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Todays 'positive' - was me getting through about 8 tunes without too many mistakes - must do it more often.
updated by @keith: 12/11/18 01:39:09PM
I can see I'm confusing you all........
What I mean is that I will be playing in the key of C, mentally, but the tune will be played in the key of the whistle.
If I use a key of A whistle, where the notation shows a C note, I will finger it as a C note on a key of C whistle, but it will actually be played as an A note, key of A.
Likewise, if I use a key of D whistle, & I play a C note, mentally, but the whistle actually plays a D note - transposing from C to D, etc.
If I try to play in the key of the whistles, I would have to transpose for each different key, therefore I intend to play them as if they were all C instruments.
(Kind of like playing whistle tab on a different keyed whistle.)
Hi, Chris, by that, I just mean playing each & everyone of my whistles as if it were in the key of C - obviously they will actually play the tune in the key of the whistle - but my brain won't have to translate the written C notation to the key of the whistle.
I've decided to concentrate my efforts on a number of tunes that I like to play, or want to be able to play, going forward.
Presently, as it's nearly Xmas - Jingle bells & Silent Night.
Others - Skye Boat Song - Westering Home - Loch Lomond - Banks of the Ohio - Scarborough Fair - Edelweiss - House of the Rising Sun
Plus - Old Man River - Moon River
They should keep me busy for a while.
Being a newbie, I'm still searching for my favourite, but presently, it's brass.
I have brass & nickel Generations, a brass Feadog, an aluminium Waltons, brass Dixons, & an ABS Dixon.
(Soon I'll have an aluminium Dixon to try out too.)
So, what is your best/preferred whistle made of?
I have a number of Fake Books whose tunes are generally in the key of C.
So I have decided to play all my whistles in the C fingering style, (should only take a little bit of time to retrain my brain), but by doing so it will make things easier swapping between my various instruments.
I have no intention to play along with sessions, or anything of that nature, just play for my own enjoyment - & that's probably a good thing, because I don't suppose anyone else likes my playing anyway.
There appears to be some whistle tab here - https://www.google.com/search?q=whistle+tab&client=firefox-b-ab&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwigxqiMzIvfAhXvVBUIHTXqCmEQsAR6BAgGEAE&biw=1368&bih=625
(Else, just search for whistle tab on Google or your favourite search engine.)
I totally agree, my music making is just for my own enjoyment, & I can get a tune out of most of my instruments, but, of course, some better than others.
I also know it was said in good faith. I do agree to a certain extent, that I'm better off getting to know one instrument well, & I know that that instrument is the chromatic harmonica for me.
(At this time of year, with the colder weather, our breath condensates on the windsavers, therefore sticking the two parts together, causing notes to not sound, so we need to keep them, our chromatic harmonicas, warmed up to about body temperature)
But I like other instruments too, latest fascination being the whistle, & as I used to play recorders, it isn't too much of a learning curve for me, (just need to get more proficient with half holeing).
On one of my other forums, I've been told I should concentrate on just one instrument - until I'm proficient - not sure that I can do that, but my harmonicas do take first priority.
(I just found out the other day, that reptile heating mats are good for warming up my chromatics, so I went online to order one to try out.)
I'm thinking it may be an old one, maybe of original manufacture, as it is a bit beaten up looking, & may have been repaired down the seam at some time. But it's got a decent mellow tone to it, so not a disappointment at all.
The other two are as other people say about them, soft easy players, (somewhat like my Tony Dixon ABS), & likely to become one of my favourites for practicing at home on, (won't annoy the neighbours).
OK then I'll try adding photos here.......seemed to work.... one of all 3, the other of the flush fipple whistle, with the rough seam & head removed. (Black is not the easiest of colours to photograph, unfortunately, but the fipple head has 3 ridges to hold it in the tube.)
It wasn't too great a deal, price & postage roughly the equivalent of a brand new one, depending on where you buy, but I was intrigued as to what the 'other' one was, & as I had yet to buy any Clarkes, I thought it worth the price..........three for the price of one.
So, yes, basically as described.
The two Cs look to be brand new, whilst the 'other' is labelled as a Clarkes, is made in the same style, albeit a bit rough down the seam on the back, but has an inline fipple head, rather than the over the tube type of fitting, & could be a 'tunable' D whistle.
Actually, I just took another look at it, & it fits inside the tube; this one has a bit of a strange taste, even though I sanitized/cleaned it my usual way; so I will need to go back & be more thorough, I need to clean the tube & fipple head separately.
I can't tell you, I'm afraid - even after having played some tunes over the past three years, (on ukulele, harmonicas, & now whistles) - I can only just about play a couple from memory, & then I usually make mistakes, or forget what comes next, so I will use notation or tab when playing - it could just be my old brain, but it certainly is frustrating at times.
Thanks, glad you managed to get a glimpse of what I've managed over the past 3 years, from being almost musically illiterate.
(I probably wouldn't have got this far, if it hadn't been for the support from people on the various forums.)
Not sure if you can access the playlist from outside of the forum, as it is 'unlisted' - but if you try these, one might work.
& my YT channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs5PXY4P-E5n6uJmWEPZiBQ
& if that doesn't get you there, try going from this one -
I must warn you, I'm not very good.