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Norman
@norman
12/15/18 09:45:44AM
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The Positive Thread


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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.

 

Norman
@norman
12/10/18 11:45:57AM
11 posts

The Positive Thread


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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.

Norman
@norman
12/10/18 09:15:43AM
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New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

And a lot easier to take out caroling than a piano.

Norman
@norman
11/23/18 10:11:28AM
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What tune are you working on this week?


General penny whistle or music discussions

I am getting O Come, O Come, Emmanuel ready to play for our church offertory before  Christmas. I will be accompanied by our wonderful 91 year old pianist. I love  the music of Christmas.

Norman
@norman
11/13/18 02:07:18PM
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The Positive Thread


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Sunday I was able to do a tribute to my fellow veterans in church.  I played Amazing Grace followed by Taps. It thrilled my heart when a former student of mine, who had served, stood with the rest of the veterans.

Norman
@norman
09/13/18 09:03:23PM
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Show Us Your Pets!


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We lost Pax last year, and Lilly missed him terribly. We got her a new buddy, Marley. Never a dull moment.


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Norman
@norman
09/03/18 12:44:44PM
11 posts

Favorite whistles


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

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.

Norman
@norman
09/02/18 12:20:40AM
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Thanks for adding me


General penny whistle or music discussions

Paradigms, both of my Hoover's are phenolic resin. Check out his web site. Lots of interesting information and sound clips.

Norman
@norman
09/01/18 11:30:41PM
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Thanks for adding me


General penny whistle or music discussions

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.

Norman
@norman
08/30/18 07:08:50PM
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What tune are you working on this week?


General penny whistle or music discussions

I'm currently trying to get Inisheer under my fingers. It is a nice G tune that is pretty simple. There are several You Tube versions to study.

Norman
@norman
08/30/18 04:02:28PM
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Thanks for adding me


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I believe  the "screeching thing" is caused more by mis-fingering a hole than by breath. With practice it becomes less an issue. Breath control is harder to develop, particularly when trying to blow the whistle into tune.