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.
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. :)
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.