Whistle playing techniques - questions/help
I came across this video, (a recommendation on another forum).
updated by @keith: 01/06/19 04:55:58AM
Ah! The waiting..........hope you don't have to wait long.
(I was quite surprised when mine turned up unannounced, but pleased.)
Re small hands - it might be worth you taking a look at the 'Tutorial (Low D)' that I posted a link to, she has small hands.
As I have reported in another thread, thanks to a post on another forum, (you know the one), I have put my money down for a Howard Low D - so the New Year will be time to knuckle down & learn to play my low whistles, & my Low D flute, & that sounds like it will be a Happy New Year, for me at least, can't vouch for my neighbours.
....& now, owing to a thread 'on another forum', I will soon be having a Low 'D' Howard joining the 'collection'.
As I found out that they sell 'B' stock at considerably less - so whilst it may not be perfect to look at, it should still sound & play perfectly.
(... & I don't really play anything much higher than my 'A' whistles now that I have them, truth be known.)
P.S. As it isn't the New Year yet, no resolution has been broken.
Well, aparently, I have 3x Tony Dixon, (2x alto 'A', 1x alto 'G'), 3x Clarkes, (2x 'C', 1x 'D'), a Feadog 'D', a Waltons 'D', a Dixon ABS 'D', plus 14x various Generations.............................................how'm I doin'.........
Merry Xmas, all.
I haven't actually looked for an ABS in 'A' - just thought that I would likely be tempted to acquire one, if there was one available, but I don't think Tony Dixon does one in 'A', there isn't any on his website.
(There is a very nice aluminium 'duo' - I could be tempted to get one of those in 'C' - just for the times that I don't have the energy to hold up an 'A' whistle.)
Hole spacing on both my TD 'A' whistles exactly the same, length differs just slightly shorter at the fipple end by about a quarter of an inch, owing to the wider bore of the aluminium tubing used.
(Must be nice to have someone to share & play along with at home.)
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).