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Keith
@keith
10/06/21 04:02:55AM
144 posts

Practice!?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Ah, I like a bit of OMNIA too... nod


updated by @keith: 10/06/21 04:04:56AM
Keith
@keith
10/04/21 04:16:21AM
144 posts

Practice!?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Warming up the whistle by blowing breath through it before playing does seem to help with getting the high notes.

Cuts & rolls seem to be fairly important to the way Irish music is played, so if that is your choice, it will likely help practicing them too.

Keith
@keith
09/27/21 09:37:29AM
144 posts

That's Odd


General penny whistle or music discussions

No, I find the regular scales quite taxing enough!  whistle


updated by @keith: 09/27/21 09:38:51AM
Keith
@keith
09/27/21 09:36:09AM
144 posts

Practice!?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Sorry, I haven't been getting notifications & only just seen this - I think it mainly depends on your end goals.

Personally, I just play a tune or two, I don't actually structure my practice time, I only play for my own pleasure, & it works for me.

Playing scales teaches where the notes are, but equally, you could just play from tab.

Keith
@keith
07/14/21 04:20:09AM
144 posts

Your Whistling


General penny whistle or music discussions

Let us all know what you think of your Goldfinch, when you get them, I've heard mixed feelings about them on the Chiff & Fipple forum.

Keith
@keith
07/13/21 04:26:09AM
144 posts

Your Whistling


General penny whistle or music discussions

My most played are low 'F', low 'G', & 'A' - they just feel right in my hands, & have a nicer quality of sound than the higher ones, to my ears.

Keith
@keith
07/12/21 11:12:04AM
144 posts

Your Whistling


General penny whistle or music discussions


Most of mine are at the cheap end, just a few in the £80~100+ area, & those were mainly acquired pre used.

Howard low D & MK Kelpie low F were my main expenditure.


updated by @keith: 07/12/21 11:14:35AM
Keith
@keith
07/10/21 09:57:59AM
144 posts

Your Whistling


General penny whistle or music discussions

....& most of them are so affordable! flute

Keith
@keith
07/10/21 04:37:04AM
144 posts

The Positive Thread


Off Topic discussions

Hope everyone has made it through Covid OK - I know that I was in the doldrums for months, (being in lock down), but I seem to be getting back to doing things again now, so looking forwards to better times. thumbsup

Keith
@keith
07/10/21 04:25:19AM
144 posts

Show us a pic of the PRETTIEST whistle you own!


General penny whistle or music discussions

....coming back to this - I think my Howard low D, or my MK Kelpie low F are probably the best looking whistles in my collection, & they are both black, the Howard is brass, whilst the MK is aluminium.

Keith
@keith
07/10/21 04:14:24AM
144 posts

Your Whistling


General penny whistle or music discussions


I played recorders but wanted more volume, but something easy to play, (no keys), so tried a whistle.

Then, as is usual with me, I had to try different ones, so the collection grew..... whistle

P.S. I now also have keyless flutes/piccolos/fifes to go with them. winky


updated by @keith: 07/10/21 04:16:31AM
Keith
@keith
03/09/21 05:24:41AM
144 posts

DUO


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


Never heard of it...but found a video of one being played. flute

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMxZ0n7jjmk"


updated by @keith: 03/09/21 05:29:41AM
Keith
@keith
03/07/21 02:17:51PM
144 posts

What whistles higher than D do you have?


General penny whistle or music discussions

I have Generation high G, high F, high Eb, both brass & nickel, & a (pre used) Susato high Eb.

I got them 'because' they were available. whistle

They didn't cost much, & I spent a fair bit of practice time on the high F whistles, because they're 'cute', but the high G whistles are a bit cramped for my fingers, so not played so much - & the Susato is loud. earplug

Keith
@keith
11/02/20 08:08:19AM
144 posts

The Positive Thread


Off Topic discussions


I'd suggest a one piece ABS Tony Dixon to start with, not too expensive, & plays quite well.

(You can often find them pre used cheaper, & they're easy to sanitize.)

Keyless flutes are easier, I find, almost as easy as whistle.


updated by @keith: 11/02/20 08:10:25AM
Keith
@keith
11/01/20 04:59:31AM
144 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

We're just about to go into full lock down again over here in the UK, (from what I've just been told); how long can we last like this?! shrugger

The Kickbike really is just a big (foot) scooter, bigger wheels make it easier on rough ground, I used to ride my bikes (pedal cycles) off road quite a lot, a few years back........well, 20 odd years ago I guess it was now, doesn't seem that long ago.......I must be getting old.... winker

Flat? - nowhere around here is flat, it's either up or down, & they're big ups & downs!

I had to walk up the hills when I was riding my bikes around here, so pushing a scooter up them is a bit easier, & I can get up to a fair speed on the less bumpy bits. thumbsup

Went for a quick walk last Friday, (about 6 miles), took just over the hour, & now I'm still recovering from it 2 days later.... babycrawl

Keith
@keith
10/26/20 05:32:58AM
144 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

I've been rather quiet lately, but I bought a bigger & better scooter with bigger wheels to handle the offroad side of my adventuring, (a Kickbike Cross Fix), but haven't really used it yet.

My whistling was on temporary hold, as I was trying to get my embouchure back on my flutes & piccolos; still somewhat hit & miss, unfortunately, so back to my low F, low G, & A whistles.

Still playing my harmonicas, (about as much as I was before).

Hope the trampolining is doing OK; I know it's getting hard to motivate oneself these days, with all the Covid restrictions, but hopefully, not for much longer.

Keith
@keith
08/01/20 02:14:53PM
144 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

It has been really quiet around where I live - until a couple of weeks ago - kids are back out playing, & noisy car stereos again, unfortunately! earplug

I've gained a new hobby whilst we were in lock down - I bought myself a 16" wheel kick scooter - it's really hard work at the moment on gravel fire road, but once I get used to it, I'm hoping to venture forth & put some miles in on it. grin

Keith
@keith
04/11/20 07:49:41AM
144 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

Unfortunately, my playing is somewhat curtailed, as we have thin walls, & I don't want to annoy the neighbours - we will all be getting a bit stressful, 3 weeks in on our lock down. duck

Stay in - stay safe.

Keith
@keith
02/29/20 10:09:38AM
144 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

I have several, Generation, Faedog, Tony Dixon, Waltons, Clarke, (told you you can't just have one). winker

Of these, my prefered high 'D' is a Tony Dixon tunable aluminium, but their cheaper one piece ABS comes a  close second.

Keith
@keith
02/29/20 10:01:15AM
144 posts

Hello to my new whistling friends.


General penny whistle or music discussions


Welcome aboard the whistle merry-go--round. flute

(You can't just have one.....) duck


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Keith
@keith
12/19/19 06:31:16AM
144 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

Seasons Greetings.......& may Santa leave you a new little friend.... flute

Keith
@keith
12/02/19 04:13:16AM
144 posts

Favorite whistles


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

Fear not, the Bb is on the extreme of normal holding & playing, you may need to use 'the piper's grip' on it & other lower whistles. Check out online videos to see how to use it. Basically, you use the pads of your fingers instead of your finger tips, put the pad of your ring finger on the lower hole, & let your others go where they want to go, same with the top three holes. It just takes a little bit of practice, we all need to use it on the low whistles. flute

Keith
@keith
11/17/19 04:36:40AM
144 posts

Favorite whistles


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

It's nice to get a new whistle now & again. I have found that high priced whistles don't necessarily play any better, but it's nice to have them. You may find the sound of brass works better for some tunes. Our tastes do change over time, enjoy them both. flute

Keith
@keith
10/29/19 04:59:19AM
144 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

That sounds like a plan, Norman, any idea what type you'll be looking to get?

Keith
@keith
10/24/19 09:49:30AM
144 posts

What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Well.......just ordered my Xmas present. shhh

Seydel Saxony orchestra tuned chromatic harmonica. Most of my harmonicas have ABS combs, but this one has an aluminium comb, so now I'm looking forward to seeing how different the tone will be.

Keith
@keith
10/21/19 09:48:18AM
144 posts

Favorite whistles


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


I have a Gemeinhardt myself, but I don't really play it, I prefer keyless. Of those you list, the only other maker I know anything about is Selmer, they used to make good instruments.

If you have a music shop nearby, you may be able to get a refurbished flute, & advice into the bargain.

This forum is for the tin/penny whistle, so not many will have any knowledge of flutes, but you might like to try this other forum for better info - https://www.fluteland.com/board/

 


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Keith
@keith
10/21/19 04:42:07AM
144 posts

Favorite whistles


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


Most people start off with either a high D or high C, depending on the type of tunes you want to play.

A good book to help learn flute would be 'Flute for Dummies', (you could get a pre used copy quite cheaply from a second hand book store like Abe Books online).

If you haven't bought your flute yet, maybe consider a keyless 'simple system' flute, just has the 6 holes like a whistle.

P.S. Open or closed holes generally refers to Boehm flutes.


updated by @keith: 10/21/19 04:59:50AM
Keith
@keith
10/21/19 04:32:31AM
144 posts

What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

If the guitar isn't a pleasure any more, take a look at ukulele, lots of guitarists have taken to them.

Flutes are nice, but I've had difficulty in obtaining my embouchure, it comes & goes, but I keep trying. I now have a couple of nice keyless 'simple system' flutes (& piccolos) in my collection.

Keith
@keith
10/21/19 04:24:17AM
144 posts

How to clean your whistle


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

Hello, Gwen, I'm fairly new to whistles, my cleaning so far has been of pre used instruments, but I would think not very often, unless you are a wet blower.

None of mine have any indication of needing cleaning yet, nothing in the barrel or fipple. If you do see any build up, that would be the time to give them a clean.

I don't think small amounts of deposit would affect the quality of sound much, but it's nice to keep them looking good anyway.

Keith
@keith
10/20/19 10:47:36AM
144 posts

Favorite whistles


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

Had a nice practice session yesterday, mainly my 'A', low 'G', & low 'F' whistles.

I'm beginning to get the 'feel' of my MK Kelpie low 'F' now, it has a lovely tone.

Keith
@keith
10/11/19 08:36:27AM
144 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

Seems to be a dearth of decent whistles on Ebay lately..........did I buy them all! nahnah

Still look...just in case...though I don't need any more. tumbleweed

Keith
@keith
10/01/19 01:53:00PM
144 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

Oh, I think I'm fairly well covered for plastic whistles...... I do have the Susato 'B' & the Dixon ABS low 'G'.... plus my Susato high 'Eb', Dixon ABS high 'D' & low 'D'.... so I think that I might just manage..... whistle


updated by @keith: 10/01/19 01:53:57PM
Keith
@keith
10/01/19 04:12:53AM
144 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

I do have 3x 'A' whistles, two of which I really like, & play often, (Dixon Trad brass & a Thunderbird aluminium), the other one, (Dixon tunable aluminium), has a bit of a quirk in that I seem to have to twist it slightly to get the second octave, so I really didn't need another - but I was tempted.

Keith
@keith
09/28/19 01:59:30PM
144 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

Hey......I resisted a Susato in 'A'.........my whistle aquisition syndrome seems to be curing itself...Laugh

Keith
@keith
09/26/19 07:01:11AM
144 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

Yep, it's definately a key of 'B', & quite a nice tone to it, after playing a couple of tunes on it. thumbsup


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Keith
@keith
09/23/19 02:55:57PM
144 posts

The Drifting Thread


Off Topic discussions

A Susato advertised as a high 'D' on Ebay appears to actually be a 'B', looking at the photos - so at £23 (incl P&P), it's mine - I didn't have a 'B' whistle, but will have soon, methinks. flute

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