What tune are you working on this week?

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
40 posts

I think then in the video they played it in C Dorian mode, on an F whistle with the tonic note at the C (with the top two holes covered).  That gave it the minor-y sound.  Not that I'm any expert, just guessing.

Sedi, I'm suspecting your formatting issue was caused by perhaps you composed your post in another text program and then copy/pasted it into the textbox here..?  Or, did you play with the font settings in the input box as you were typing?  In any case, I removed the text 'styling' formatting it had retained ...from somewhere... so now it looks normal.

P.S. hi Anamcara hi




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updated by @strumelia: 05/19/18 04:50:23PM
Anamcara
Anamcara
@anamcara
3 months ago
1 posts

Hi everyone 

i am currently working on Banish Misfortune with tricky second half. 

Sedi
Sedi
@sedi
3 months ago
3 posts

PS: I don't know why the formatting is so strange in my post. Tried everything but it always produced an endless string of words in just one line (?).

PS: I don't really know the correct key of the song. It changes somewhere in the middle. It is played on a low F, that's all I know. Since I play everything by ear I often couldn't even say which key a tune is in.


updated by @sedi: 05/19/18 04:25:30PM
Sedi
Sedi
@sedi
3 months ago
3 posts

Exactly. It is a low F but the tune goes all the way up to the end of the 2nd octave.
I should maybe explain that my left ear is slightly damaged since I was in my twenties, so for 20 years now.
And I do get tinnitus sometimes. The "problem" with the low whistles in my opinion is that there is much more air vibrating inside the whistle,
so they produce much more sound pressure than a standard thinwhistle.
So when playing the 2nd octave on a low D for example it is more penetrating than the 1st octave on a standard D.
And the kitchen amplified it. So the tinnitus started again. It is still ringing in my ears while writing this.
So there's two factors at play that make a whistle "problematic" for me -- frequency and sound pressure.
I never would have thought something like this could happen when playing a low whistle.
So I guess the Kerry Optima F is just not for me (it is a great whistle but probably best played on stage or in a large open room)
and therefore I will also probably never buy a Goldie like I was planning.
They use the same mouthpiece design (based on Bernard Overton's design).
And they are simply too loud for me, at least in a small room. No problem in the living room or outside.
So I made a low F today myself with a very narrow bore which is very quiet. And somebody recommended the Carbony whistles as they are also quiet.
Guess I'll be trying a low F Shearwater next as they also seem to be a little more mellow.

Strumelia:

@sedi , I just listened to the Youtube version of "May Morning Dew" by Moving Hearts.  Very haunting and evocative.  Am I correct in thinking that in the video they are playing this in a C minor key?

When you say the Optima F, do you mean a LOW F whistle? (not a high F two steps above standard whistle D)  If you do mean the Low F whistle... are you saying you still find it too piercing in the second octave, even on such a low whistle?  question

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
40 posts

@sedi , I just listened to the Youtube version of "May Morning Dew" by Moving Hearts.  Very haunting and evocative.  Am I correct in thinking that in the video they are playing this in a C minor key?

When you say the Optima F, do you mean a LOW F whistle? (not a high F two steps above standard whistle D)  If you do mean the Low F whistle... are you saying you still find it too piercing in the second octave, even on such a low whistle?  question




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Sedi
Sedi
@sedi
3 months ago
3 posts

Currently I'm working on "May Morning Dew". Made the mistake of practicing in the kitchen and almost blew my eardurms out while playing those long high notes (the sound is amplified in the kitchen compared to my living room, just because it's smaller). I only noticed it afterwards because my tinitus got worse. Now I probably got to pause a couple of days or only play very quiet whistles. The Kerry Optima F is almost too loud for me in the 2nd octave. I think I need something softer. So I'm thinking about getting a Shearwater alto F just for this song :). Well, one can never have enough whistles.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
40 posts

Lately I've been enjoying working on "Ductia" a tune from the 13th century.  It's not too complicated to play in minor on the whistle (your tonic note will be on the next-to-bottom hole, one step up from the bell note), and it has three distinct parts, which gives it some nice length and variety.

Here can be found the sheet music.

Here is a good instrumental YT video (on rebec I believe) to show how it sounds:




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
40 posts

I have been working on "Tourdion" from the 1500s... along with some other early tunes.  I find my C, Bb, and A polymer whistles give a nice sound and tone for early music.  Sort of the 'poor man's recorder'... lol.




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
40 posts

Bill, yes that's a pretty tune- has a lot of heart to it and seems fairly accessible to play.  Not being experienced in Irish trad music, I hadn't heard of it and went to listen on YT.  :)

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I tend to fall in love with some tune for a couple months and then fall in love with a different one and move on...so fickle!

Right now I'm working on "Les Set Goyts"/"Los Set Gotxs"... seems to have various spellings.  Song from the 14th century, I'm playing just the instrumental.  It's challenging due to switching from 2/4 to 9/4 in the B part...yikes!  But listening to other folks playing/singing it helps me get my bearings on the timing.

Such a compelling tune... here is the sheet music and also an instrumental version by the wonderful Ernst Stolz, whose early music YT channel never fails to inspire me:

sheet music

Ernst playing of it

I am simply stumbling along on this tune and I don't expect to get 'highly skilled' at it, but it's fun to play and is great 'challenge practice' for me!




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BillD
BillD
@billd
last year
13 posts

Working on Mountains of Mourne in D using an A whistle. Sounds pretty..

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
40 posts

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updated by @strumelia: 05/19/18 04:14:14PM