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Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/21/22 08:21:32PM
46 posts

Tea


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The grains are raw.  I roast them in a skillet till they get slightly darker and give off a pleasing nutty scent.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/20/22 06:27:49PM
46 posts

Harmonica


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Here, this is not whistle, but it is exceptionally impressive.

Buddy Greene - Classical Harmonica Medley (Live) - YouTube

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/20/22 06:26:37PM
46 posts

Tea


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I sometimes dry pan roast brown rice or barley and add it to green tea.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/17/22 06:10:08PM
46 posts

Tea


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Where I forced, and it would take a dire circumstance, to choose a single tea I'd have Gen-mai cha or Kongoshimi for green and St. Issacs's Blend from Upton for a black tea. Of course Earl Grey is the choice of Captain Picard, this is a high credit.  

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/16/22 09:15:57PM
46 posts

Meals and Whistles


General penny whistle or music discussions

Do you find how much you eat, or what you eat before practicing adversely effects your whistle playing? 

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/16/22 09:13:52PM
46 posts

Moon


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1/16... the Moon is spectacular tonight!

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/16/22 09:12:56PM
46 posts

Tea


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No longer liking Lapsang? And yes it does have that hamish scent.   What is this, "golden milk"?  I have heard of it but have no idea what it is.  I also get a tea from Rose Mountain Herbs, a dream tea which does seem to have a dream enhancing effect.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/13/22 04:36:51PM
46 posts

Tea


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I blend my own masala for chai and it often accompanies breakfast.  My main tea source is Upton in MA, though I have had some nice tea from Harney, too.  Rooibos I get at the grocers, usually Celestial Seasonings.  Oh, from Upton I recently got a ginger and beetroot, caffeine free, very tasty.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/12/22 06:45:17PM
46 posts

Tea


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Do you have a favorite tea?  I had a very nice Lapsang Shougong today.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/12/22 11:51:37AM
46 posts

22


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I generally find resolutions to lead to failure and disappointment both of which I have more than enough of.  Still, with this I would like to practice my whistles more.  I have spent gobs of money on high end whistles and ocarinas and mostly they just decorate my shelves.  I have some general goal of having a Xmas set for '22 to play at our holiday brunch at work.  Then to have a St. Pat's set to play in a local brewery in '23.  I had planned to have this for '22 but...

And to our previous exchange about diets.  One must be cautious as diet plans are very marketable.  First it was Atkins, then paleo, now keto.  One might suspect there is more profit than health in them.  Still, it may be well for me to curtail the ale and snacks like crackers and cheese.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/10/22 08:58:59PM
46 posts

22


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Well, true enough, but in conversations with coworkers it seems ubiquitous that lifestyle changes, especially the way one eats and the fitness plans one has are the most difficult to carry through with. And when makes that first slip, an extra slice of pizza, a few snacks, well the resolution is generally lost.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/09/22 04:50:52PM
46 posts

Fear?


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Are you afraid of movie lions?

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/05/22 04:58:09PM
46 posts

22


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Hummm.  I suspect weight loss is a ubiquitous resolution and one very easily abandoned.  Eating is a source of not only enjoyment and for many social interaction, but a means of stress relief.  Exercise is just too arduous. Snacks, tea and a good book is the better day.  

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/02/22 04:51:51PM
46 posts

MASKS


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Is your continued mask use your own choice or are they still required in your town?

In Oct. my workplace instituted mandatory vaccination if one wishes to remain employed. There are two exceptions, confirmed medical excuse and religious belief.  I have not gotten a firm answer on why religion is given deference and it seems difficult to justify.  It must be a very common practice though as there are web sites that list out bible verses and their interpretation so anyone can quickly have a religious exemption.  I do not know what allowances are made for other religions.

I was told by one of the clergy at work the religious exemption is very easy to get and there are ordained pastors doing online business selling people documentation for religious exemption which the pastor has signed.  Guess the signature gives the document more acceptance.     

Michael W6
@michael-w6
01/01/22 10:24:51PM
46 posts

22


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Happy New Year Everyone!  Do you burden yourself with resolutions for the upcoming year? 

Michael W6
@michael-w6
12/30/21 09:29:20PM
46 posts

Whistle Maker


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

Takahe Flutes in NZ has some very nice whistles in standard and unusual keys.  He may be found on Esty with demo posts on YT.  I have purchased several whistles from him and am very pleased.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
12/30/21 09:24:48PM
46 posts

MASKS


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I do not know what the infection rates are here.  Still the mask wearing now seems for show rather than necessity.  I'm always surprised when I see someone driving by in a car, alone, wearing a mask.   When the mask wearing was legally mandated, I was waiting outside a business waiting for it to open.  A passerby stopped and asked if I had an extra mask, which I did. This mask had been often worn and carried about in my pocket for days if not weeks,  Still, he accepted it and put it on... yuck!

My contention the mask wearing at work is for show may be upheld in seeing the director and manager in their office with their mask off.  This seems a tacit admission they don't really support the mask policy.  Sure they are alone but isn't the virus flitting about in the air?  

Michael W6
@michael-w6
12/30/21 08:27:36PM
46 posts

MASKS


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Where I live retailers and grocers have not required masks for many months, perhaps approaching a year since legal requirements were dropped.  I'd say it may be about 50/50 masked and not masked.  When I shop in some grocers, neither I nor the cashier are wearing a mask and this I'm entirely comfortable with.   My miserable job still has mandatory masks, except in the cafeteria which appears to be under some magical protection from rest of the facility.  I suspect inertia and it offers a means of employee control rather than medical necessity,   I do not follow sports but coworkers who do have told me stadiums have fully reopened with no mandates. So perhaps what, 20K people side by side with no masks?  Seems no reason for retail to continue restrictions.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
12/30/21 06:12:38PM
46 posts

MASKS


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Are businesses in your area still requiring masks to enter the store?

Michael W6
@michael-w6
12/30/21 06:10:05PM
46 posts

Your favorite Whistle?


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England? Hey!  I have heard of this place!

Michael W6
@michael-w6
12/27/21 05:56:54PM
46 posts

Your favorite Whistle?


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@Larry - I have had very good experiences with online whistle purchases.   I recommend: Becker, US, Goldfinch, Poland, Humphrey, US, Takahe, NZ and if you want to go high end, Bruke or Reyburn, US.  Of these Becker is the most affordable at about $15.  Handcrafted PVC and very pleasing to play.  James Becker, the craftsman, obviously makes whistles for the love of his craft, not as a business enterprise. 

Michael W6
@michael-w6
10/06/21 07:47:10PM
46 posts

The Positive Thread


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I'm required to wear a mask eight miserable hours a day at my fantastic job.  It is becoming near unendurable.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
10/06/21 07:44:30PM
46 posts

Your favorite Whistle?


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Do you have a favorite whistle? Either key or maker?

Michael W6
@michael-w6
10/06/21 07:42:55PM
46 posts

Practice!?


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One of my favorite bands.  Though their "Dance Till We Die" rap garbage, complete with expletives, is a track to skip.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
10/05/21 10:38:45AM
46 posts

What is this?


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What is the, "share to timeline" selection when responding to posts here?

Michael W6
@michael-w6
10/05/21 10:36:05AM
46 posts

Practice!?


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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...

OMNIA (Official) - Fee Ra Huri - YouTube

Star Trek TNG "The Inner Light" Music - YouTube

Michael W6
@michael-w6
10/03/21 09:40:58AM
46 posts

Practice!?


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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.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
07/14/21 04:40:42PM
46 posts

What tune are you working on this week?


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I'm hoping to present some tunes for St. Pat's 2022 at a local brewery.  I'm working on: Garret Barry's jig, Blackthorn and Tenpenny Bit as a jig set. 

Michael W6
@michael-w6
07/14/21 04:33:14PM
46 posts

That's Odd


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Do you have whistles in unusual scales?  I have three in the Mid Eastern Hijaz scale.  Rather exotic.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
07/14/21 04:31:05PM
46 posts

Practice!?


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How do you structure effective practice time? 

Michael W6
@michael-w6
07/14/21 04:28:57PM
46 posts

Your Whistling


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Ah!  I had completely forgotten that thread which I have a post on,  Anyway, quite a part from whistle talk, has American rap poisoned English culture? 

Michael W6
@michael-w6
07/14/21 10:11:31AM
46 posts

Your Whistling


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I have an Airy Tale D and a C from goldfinch which I quite like.  The Airy sounds very nice but has a tendency to clog. Do you have links to the reviews you mention?  

Michael W6
@michael-w6
07/13/21 07:53:26PM
46 posts

Your Whistling


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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. 

Michael W6
@michael-w6
07/12/21 07:35:23PM
46 posts

Your Whistling


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I had to search the conversion rate for pounds and USD,  I have a several high and whistles like that and they're sweet.  Still I find myself playing the low cost Becker's most often.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
07/12/21 09:10:13AM
46 posts

Your Whistling


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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.

Michael W6
@michael-w6
07/10/21 06:38:29AM
46 posts

Your Whistling


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Hi Keith - Your growing collection is a symptom of WAS, Whistle Acquisition  Syndrome. Most players have it. 

Michael W6
@michael-w6
07/09/21 07:23:35PM
46 posts

Your Whistling


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How did you get interested inthe penny whistle?

Michael W6
@michael-w6
03/11/21 04:33:33PM
46 posts

TUNES!


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Here is a link to a site of international tunes.  Not all fit the whistle but the majority do.  Very interesting stuff!

Midi files, Sheet music, and YouTube links of European folk dances (ifdo.ca)

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