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Keith
@keith
12/11/18 01:37:09PM
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Todays 'positive' - was me getting through about 8 tunes without too many mistakes flute- must do it more often. winker

 


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Keith
@keith
12/10/18 01:20:43PM
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........& there was me thinking I might be 'cheating'........ thumbsup

(Because I have most of my other instruments in the key of C, & most of my collection of music also.)

Keith
@keith
12/10/18 10:42:04AM
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I can see I'm confusing you all........ confuseyLaugh

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.)


updated by @keith: 12/10/18 10:43:24AM
Keith
@keith
12/10/18 04:41:09AM
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The Positive Thread


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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.

Keith
@keith
12/08/18 02:14:43PM
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Rethinking pennywhistle.


Whistle playing techniques - questions/help

I just came across this video on some techniques, it may be of interest to the rest of you.



updated by @keith: 12/08/18 02:20:59PM
Keith
@keith
12/08/18 05:46:15AM
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What tune are you working on this week?


General penny whistle or music discussions

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. smiler

Keith
@keith
12/08/18 05:35:46AM
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What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

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?

Keith
@keith
12/08/18 05:25:48AM
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New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

So, having purchased a number of whistles recently, I was thinking that, maybe, I should make a resolution not to purchase any more........... crossfingerswhistle

Keith
@keith
12/08/18 05:17:26AM
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The Positive Thread


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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. winker

Keith
@keith
12/05/18 10:44:22AM
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The Drifting Thread


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I just noticed that my regular music instrument supplier had a Tony Dixon tunable aluminium whistle in 'A' - so my Xmas present will be on its way to me shortly............ happysflute

Keith
@keith
12/01/18 03:22:37PM
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The Drifting Thread


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Wow! I was first to post a tune for the December Challenge on one of my harmonica forums - wasn't it lucky that I had been practicing Jingle Bells just recently. laughlaugh

Keith
@keith
11/30/18 01:36:14PM
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What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

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).

 

Keith
@keith
11/30/18 08:26:32AM
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What other instruments do you like to play?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

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. whistleduck

 

(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.)

Keith
@keith
11/30/18 04:31:38AM
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The Drifting Thread


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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). flute

Keith
@keith
11/28/18 02:54:59PM
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The Drifting Thread


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That's the Sweetone in C.

Keith
@keith
11/28/18 01:44:38PM
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Maybe this shows them off better.

 


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Keith
@keith
11/28/18 01:27:09PM
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Maybe this one shows it better.

 


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Keith
@keith
11/28/18 01:20:30PM
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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.)

 


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Keith
@keith
11/28/18 07:32:54AM
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Ran into problems trying to upload photos - wrong sizes - then only 6 allowed in one day - so I'll try & remember tomorrow. shrugger

Keith
@keith
11/26/18 02:33:00PM
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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. grin

Keith
@keith
11/26/18 10:57:24AM
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That one tastes much better now. flute

These two Clarkes, Sweetone & Meg, sound pretty good. thumbsup

Keith
@keith
11/26/18 08:06:27AM
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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.

Keith
@keith
11/26/18 04:58:58AM
68 posts

What tune are you working on this week?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Should be easy enough, or Jingle Bells.

I like Silent Night, you can put some 'feeling' into it, sort of like Amazing Grace, where you can play it slightly differently, slowly or little faster.

Keith
@keith
11/25/18 05:56:46AM
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What tune are you working on this week?


General penny whistle or music discussions

I guess it's about time to dig out the Xmas tunes - not really a fan, but you have to, don't you grin

Keith
@keith
11/23/18 07:59:40AM
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Yep, I won - now have to wait on the post to see if they are as described - Clarkes, 1x Sweetone in C, 1x Meg in C, & 1x 'other'.

Keith
@keith
11/22/18 05:03:24AM
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The Drifting Thread


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....I was just looking online at so called Black Friday Deals, as one does, & then drifted off to Ebay where I noticed some whistles coming to the end of their time without a single bid.........

...I'll let you know. smile

Keith
@keith
11/20/18 09:28:20AM
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Well, it's been a really miserable cold, dark & wet day here!

Not conducive to playing at all. shakeNo

Keith
@keith
11/18/18 04:37:01AM
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The Drifting Thread


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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. confusey

Keith
@keith
11/15/18 01:39:57PM
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The Positive Thread


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I don't have a problem with that, in fact my TD in A has it slightly already, & so far, I don't get an overly strong smell on my fingers, maybe I'm just not playing them for long enough. evilgrin

Keith
@keith
11/15/18 11:16:11AM
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No, not much if any, they're both brass, just with an electro plated coating.

But, I think I prefer the brass look more now, having got my Tony Dixon Trads.

Keith
@keith
11/15/18 10:07:37AM
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...added to my 'collection'.....duck

Brass Generations in Eb, F, & G - to keep my nickel ones company. joyjoy

Keith
@keith
11/15/18 06:25:33AM
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.........Oh, look........another 3 whistles.......grin

Keith
@keith
11/12/18 06:31:10AM
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...ended up with 139 videos!

Now it's time to get back to my harmonicas, whistles, & flutey things. smile

Keith
@keith
11/10/18 03:19:50PM
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So far, I've had 109 videos to comment on........& there's still another full day to go! timelovey

Keith
@keith
11/08/18 01:38:43PM
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Thanks, glad you managed to get a glimpse of what I've managed over the past 3 years, from being almost musically illiterate. flutehappys

 

(I probably wouldn't have got this far, if it hadn't been for the support from people on the various forums.)


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Keith
@keith
11/08/18 10:04:41AM
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@strumelia

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.

Playlist URL - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqjI5gC-IUKjl1OZ9uiCwqR8kXtKRWUKv

& the thread URL -https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?136190-Season-351-Life-Cycle/page10

 

& my YT channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs5PXY4P-E5n6uJmWEPZiBQ

& if that doesn't get you there, try going from this one -

Wandering Star

 

I must warn you, I'm not very good. winker


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Keith
@keith
11/08/18 07:11:46AM
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Today, on my uke forum where I am hosting this week, I had an entry of over 6mins 30secs to listen to, & not only that, but it had a second part of 5min 20secs!

 

Normally entries are between 1 & 2 mins.....bogglingcomfort


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Keith
@keith
11/06/18 10:06:52AM
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Fair enough.......just thought maybe I could point you in the right direction. smiler

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