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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:47 am 
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I see/hear people playing Andes music on larger wooden whistles. I like the deeper tone ( not shrill) produced by these larger wooden whistles. Are these considered tin whistles ? Mine is brass and produces more of a shrill sound which my wife hates ! :) To get a deeper toned whistle do I need to buy this larger wooden one ?


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If you bought a 'regular' tin whistle it will be in the key of 'D', maybe 'C', these are soprano whistles.

The next step is to a lower keyed whistle, but these are more expensive, & usually come from specialist makers.

The best solution would be to listen to the various keys of whistle on Youtube, to get an idea of what would suit you.

Having said that, there are also recorders & Native American Flutes (which are actually like a whistle), too.

My own preferences are for the lower keyed whistles, from 'C' down to low 'D', however, as you go lower, the finger spacing increases, which may be a problem, so think carefully. :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:21 pm 
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yankees1 wrote:
I see/hear people playing Andes music on larger wooden whistles. I like the deeper tone ( not shrill) produced by these larger wooden whistles. Are these considered tin whistles ? Mine is brass and produces more of a shrill sound which my wife hates ! :) To get a deeper toned whistle do I need to buy this larger wooden one ?



My wife does not like the sound of the soprano D either. But that's less and less true as I get better at it.

"Tin" whistles can be made of wood, or aluminum, or plastic; they are just called tin whistles because mass market whistles were made of metal. Personally, I don't think the material a whistle is made of has much effect on the sound: I think its all about the mouthpiece and the tuning. But lots of people disagree about that.


As mentioned whistles come in a wide variety of sizes and key signatures/ranges. The Low D whistle is a tin whistle, an octave lower. it's close to two feet long. Also as fatmac said the holes get harder to cover as the whistles get bigger

You can find whistles in Bb, or A, or G, or F, and they will have a less shrill sound


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PB+J wrote:
yankees1 wrote:
I see/hear people playing Andes music on larger wooden whistles. I like the deeper tone ( not shrill) produced by these larger wooden whistles. Are these considered tin whistles ? Mine is brass and produces more of a shrill sound which my wife hates ! :) To get a deeper toned whistle do I need to buy this larger wooden one ?



My wife does not like the sound of the soprano D either. But that's less and less true as I get better at it.

"Tin" whistles can be made of wood, or aluminum, or plastic; they are just called tin whistles because mass market whistles were made of metal. Personally, I don't think the material a whistle is made of has much effect on the sound: I think its all about the mouthpiece and the tuning. But lots of people disagree about that.


As mentioned whistles come in a wide variety of sizes and key signatures/ranges. The Low D whistle is a tin whistle, an octave lower. it's close to two feet long. Also as fatmac said the holes get harder to cover as the whistles get bigger

You can find whistles in Bb, or A, or G, or F, and they will have a less shrill sound
Can you play a song in D major using a low D whistle using the same finger positions ?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:56 pm 
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yankees1 wrote:
Can you play a song in D major using a low D whistle using the same finger positions ?

Yes (although it's generally referred to as a tune if'n there's no singing involved.)

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yes.

You can learn a D tune on a regular D whistle, play the same tune using the same fingerings on a low D whistle, and it will be one octave lower.

You can play the same tune on a C whistle, using the same fingerings, and it will be in the key of C.

Whistles are known as "transposing" instruments. Basically, if you wanna play a tune in a different key, you can play it on a differently keyed whistle rather than learning new fingerings. It's like capo-ing your guitar. ;)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:06 am 
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Wanderer wrote:
yes.

You can learn a D tune on a regular D whistle, play the same tune using the same fingerings on a low D whistle, and it will be one octave lower.

You can play the same tune on a C whistle, using the same fingerings, and it will be in the key of C.

Whistles are known as "transposing" instruments. Basically, if you wanna play a tune in a different key, you can play it on a differently keyed whistle rather than learning new fingerings. It's like capo-ing your guitar. ;)
Thank you and as a new player I sure didn't know that !!!


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Where they actually whistles or where they QUENA flutes?


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