The Positive Thread

Norman
Norman
@norman
22 hours ago
11 posts

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.

 

Keith
Keith
@keith
5 days ago
68 posts

Todays 'positive' - was me getting through about 8 tunes without too many mistakes flute- must do it more often. winker

 


updated by @keith: 12/11/18 01:39:09PM
Chris
Chris
@chris
5 days ago
10 posts

Cheating????? No just using the advantages built into the instruments tuning

Keith
Keith
@keith
6 days ago
68 posts

........& 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.)

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 days ago
80 posts

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. 




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updated by @strumelia: 12/10/18 12:16:31PM
Norman
Norman
@norman
6 days ago
11 posts

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.

Keith
Keith
@keith
6 days ago
68 posts

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.)


updated by @keith: 12/10/18 10:43:24AM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 days ago
80 posts

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.




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Keith
Keith
@keith
6 days ago
68 posts

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.

Chris
Chris
@chris
6 days ago
10 posts

Hi Keith

Could you expand on what you mean by "C fingering style"? I'm a bit confused.

Thanks

Keith
Keith
@keith
one week ago
68 posts

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

Chris
Chris
@chris
one month ago
10 posts

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.

Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

I don't have a problem with that, in fact my TD in A has it slightly already, & so far, I don't get an overly strong smell on my fingers, maybe I'm just not playing them for long enough. evilgrin

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
80 posts

You'll have to accept the brass whistles' tarnish wear spots around the fingerholes, that comes with playing over time,like here:

rogue-whistles

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.




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Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

No, not much if any, they're both brass, just with an electro plated coating.

But, I think I prefer the brass look more now, having got my Tony Dixon Trads.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
80 posts

Can you hear any consistent difference between the brass and the nickel?  Or is it hard to tell?




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Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

...added to my 'collection'.....duck

Brass Generations in Eb, F, & G - to keep my nickel ones company. joyjoy

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
80 posts

Where?  ;)




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Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

.........Oh, look........another 3 whistles.......grin

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
80 posts

Norman, thanks for telling us this- it does warm the heart.  So wonderful that you played for everyone to honor our country's veterans.




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Norman
Norman
@norman
one month ago
11 posts

Sunday I was able to do a tribute to my fellow veterans in church.  I played Amazing Grace followed by Taps. It thrilled my heart when a former student of mine, who had served, stood with the rest of the veterans.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
23 posts
@keith
Sadly no. There are lots of recorder Facebook groups tho
Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

Ah, yes......modern technology has its uses - can't be that many recorder forums about.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
23 posts
@keith I don't know that much yet, but I did join a German recorder forum. Luckily my phone translates automatically.
Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

Deutsch sint gut, aber es lang seit war.

Or something like that.....from about 50 years ago! smiler

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
23 posts
I began to learn German, using an app. Es ist fun!
Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

Todays positive is that I recorded & posted a tune for my uke forum.

I'm somewhat out of practice, but it went as well it could. rofl

Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

Created a Gallery with a few photos for your enjoyment. winker

Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

Ha, ha, work, I vaguely remember that word - retirement is so nice, all your time becomes your own.

Hope the kitties enjoy their new toys.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
80 posts

@keith , that's sweet of you!  grphug

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. coffee




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Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

My positive for today, has been to introduce myself to you lot. :)

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
23 posts

My positive thing today. I fixed the flute that I was given. Yes!

BillD
BillD
@billd
last year
13 posts

Ooh Boy! You'll love this. Wish I lived closer. Good luck and have fun!

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
80 posts

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!




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
80 posts

Tell us one positive thing in your day today!

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