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Strumelia
@strumelia
04/25/19 08:24:09AM
108 posts

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' ?

Strumelia
@strumelia
04/10/19 12:31:23PM
108 posts

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
108 posts

The Drifting Thread


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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
108 posts

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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
108 posts

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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
108 posts

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
108 posts

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
108 posts

The Drifting Thread


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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
108 posts

The Drifting Thread


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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
108 posts

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
108 posts

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
108 posts

The Drifting Thread


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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
108 posts

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
108 posts

Two ways to add an image to your discussion post


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Testing embedding an image into a post here:

LilyPadFrog.jpg


updated by @strumelia: 01/19/19 08:12:57AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
01/19/19 08:09:53AM
108 posts

Two ways to add an image to your discussion post


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Testing adding an image attachment to a post here:

 


LilyPadFrog.jpg LilyPadFrog.jpg - 224KB

updated by @strumelia: 01/19/19 08:13:47AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
01/17/19 08:53:02AM
108 posts

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
108 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Lovely mellow tone on that whistle, Larry.

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/03/19 02:07:59PM
108 posts

The Drifting Thread


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I hope both of you love your new low whistles!

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/01/19 12:39:41PM
108 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

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

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/28/18 04:46:20PM
108 posts

The Drifting Thread


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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
108 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Wow, sounds great!  But it's huge!   tmi

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/26/18 02:40:09PM
108 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Larry is that an aluminum whistle?

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

Show Us Your Pets!


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Lady looks so sweet!

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/19/18 12:49:13PM
108 posts

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
108 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
108 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
108 posts

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
108 posts

The Positive Thread


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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
108 posts

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
108 posts

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
108 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
108 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
108 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
108 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Good one Keith.  thumbsup

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/30/18 12:29:05PM
108 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
108 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
108 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Which one is the silver one?

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/28/18 01:01:15PM
108 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
108 posts

The Drifting Thread


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

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