monitor hookup) and I'd be able to retire my desktop if I wanted to, or just update it to win10.

Strumelia
@strumelia
05/26/19 11:47:17AM
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I've been drooling over the Dell XPS 13 new laptops... I'll probably buy one for online stuff once the end of the year gets closer where my main work desktop on win7 stops getting security updates.  At that point I'll just take it offline to work on  and use another device to do all my online stuff.

Strumelia
@strumelia
05/26/19 11:43:46AM
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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
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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
05/19/19 06:43:28PM
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"Some" old computers?  what


Glad I only keep the most recent one no longer in use, as an emergency backup.  


I don't play the 15 or so nice whistles I have enough as it is.  At least they are not as expensive as my banjos or other instruments.  whistle

Strumelia
@strumelia
05/03/19 02:24:33PM
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Ugh, that's disgusting!  Did the seller mention anything about how dirty the whistle was?  If not you could probably return it since they wouldn't want to risk getting a bad rating from a buyer. 


I googled how to clean an aluminum whistle and it gives a few helpful links here.

Strumelia
@strumelia
05/01/19 10:30:06AM
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Her head in her hands.... lol!  Reminds me of my two daughters when they were teens.

Strumelia
@strumelia
04/25/19 08:24:09AM
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You sound glad that you wound up with the flute, Keith.  Does it sound lovely and is it easy for you to 'run' ?

Strumelia
@strumelia
04/10/19 12:31:23PM
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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
04/08/19 10:24:21AM
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Careful Larry, I hear those NAFs are extremely addictive... nailbite


Keith, is the Cheiftain made from aluminum?

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/29/19 09:50:37AM
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Them's pretty bold moves you got there Keith.  I am impressed that you can enjoyably switch between a low F and a high F... that broad range is is about as wide as my head can even wrap around.  surprised

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/09/19 11:43:53AM
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That's depressing about your weight scale, Keith.  sadsmile


Raspberry pi... i had to look it up.  Sounds like lots of fun to work on!  Maybe the modern version of 'working on model airplanes'?

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/01/19 06:06:54PM
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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
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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
02/20/19 11:21:07AM
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Do you think they were made for these companies by Susato?
Are these new or used whistles that you got?

How do they play and sound?

And do you have the Susato in C black plastic to compare them to?

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/08/19 11:08:52AM
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Keith:

OK, here's a first attempt with it.

It's got a lovely tone in F, Keith!  Very pleasant to listen to.  :)

Here's a challenge for you-  at certain measures to go from one note to another without tongueing. Like from note 1 to 2, OR from note 3 to 4 in a measure.
I catch myself with both tongueing and bowing I tend to always do a new tongue or a new bowstroke with every note. It always sounds better when I slur some note transitions on the same breath or the same bowstroke.  Mind you, I'm a rank amateur but I've found that it sounds good when I vary it  -once I am able to.   :D

 

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/07/19 09:09:52AM
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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
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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
02/01/19 09:57:17AM
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We had about 9 inches. (such an appropriate subject for the 'drifting thread' lolol)

It's not as bad here in NY as in Chicago, but it's been pretty darn cold too- this morning at 10am it's minus 1 degree F.  Brrr

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/28/19 11:24:08AM
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The Positive Thread


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

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/19/19 08:12:19AM
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Strumelia
@strumelia
01/19/19 08:09:53AM
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Strumelia
@strumelia
01/17/19 08:53:02AM
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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
01/03/19 02:40:12PM
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Lovely mellow tone on that whistle, Larry.

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/03/19 02:07:59PM
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I hope both of you love your new low whistles!

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/01/19 12:39:41PM
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New Year Resolution


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

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/28/18 04:46:20PM
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Exciting, you guys!


Wish I had bigger hands... At least for now, I can't play anything lower than a G at most.  wasntme

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/26/18 03:20:41PM
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Wow, sounds great!  But it's huge!   tmi

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/26/18 02:40:09PM
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Larry is that an aluminum whistle?

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

Show Us Your Pets!


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Lady looks so sweet!

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/19/18 12:49:13PM
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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
119 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
119 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
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The Positive Thread


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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
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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
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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. 


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