The Drifting Thread

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
72 posts
Hoping to get a native American style flute soon...
Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
200 posts

I know, I know - just couldn't resist - Chieftain mezzo 'A' soon to be mine from Ebay. winker

(Looks like it's hardly been played, from the photos.)

Also, I returned my tunable Duo 'C' back to being a whistle.


updated by @keith: 04/08/19 09:28:00AM
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
72 posts
Keith:

Just snagged a Tony Dixon ABS one piece low D whistle for £23 on Ebay. flute


Very nice
Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
200 posts

Just snagged a Tony Dixon ABS one piece low D whistle for £23 on Ebay. flute

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
72 posts

Keith:
LarryS: I wanted to try the opposite with my boehm flute-fit a whistle head to it so I can play it and have a fully chromatic whistle!

It might be just possible, my TD alto whistle head 'just about' fits over the head of my Gemeinhardt, but you'd need a short length of tube between the two tubes, so that the fipple was in the right area, with about half an inch showing.

Might it be worth £15 for a head to try(?), I don't know, but I don't need to, as I shall be having another go on it & my piccolo once my embouchure is more stable.

Oh I pretty much gave up on flute embouchure. Just too hard

Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
200 posts

Strumelia: Them's pretty bold moves you got there Keith.  I am impressed that you can enjoyably switch between a low F and a high F...

It's really quite easy, the high whistle just starts where the second octave is on my low whistle. winkerflute

 

Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
200 posts

LarryS: I wanted to try the opposite with my boehm flute-fit a whistle head to it so I can play it and have a fully chromatic whistle!

It might be just possible, my TD alto whistle head 'just about' fits over the head of my Gemeinhardt, but you'd need a short length of tube between the two tubes, so that the fipple was in the right area, with about half an inch showing.

Might it be worth £15 for a head to try(?), I don't know, but I don't need to, as I shall be having another go on it & my piccolo once my embouchure is more stable.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 months ago
124 posts

Them's pretty bold moves you got there Keith.  I am impressed that you can enjoyably switch between a low F and a high F... that broad range is is about as wide as my head can even wrap around.  surprised




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
72 posts

Keith:

Bought myself a flute head & fitted it to my TD tunable aluminium 'A' whistle - my TD tunable aluminium 'C' whistle is also fitted with the flute head - so both my tunable whistles are temporarily now flutes.happydance

My main whistles still remain my low 'F', low 'D', alto 'A', & alto 'G' - with my 'C's & my high 'F' as grab up whistles. flute

I wanted to try the opposite with my boehm flute-fit a whistle head to it so I can play it and have a fully chromatic whistle!


updated by @larrys: 03/29/19 08:48:18AM
Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
200 posts

Bought myself a flute head & fitted it to my TD tunable aluminium 'A' whistle - my TD tunable aluminium 'C' whistle is also fitted with the flute head - so both my tunable whistles are temporarily now flutes.happydance

My main whistles still remain my low 'F', low 'D', alto 'A', & alto 'G' - with my 'C's & my high 'F' as grab up whistles. flute

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
7 months ago
72 posts
Seeing as I don't get on with my low D I'm selling it. Its going to the states!
Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
200 posts

I've been playing my new plastic whistles a bit more, in fact, I have one behind my chair, where I usually sit, along with one of my chromatic harmonicas - just reach around & grab it. flute

Also volunteered to host a week, for my uke forum friends, mainly just to keep in touch with them, now that I've been distracted with these whistles, (& flutes). popcorn

Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
200 posts

So, what's everyone else been up to?

Keith
Keith
@keith
7 months ago
200 posts

Well.......regardless of what my scales are saying, I'm back to wearing 38" jeans again......yippee! grin

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
124 posts

That's depressing about your weight scale, Keith.  sadsmile

Raspberry pi... i had to look it up.  Sounds like lots of fun to work on!  Maybe the modern version of 'working on model airplanes'?




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Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
200 posts

I've been back to my ukes & harmonicas for a bit just lately, but today was all about my Raspberry Pi computers...........you've got to have a change, haven't you. banjo

Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
200 posts

My sister was at the doctors the other day, & she was weighed by them, when she came back, she declared my scales under weighing by about 14lbs, that is bad news, as last time I weighed myself they said 14st 7lbs!

New, digital, scales on their way to me, lets hope they 'say' the 'right' weight! winker

Chifmunk
Chifmunk
@chifmunk
8 months ago
14 posts

Well it's 19 degrees F here this morning.. pretty darn cold.  I certainly won't be playing any whistles outside.  Maybe carve a whistle out of an icicle?  frozen

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
8 months ago
72 posts
Pouring rain here, bouncing off the road. My daughter will be home from school soon and she will be quite wet!
Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
200 posts

After some lovely weather recently, it has now turned much colder, & the fingers aren't working as well in the cold! winky

Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
200 posts

The video I mention was made by Tony Hinnigan, (of Kerry Whistles), he compared the Glenluce 'D' with his Susato 'D', & he felt it compared well with it, considering it was half the price, but it couldn't be 'pushed' as much, (i.e. less volume).

These are brand new whistles, (found whilst looking around Ebay the other day), & I thought it worth taking a chance on them.

I think that they play rather well, with a sound quite similar to the Tony Dixon ABS one piece high 'D'.

(No, I don't own any Susato whistles myself - the only plastic whistle I had was the Dixon high 'D'.)

(P.S. My embouchure on my M&E 'F' flute is coming along nicely, I'm really liking it.)

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
124 posts

Do you think they were made for these companies by Susato?
Are these new or used whistles that you got?

How do they play and sound?

And do you have the Susato in C black plastic to compare them to?




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Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
200 posts

....arrived today, first impressions, they seem to play well, with a fairly easy second octave.

On closer inspection, they do seem to be the same whistle(!), exactly identical, (to me), except for the printed name on them, & the supplied cases, (of which the Recorder Workshop one is better).

 

So if you're looking for a plastic whistle in 'C', I'd suggest trying the Recorder Workshop one. thumbsup


updated by @keith: 02/20/19 07:32:22AM
Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
200 posts

.......found a couple of plastic whistles in 'C' on Ebay the other day.

One is a Glenluce, (which got a pretty good recommendation from a suggested video on Chiff & Fipple), £14.95.

The other is by Recorder Workshop, £5.50.

(They both look like Susato whistles do.)


updated by @keith: 02/20/19 07:34:13AM
Keith
Keith
@keith
8 months ago
200 posts

Had a good practice session today, almost got through my 5 regulars without any mishaps, on my low F, my F flute, & followed that with a burst on my low D too. flute

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
9 months ago
72 posts
Low whistles are airy. Its basically a tube of air with holes in. Still nice sounding, unique
Keith
Keith
@keith
9 months ago
200 posts

Surprised you think it weaker sounding than tenor recorder, my Yamaha was really a soft player, to my ear, but I find my Howard low D has what I call a 'fuller sound'/ 'stronger tone'.

I quite liked the tone of yours when I listened to it being played online, but decided on the Howard 'B' stock as it was cheaper, & not knowing how I'd get on with a low D finger stretch, (I sometimes still don't quite cover the holes, & get that odd sound, when you don't).


updated by @keith: 02/09/19 07:04:41AM
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
9 months ago
72 posts
Keith:

That ones got a nice tone to it too, & has that sort of haunting/breathy sound that goes well with aires & the like - at least, I think so.

I actually find it a bit too breathy,weak sounding compared to tenor recorder
Keith
Keith
@keith
9 months ago
200 posts

That ones got a nice tone to it too, & has that sort of haunting/breathy sound that goes well with aires & the like - at least, I think so.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
9 months ago
72 posts

Try this: 

play Low D improv

 

 


updated by @larrys: 02/08/19 06:40:42PM
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
9 months ago
72 posts
Well I did post the url but I guess the site converts it...

play Low D improv
Keith
Keith
@keith
9 months ago
200 posts

I'd be up for a listen - but I can't make those links work for me - that's why I try to ensure the actual URL gets posted, when I put a link on here.

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
9 months ago
72 posts
A bit of improv on my Kerry Optima low D

play Low D improv
Keith
Keith
@keith
9 months ago
200 posts

Tone wise, I think it's pretty good, it has quite a strong sound, if I get it right, (but I can't really play it yet, I need to find my embouchure on it).

Depending on the music, & how I feel, I'll add staccato, &/or slurs, just to make it mine, (sometimes even vibrato) - I think we need to interpret some tunes our own way.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
9 months ago
124 posts

Keith:

OK, here's a first attempt with it.

It's got a lovely tone in F, Keith!  Very pleasant to listen to.  :)

Here's a challenge for you-  at certain measures to go from one note to another without tongueing. Like from note 1 to 2, OR from note 3 to 4 in a measure.
I catch myself with both tongueing and bowing I tend to always do a new tongue or a new bowstroke with every note. It always sounds better when I slur some note transitions on the same breath or the same bowstroke.  Mind you, I'm a rank amateur but I've found that it sounds good when I vary it  -once I am able to.   :D

 




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Keith
Keith
@keith
9 months ago
200 posts

Pictures.....top to bottom.....

Damian Thompson delrin beginner flute (low D)

Howard low D whistle

M&E polymer F flute

Shearwater low F whistle

 

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updated by @keith: 02/08/19 09:57:37AM
Keith
Keith
@keith
9 months ago
200 posts

OK, here's a first attempt with it.

https://soundcloud.com/user-604445267/zoom0003/s-Su14o

(Still got to work out where to set the embouchure hole in relation to the finger holes.)

 


updated by @keith: 02/08/19 10:01:19AM
LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
9 months ago
72 posts
Be good to see and hear it Keith
Keith
Keith
@keith
9 months ago
200 posts

My new simple system keyless flute in 'F' arrived today - I think I may just be a fan of the key of 'F' - my low 'F' whistle has become my new favourite, & I tootle on the high 'F' for fun.....flute

Keith
Keith
@keith
9 months ago
200 posts

A nearby town has made it to the news, roads all locked up because of jack knifed lorries on the motorway.

We have about 4~5" presently, certainly somewhat cold, but nothing compared to you lot over there in the States.

Stay safe & warm.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
9 months ago
124 posts

We had about 9 inches. (such an appropriate subject for the 'drifting thread' lolol)

It's not as bad here in NY as in Chicago, but it's been pretty darn cold too- this morning at 10am it's minus 1 degree F.  Brrr




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
9 months ago
72 posts
We had a dusting up here. Elsewhere, mainly down south, there has been heavy snowfall.
Keith
Keith
@keith
9 months ago
200 posts

Well, we had some snow overnight, & we are now sitting watching a couple young families with their sledges & throwing snowballs, at least they are enjoying it. cooldance

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
9 months ago
72 posts
Thanks Keith. I have a few resources I can use
Keith
Keith
@keith
9 months ago
200 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
9 months ago
72 posts
I'm currently trying to teach myself flute. Its not easy!
Chifmunk
Chifmunk
@chifmunk
9 months ago
14 posts

I'm totally there with you Keith!  thumbsup

Keith
Keith
@keith
9 months ago
200 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
10 months ago
72 posts
Thanks. It sounds fab, when played properly
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
10 months ago
124 posts

Lovely mellow tone on that whistle, Larry.




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
10 months ago
72 posts
Here it is:

play My first low whistle
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
10 months ago
124 posts

I hope both of you love your new low whistles!




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LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
10 months ago
72 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
10 months ago
200 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
10 months ago
200 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
10 months ago
124 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
10 months ago
72 posts
Waiting for my kerry optima low D to arrive...
Keith
Keith
@keith
10 months ago
200 posts

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

LarryS
LarryS
@larrys
10 months ago
72 posts
Usual low d size I believe
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
10 months ago
124 posts

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




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