The Drifting Thread

Keith
Keith
@keith
2 weeks ago
68 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 weeks ago
80 posts

Good one Keith.  thumbsup




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Keith
Keith
@keith
2 weeks ago
68 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 weeks ago
68 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 weeks ago
10 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
3 weeks ago
68 posts

That's the Sweetone in C.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 weeks ago
80 posts

Which one is the silver one?




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Keith
Keith
@keith
3 weeks ago
68 posts

Maybe this shows them off better.

 

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Keith
Keith
@keith
3 weeks ago
68 posts

Maybe this one shows it better.

 

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Keith
Keith
@keith
3 weeks ago
68 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
3 weeks ago
80 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
3 weeks ago
68 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
3 weeks ago
10 posts

Hi Keith

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

Keith
Keith
@keith
3 weeks ago
68 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
3 weeks ago
80 posts

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




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Keith
Keith
@keith
3 weeks ago
68 posts

That one tastes much better now. flute

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

Keith
Keith
@keith
3 weeks ago
68 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
3 weeks ago
68 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
3 weeks ago
10 posts

Good luck Keith

Keith
Keith
@keith
3 weeks ago
68 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
4 weeks ago
23 posts
Not sure what happened there but my post appeared blank
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 weeks ago
80 posts

yes  Well done Larry.




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updated by @strumelia: 11/20/18 11:10:59AM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 weeks ago
80 posts

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




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Keith
Keith
@keith
4 weeks ago
68 posts

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

Not conducive to playing at all. shakeNo

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 weeks ago
80 posts

Well said.




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Chris
Chris
@chris
4 weeks ago
10 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
4 weeks ago
80 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
4 weeks ago
68 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
4 weeks ago
10 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
one month ago
68 posts

...ended up with 139 videos!

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

Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

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

Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 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
one month ago
80 posts

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




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
80 posts

Larry that's pretty!




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Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

@strumelia

Not sure if you can access the playlist from outside of the forum, as it is 'unlisted' - but if you try these, one might work.

Playlist URL - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqjI5gC-IUKjl1OZ9uiCwqR8kXtKRWUKv

& the thread URL -https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?136190-Season-351-Life-Cycle/page10

 

& my YT channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs5PXY4P-E5n6uJmWEPZiBQ

& if that doesn't get you there, try going from this one -

button_play.png Wandering Star

 

I must warn you, I'm not very good. winker


updated by @keith: 11/08/18 10:13:23AM
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
23 posts
A piece on my baritone ukulele

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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
80 posts

@keith - are any of these clips on youtube or a place where we can have a peek without joining a uke forum?  banjo




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
80 posts

LarryS: I have too many instruments and not enough time

Me too, but I've decided to see that as insurance against getting bored in my old age.  ;)




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Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

Today, on my uke forum where I am hosting this week, I had an entry of over 6mins 30secs to listen to, & not only that, but it had a second part of 5min 20secs!

 

Normally entries are between 1 & 2 mins.....bogglingcomfort


updated by @keith: 11/08/18 07:12:22AM
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
23 posts
@keith I have too many instruments and not enough time
Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

Fair enough.......just thought maybe I could point you in the right direction. smiler

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
23 posts

@keith well...its just I'm not very good at it and its probably not a very good instrument (cost me £5) Plus its more for playing blues and country, and getting clean notes, especially playing chromatically, is hard. Recorder is just easier.


updated by @larrys: 11/06/18 08:26:13AM
Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

Any reason not?

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
one month ago
23 posts
@keith I have a harmonica but I don't play it
Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

....& today, I found out one of my harmonica forums is shutting up shop - good job I've still got another two. grin

Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

A slightly busy week ahead for me this week, I'm hosting 'Seasons of the Ukulele', likely my last one, as I have so many other things I want to try out yet, & I seem not to have enough time these days - how on earth did I manage to fit in a full week of working before I retired! grin

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
80 posts

Keith:

Interesting, I thought most banjos came with mylar heads these days.

Most banjos do have either mylar or plastic heads these days.  I myself often play 1800s style reproduction banjos in historic settings, so those three banjos of mine represent banjos as they were made at that time- with real skin heads, wooden tuning pegs, and no frets. The only concession I make is using Nylgut strings... which function and sound very close to gut strings but are not so badly effected by humidity. I've tried having both a real calf head and gut strings- there are many situations where this combo can make it impossible to play the banjo, so most banjo 're-enactors' do use nylon strings for outdoor venues or camping. It's easier to dry out your head than your strings!

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updated by @strumelia: 11/03/18 12:55:09PM
Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

Interesting, I thought most banjos came with mylar heads these days.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
80 posts

Well, in Summer the humidity causes my calf and goat skin banjo heads to get saggy, which makes them really hard to play.

There's always a challenge with the weather in some way with instruments it seems!




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Keith
Keith
@keith
one month ago
68 posts

I play chromatic harmonicas....


....& others, but it's the chrom that gives us grief as the weather gets colder, our breath causes condensation, & that sticks the two parts of the valves together, so we have to heat up our chroms before we can play them, it's a hassle. :)

Don't get that hassle with my other instruments, so they will likely get more play time in the coming months. ;)

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
23 posts
Its good to drift aimlessly at times.
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
80 posts

This thread has no theme and it has no end. Just drop by and express yourself with your random thoughts or various goings-on in your life. The subjects will drift from one thing to another, from one member to another. This is the thread where you never have to stay 'on topic'.

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