The Positive Thread
Off Topic discussions
I'm required to wear a mask eight miserable hours a day at my fantastic job. It is becoming near unendurable.
I'm playing mostly Irish tunes with the goal of playing at a local brewery for St. Pat's 2022. I much enjoy Medieval and Renaissance music and have put together some sets. There are also dabble with some less than trad tunes...
Tune playing is my general approach too. Sometimes I warm up, both my self and the whistle, by doing an ascending/descending scale or two. Online and printed tutorials recommend exercises with cuts and rolls. Perhaps these would benefit me but the draw to paly tunes is stronger.
I, too have been playing an A and G. Mine are by James Becker of Becker Whistles. I like the lower, mellow sound, especially of the A. And as July has three pay checks, a time and a half holiday and a rise, I have purchased a A and G from Goldfinch Whistles, Poland.
Hummm. I cannot tell if you are serious or playful. Whistles in my collection are from $20 to $200. I've had very few really bad whistles and some very nice whistles in the $20 range such as Becker Whistles. The Bruke and Reyburn are the high end ones and yes they sound sweet. I'd like to try a Carbony but at $260 to $500, no.
Here is a link to a site of international tunes. Not all fit the whistle but the majority do. Very interesting stuff!
The video link is a good one. I've been dabbling with the Duo and not all the note combinations work well. And high D will require both hands on the main, 6 hole whistle and the melody whistle does not harmonize with it, I'm surprised Susato does not have a print or video tutorial. They have not responded to an email inquiry, which admittedly has only been a week or so. Still the whistle has potential. I just need to press on with it.
I too have a double ocarina from Charlie Hind. It is handcrafted, high end and just sits about unused.
Any members familiar with Susato's Ducle Dou double whistle?