The Drifting Thread
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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' ?
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.
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:
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
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!
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. :)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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:
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)
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:
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?
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: