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Keith
@keith
01/06/19 04:54:47AM
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Finger Exercises


Whistle playing techniques - questions/help

I came across this video, (a recommendation on another forum).


 


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Keith
@keith
01/04/19 07:35:24AM
130 posts

The Positive Thread


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My sister recognised my playing of Edelweiss, (on my new low D whistle)...........I must be getting better! ROTFL

Keith
@keith
01/03/19 10:42:59AM
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The Drifting Thread


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I'm having a good time & beginning to get the hang of this 'pipers grip' now, & am able to relax it a bit, which seems to produce less mistakes getting the second octave notes on my low D - so hopefully this will get better with the practicing.

 

Keith
@keith
12/29/18 04:48:18AM
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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.


updated by @keith: 12/29/18 04:52:34AM
Keith
@keith
12/28/18 07:44:00AM
130 posts

The Drifting Thread


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My 'Howard' just came, it's got a lovely tone - I hope yours is as good.

Keith
@keith
12/28/18 07:42:07AM
130 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

It just arrived, & I could hardly wait to get it out of its box.........it has a lovely tone. thumbsup

(Can't find anything wrong with it to class it as a 'B' stock item.)

Keith
@keith
12/26/18 01:34:37PM
130 posts

Tutorial (low D)


Whistle playing techniques - questions/help

I came across these tutorials that may be of interest.


Keith
@keith
12/26/18 10:13:39AM
130 posts

The Drifting Thread


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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. flute

Keith
@keith
12/26/18 10:00:21AM
130 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

....& now, owing to a thread 'on another forum', I will soon be having a Low 'D' Howard joining the 'collection'. grin

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.) flute

P.S. As it isn't the New Year yet, no resolution has been broken. giggle2


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Keith
@keith
12/24/18 08:01:12AM
130 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

That way works fine, thanks, Norman, & I also find that covering up half of the aperture with electrical tape works well too. thumbsup

Keith
@keith
12/24/18 07:54:22AM
130 posts

New Year Resolution


General penny whistle or music discussions

Laugh  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'.........smile

 

Merry Xmas, all. flute


updated by @keith: 12/24/18 07:57:29AM
Keith
@keith
12/21/18 03:45:44PM
130 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Thanks for the photo of doing it that way, Norman, I'll give that a go.

Keith
@keith
12/21/18 01:37:04PM
130 posts

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What whistle are you looking at getting, Larry?


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Keith
@keith
12/21/18 01:35:38PM
130 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Well, my new aluminium in 'A' came OK, but I didn't get around to playing it 'properly' until today.

I'm definately going to have to learn how it wants to be played in the second octave. whistle

It's got a nice tone, so will be worth the effort. smiler

Keith
@keith
12/21/18 06:57:14AM
130 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

No, no luck with Dixons, they replaced it with the aluminium model some time ago.

(I just thought it might have made a good/quieter practice 'A' whistle - not to worry.)


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Keith
@keith
12/19/18 04:52:43PM
130 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Have emailed - will wait & see what they say.

Keith
@keith
12/19/18 12:31:16PM
130 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

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.) winker


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Keith
@keith
12/19/18 04:03:37AM
130 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Those little ABS Dixons are nice - if they made one in 'A', I'd likely buy it too.

Keith
@keith
12/17/18 11:23:19AM
130 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


General penny whistle or music discussions

I could be changing my mind........my new aluminium whistle is a very nice whistle. flutesmiler

Keith
@keith
12/17/18 11:18:53AM
130 posts

The Positive Thread


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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.)

 

Keith
@keith
12/17/18 07:10:30AM
130 posts

The Positive Thread


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My new whistle arrived this morning. thumbsup

It's quite a bit heavier & bulkier than my Trad A, with a slightly different tone - but I like it. smile

(Tony Dixon DX107 aluminium in 'A'.)

Keith
@keith
12/11/18 01:37:09PM
130 posts

The Positive Thread


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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
130 posts

The Positive Thread


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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.)


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Keith
@keith
12/10/18 04:41:09AM
130 posts

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
130 posts

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.



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Keith
@keith
12/08/18 05:46:15AM
130 posts

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
130 posts

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
130 posts

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
130 posts

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
130 posts

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
130 posts

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
130 posts

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
130 posts

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
130 posts

The Drifting Thread


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That's the Sweetone in C.

Keith
@keith
11/28/18 01:44:38PM
130 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Maybe this shows them off better.

 


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Keith
@keith
11/28/18 01:27:09PM
130 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Maybe this one shows it better.

 


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