The Drifting Thread

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one week ago
38 posts
Thanks Keith. I have a few resources I can use
Keith
Keith
@keith
one week ago
100 posts

No, it's not easy finding your embouchure on a flute, but it will come - & then it's just a matter of perfecting it.

All I can offer is that you place it's front edge on the bottom of your lip & go from there, by rolling it in or out, until you find where it works for you, everybody is different, & it will take a bit of time, good luck.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one week ago
38 posts
I'm currently trying to teach myself flute. Its not easy!
Chifmunk
Chifmunk
@chifmunk
one week ago
13 posts

I'm totally there with you Keith!  thumbsup

Keith
Keith
@keith
one week ago
100 posts

Well, here I am buying a couple more whistles, & I expect you're all thinking that I'm being extravagant, but honestly, I went through life without the means to buy & try stuff, & am now only just able to, so I guess that I'm just making the most of what time I have left - I'm not getting any younger you know. time

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
2 weeks ago
38 posts
Thanks. It sounds fab, when played properly
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 weeks ago
95 posts

Lovely mellow tone on that whistle, Larry.




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
2 weeks ago
38 posts
Here it is:

button_play.png My first low whistle
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 weeks ago
95 posts

I hope both of you love your new low whistles!




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
2 weeks ago
38 posts
The low D has arrived. Not had chance to play it yet but its oh so shiny, and the Piper's grip takes some getting used to.
Keith
Keith
@keith
2 weeks ago
100 posts

I'm having a good time & beginning to get the hang of this 'pipers grip' now, & am able to relax it a bit, which seems to produce less mistakes getting the second octave notes on my low D - so hopefully this will get better with the practicing.

 

Keith
Keith
@keith
3 weeks ago
100 posts

Ah! The waiting..........hope you don't have to wait long.

(I was quite surprised when mine turned up unannounced, but pleased.)

Re small hands - it might be worth you taking a look at the 'Tutorial (Low D)' that I posted a link to, she has small hands.


updated by @keith: 12/29/18 04:52:34AM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 weeks ago
95 posts

Exciting, you guys!

Wish I had bigger hands... At least for now, I can't play anything lower than a G at most.  wasntme




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
3 weeks ago
38 posts
Waiting for my kerry optima low D to arrive...
Keith
Keith
@keith
3 weeks ago
100 posts

My 'Howard' just came, it's got a lovely tone - I hope yours is as good.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
4 weeks ago
38 posts
Usual low d size I believe
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 weeks ago
95 posts

Wow, sounds great!  But it's huge!   tmi




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
4 weeks ago
38 posts
@strumelia I think so yea. Its a silver coloured body with a choice of coloured plastic head
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 weeks ago
95 posts

Larry is that an aluminum whistle?




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
4 weeks ago
38 posts
I hope to be ordering a Kerry Optima low D tuneable soon
Keith
Keith
@keith
4 weeks ago
100 posts

As I have reported in another thread, thanks to a post on another forum, (you know the one), I have put my money down for a Howard Low D - so the New Year will be time to knuckle down & learn to play my low whistles, & my Low D flute, & that sounds like it will be a Happy New Year, for me at least, can't vouch for my neighbours. flute

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
38 posts

Keith:

What whistle are you looking at getting, Larry?

I want a low whistle, and I'm looking at a Dixon low D on Amazon

Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
100 posts

What whistle are you looking at getting, Larry?


updated by @keith: 12/21/18 01:37:53PM
Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
100 posts

Well, my new aluminium in 'A' came OK, but I didn't get around to playing it 'properly' until today.

I'm definately going to have to learn how it wants to be played in the second octave. whistle

It's got a nice tone, so will be worth the effort. smiler

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
38 posts
Gonna hopefully be getting myself a new whistle soon...
Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

I just noticed that my regular music instrument supplier had a Tony Dixon tunable aluminium whistle in 'A' - so my Xmas present will be on its way to me shortly............ happysflute

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
95 posts

Good one Keith.  thumbsup




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Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

Wow! I was first to post a tune for the December Challenge on one of my harmonica forums - wasn't it lucky that I had been practicing Jingle Bells just recently. laughlaugh

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

I'm thinking it may be an old one, maybe of original manufacture, as it is a bit beaten up looking, & may have been repaired down the seam at some time. But it's got a decent mellow tone to it, so not a disappointment at all.

The other two are as other people say about them, soft easy players, (somewhat like my Tony Dixon ABS), & likely to become one of my favourites for practicing at home on, (won't annoy the neighbours). flute

Chris
Chris
@chris
2 months ago
14 posts

I've never seen a whistle where the fipple slides into the barrel of the whistle before (not that I've seen a lot of whistles)

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

That's the Sweetone in C.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
95 posts

Which one is the silver one?




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Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

Maybe this shows them off better.

 

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Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

Maybe this one shows it better.

 

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Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

OK then I'll try adding photos here.......seemed to work.... one of all 3, the other of the flush fipple whistle, with the rough seam & head removed. (Black is not the easiest of colours to photograph, unfortunately, but the fipple head has 3 ridges to hold it in the tube.)

 

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updated by @keith: 11/28/18 01:24:49PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
95 posts

Keith, if the photo file isn't too giant, you should be able to embed or attach it to your post in this discussion, too.

See one of the top discussions, on adding images to a post here:

https://pennywhistleclub.com/forums/forum/site-questions-how-do-i




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Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

Ran into problems trying to upload photos - wrong sizes - then only 6 allowed in one day - so I'll try & remember tomorrow. shrugger

Chris
Chris
@chris
2 months ago
14 posts

Hi Keith

Could you post a photo of the Clarke? I'm intrigued

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

It wasn't too great a deal, price & postage roughly the equivalent of a brand new one, depending on where you buy, but I was intrigued as to what the 'other' one was, & as I had yet to buy any Clarkes, I thought it worth the price..........three for the price of one. grin

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
95 posts

That's fun, Keith!  Did you get a good deal on them?




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Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

That one tastes much better now. flute

These two Clarkes, Sweetone & Meg, sound pretty good. thumbsup

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

So, yes, basically as described.

The two Cs look to be brand new, whilst the 'other' is labelled as a Clarkes, is made in the same style, albeit a bit rough down the seam on the back, but has an inline fipple head, rather than the over the tube type of fitting, & could be a 'tunable' D whistle.

Actually, I just took another look at it, & it fits inside the tube; this one has a bit of a strange taste, even though I sanitized/cleaned it my usual way; so I will need to go back & be more thorough, I need to clean the tube & fipple head separately.

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

Yep, I won - now have to wait on the post to see if they are as described - Clarkes, 1x Sweetone in C, 1x Meg in C, & 1x 'other'.

Chris
Chris
@chris
2 months ago
14 posts

Good luck Keith

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

....I was just looking online at so called Black Friday Deals, as one does, & then drifted off to Ebay where I noticed some whistles coming to the end of their time without a single bid.........

...I'll let you know. smile

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
2 months ago
38 posts
Not sure what happened there but my post appeared blank
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
95 posts

yes  Well done Larry.




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updated by @strumelia: 11/20/18 11:10:59AM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
95 posts

It's the perfect weather to play something dark and mournful then.  evilgrin




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Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

Well, it's been a really miserable cold, dark & wet day here!

Not conducive to playing at all. shakeNo

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
95 posts

Well said.




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Chris
Chris
@chris
2 months ago
14 posts

David Byrne from Talking Heads wrote a book called "How Music Works" In it he talks about how before music was recorded, it was not owned by anybody. The only way to listen to music was to make it yourself or pay travelling minstrel groups to play it for you. And songs often went for a lot longer until musicians were forced to cut them short to fit on an Edison cylinder.

People now expect music to come out of a machine, Which is pretty sad, it robs them of the chance to do something wonderfull and make it themselves. Whether you read sheet music, use tab, play by ear, or memorize your music you are doing something creative and artistic by putting a bit of your soul into your music. Something which I think is sadly missing in a lot of todays music.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
95 posts

Well, I admit I don't spend enough time on my banjos, dulcimers, and pennywhistles as I should.  I have too many interests, and am also not yet retired.  BUT... playing on my lovely instruments at home in my spare time is such a great joy in my life whenever I do find time to sit down with it.  I'll never become 'pro' level at any instrument, but I loooove playing music nonetheless.

I'd say I use @chris 's method for the most part... with a combination of simple melody sheet music and working the tune out by ear.  Occasionally I do make use whistle tab if there's a particular tune with tab that will help me.  But as soon as I hear the tune in my head I try to put aside both sheet music and tab and keep them only to jog my memory when I forget some part.

I have come to view the tedious process of 'trying' (and often failing) to play a tune as a part of the whole music making journey that I should just embrace rather than beating myself up over my failings.  For me, the journey is the thing, not so much any destination or end goal I might have in my head. I've come to allow myself to accept this, and doing so has increased my playing enjoyment.
I strongly believe that music should not be something that only 'talented' people should do- it should be something every person can make part of their daily life no matter how humble their ability. It's almost a basic human need in my view. My hope is that all of us here can feel good about sharing our love for making music without feeling we'll be judged or critiqued if we can only play a few notes.  Even when I make lots of mistakes, I find great joy in just tootling around on a simple folk tune and creating a few phrases of pretty notes strung together. So soothing for the soul!




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updated by @strumelia: 11/18/18 12:35:57PM
Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

I can't tell you, I'm afraid - even after having played some tunes over the past three years, (on ukulele, harmonicas, & now whistles) - I can only just about play a couple from memory, & then I usually make mistakes, or forget what comes next, so I will use notation or tab when playing - it could just be my old brain, but it certainly is frustrating at times. confusey

Chris
Chris
@chris
2 months ago
14 posts

What method do you use to memorize a new tune?

My tried and true method for learning tunes on the harmonica and the whistle is as follows

1 listen to the tune till it's firmly in my head (I have the memory of a goldfish)

2 Find the sheet music and slowly read it while playing along on the whistle.

3 Shake stir and repeat until I can play the first part of the tune and then go on to the second part and do the same.

It can take me weeks and weeks to memorize a tune which is very frustrating.

Is there a better way? blue flute

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

...ended up with 139 videos!

Now it's time to get back to my harmonicas, whistles, & flutey things. smile

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

So far, I've had 109 videos to comment on........& there's still another full day to go! timelovey

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 months ago
100 posts

Thanks, glad you managed to get a glimpse of what I've managed over the past 3 years, from being almost musically illiterate. flutehappys

 

(I probably wouldn't have got this far, if it hadn't been for the support from people on the various forums.)


updated by @keith: 11/08/18 01:40:45PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
95 posts

Keith I really enjoyed your Amazing Grace on various instruments, on your YT channel.  clapper




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