Yes, & I have that now - after a bit of 'collecting'.
The other day, I just opened the drawer where I keep them, took one out, & just played it.......
....then another.....& another...... but stopped after the low D, low F, & A....
Had a nice afternoon of playing my Howard low D, Shearwater low F, my Thunderbird A, my TD Trad A, & a quick burst on my TD Duo C whistle - then just for kicks, put the flute head back onto my TD ally A, & had a quick burst on that too.
Well, so far this year, I have been playing my instruments more than last year, & also enjoying the practicing more too - perhaps because I'm getting better at playing them, (at least my tunes are more recognizable by others now ).
I wonder how long it will take me to learn another tune to be able to play it from memory........
With practice - I'm sure you'll work out the best way to play it, Larry, I couldn't even reach the bottom hole of my low D flute when I got it.
(You can always try playing it using your pinky.)
My positive- last night I played a little bit of medieval simple tunes in F minor/dorian mode, on my Eb Freeman Blackbird whistle, with my husband playing fiddle in F modal. We made lots of mistakes but had fun!
We just got back after a four hour drive to attend Cherish the Ladies' Christmas concert in Tulsa.
Joanne Madden's whistle playing was beyond beautiful. It was amazing how a lowly whistle voice could soar above a full orchestral accompaniment. I was completely captivated and thrilled by the whole evening.
Yes I do like Norman as well. I treat the bell note (lowest note on the whistle) as a D despite what key the whistle actually is. That way, when I read a tune in standard notation, if the notation is in key of G (which has one sharp, an F#) I know I need to locate the tonic note with 3 fingers down and play a 'Cnatural' fingering in the tune. And when the standard notation is in D (which has an F# and C#), I know the tonic note is with 6 fingers down and that I'll need to play the C# fingering instead of the C natural.
I agree we're all doing the same.
Hi Keith. I think most of us do the same thing, but because D is the whistle most people start with, we treat D as the bell note of our whistle regardless of the actual key of the whistle. I transpose most tunes to D or G.
After all I came to the whistle from the mountain dulcimer and I have tons of stuff tabbed out in D.
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.)
I'm a bit confused by that as well.
So you're referring to when reading standard notation, then? Keith does that mean you never use for example the C# note on a D whistle when playing?... because the key of C has no sharps, thus if you played 'as if it were in C" you'd only be playing the C natural on a d whistle.
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.
I don't get the brass smell on my fingers either.Doesn't matter how long I play for.
I've got a Jerry Freeman tweaked Generation in D and a Killarney whistle in D, both brass.
The Jerry Freeman is tarnished and I think it looks great,the Killarney is only a few days old and is starting to show some tarnish already which is fine by me.
You'll have to accept the brass whistles' tarnish wear spots around the fingerholes, that comes with playing over time,like here:
I kinda like that 'look'. There's also the smell of brass on your fingertips after playing- it's a subtle thing, but some people dislike it a lot. I don't mind it myself, smells a little 'elemental'/metallic.
My positive thing today was getting some new cat toys in the mail to introduce to our kitties, and also just now heading out the door to have a nice coffee in town before I return home to start work.
My positive thing- I'm signed up to start a class series this month on beginning penny whistle taught by multi-instrumental NY folk musician George Ward. It'll consist of a total of six classes, on thursday evenings. Should be fun! I've been watching Youtubes and learning at home on my own for the past few months, so I figure I'll pick up some good tips and help with ornamentation and technique.
Haven't taken any instrument classes for quite a while. It's kinda fun being in beginner mode on a new instrument and I'm really looking forward to the classes!