Native American Flutes anyone?
Adventures with 'other' instruments...
We just got back after a four hour drive to attend Cherish the Ladies' Christmas concert in Tulsa.
Joanne Madden's whistle playing was beyond beautiful. It was amazing how a lowly whistle voice could soar above a full orchestral accompaniment. I was completely captivated and thrilled by the whole evening.
Hi Keith. I think most of us do the same thing, but because D is the whistle most people start with, we treat D as the bell note of our whistle regardless of the actual key of the whistle. I transpose most tunes to D or G.
After all I came to the whistle from the mountain dulcimer and I have tons of stuff tabbed out in D.
What are your favorite whistles?
I really love both of my Mack Hoover whistles when I play out at the hospital or nursing homes. But I tend to grab a Clark traditional whistle (the one with the wooden fipple) when I go outside to play. I enjoy its breathy sound for airs and hymns that I like to play. The price is hard to beat.
I have a Hoover Bb that takes less than a whisper of breath to make sing. I play at hospitals and assisted living centers and all my whistles are much too loud there.
Mack voiced a D and the Bb so quiet that they are perfect for my special folks. In fact, if I forget and play them like my Dixon I almost burst a lung from the back pressure. However, played softly they have a sweet, gentle sound.