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General penny whistle or music discussions
If you are considering getting a whistle made of a material other than brass or tin (plastic, aluminum, polymer, wood, etc), then be sure to do some searches within Youtube to get a preview of players playing these types of whistles before you order one. There are lots of great videos there comparing various whistles in different materials and brands. Though not quite as good or as accurate as playing them all in person, it's still a great (and free!) way to listen before you buy. It'll get you a little closer to narrowing down your preferences. It's how I wound up getting the whistles that have become my favorites.
Hi Bookman! I find I have collected favorite simple tunes that fall in certain genres... oldtime or 1800s American. and medieval or Renaissance era European folk/dance tunes are my two fave genres. And i tend to try to play those same tunes on whatever instruments I'm fancying on a particular day. That might be a day when I grab a banjo off the wall, or take out my langspil, or a mountain dulcimer, or reach for a pennywhistle in my 'vase' of whistles. Not saying I'm skilled on any of this, but it brings me so much joy to just make some pretty notes and play simple tunes at home, mistakes and all.
I have that same 'malady' Keith. It's hard to break the habit of checking Ebay for instruments I certainly have enough of and no longer need to keep buying. And it really is just a habit... I can't stand the idea that I might miss something wonderful... despite having enough wonderful examples already.
This is true for some various instruments I own or play... not just penny whistles. It seems I have finally broken my need to seek more whistles though. I've disabled a few of the 'saved searches' I've set up on ebay over the years- that seems to be the key to breaking the habit, for me anyway.
My thoughts on this: Non-whistle players tend to be squeamish about putting their mouths on used whistles. But whistle players don't have such qualms. So if i were you i'd just work up a nice cheap price and bundle them together as one sale on chiff&fipple. Someone there will like them for throwing in the car of giving to their grandchildren. If you bundle them you'll only have to ship one package, too... thus keep the price more accessible.
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.
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.
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.
The high F seems unusual to add in among the rest of those you listed. Those things are tiny!
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.
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. :)