Complete beginner to low whistle (D)

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Tell us something.: I bought a low D whistle back in the 90s and failed to learn to play it. I still have it and having recently retired I'm debating whether it's time to try again or candidly to stick to the instruments I already play and sell the whistle I have to someone who'll get better use from it. This looks like an excellent community site where I can perhaps get some advice.

Re: Complete beginner to low whistle (D)

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Hello

I'm also new to the forum and whistles in general and this thread has answered my initial question too. Can I start on a low whistle?

I'm sort of new in that about 25 years ago I was smitten when hearing Callow Lake by Davy Spillane. On impulse I found a local shop and bought a low whistle. I tried at the time but in the pre-internet days there were a lot less resources readily available, I did struggle to progress and eventually shelved it. It wasn't helped by living in a flat with poor soundproofing and feeling somewhat conscious of the noise I was making.

I've recently retired and have dug out the whistle which I fortunately kept for another try and, with the help of forums such as this I hope to progress.

Mike - I'm not sure if you're new to instruments in general so please ignore this if it's something you already know. I also play guitar and have done now for a long time but around 3 years ago I listened to an audio book called 'the practice of practice'. This was a revelation for me and I have friends whom I've recommended it to when starting out on guitar who've found it extremely useful. It's not specific to any instrument but provides insight into what practice is/isn't and how to go about it. I can throughly recommend it. I can confirm that I'm not affiliated to the author/publisher in any way :)

Thanks to all for the info on this thread it's been very helpful.

Dave
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pancelticpiper wrote:Cool, a used Tony Dixon Low D like I was talking about has just come up for sale here at a very good price.

viewtopic.php?f=35&t=110599
Shame it's only available in America, I was tempted to jump on this as well. I've also been considering giving low whistles a try.
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Re: Complete beginner to low whistle (D)

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Polara Pat wrote:
pancelticpiper wrote:Cool, a used Tony Dixon Low D like I was talking about has just come up for sale here at a very good price.

viewtopic.php?f=35&t=110599
Shame it's only available in America, I was tempted to jump on this as well. I've also been considering giving low whistles a try.

Dixon TB012D

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Re: Complete beginner to low whistle (D)

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This thread has inspired me to also start a low D search. I like the idea of getting something used since the price for even entry level whistles is pretty high.

Anyways, I hope the OP finds what he's looking for and sorry for the hi-jack
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Re: Complete beginner to low whistle (D)

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I started learning GHB when I was 40. Granted I have a background in piano and brass instruments but I didn't find it all that difficult to learn. After all, there are only 9 ( or in the whistle's case a handful) of notes as opposed to 88.

With enough time and the right level of passion, you can learn anything. 5 years later, I'd say I'm pretty proficient and am looking forward to learning the low whistle next. Just stick with it and remember: it's for you - if you find enjoyment in it and it fulfills creative and emotional needs, then go for it! Enjoy the journey! Cheers
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Re: Complete beginner to low whistle (D)

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bassbone_mh wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 6:20 pm
I started learning GHB when I was 40. Granted I have a background in piano and brass instruments but I didn't find it all that difficult to learn. After all, there are only 9 ( or in the whistle's case a handful) of notes as opposed to 88.

With enough time and the right level of passion, you can learn anything. 5 years later, I'd say I'm pretty proficient and am looking forward to learning the low whistle next. Just stick with it and remember: it's for you - if you find enjoyment in it and it fulfills creative and emotional needs, then go for it! Enjoy the journey! Cheers
Awesome! Welcome to low whistling. I've heard so many people say they want to learn an instrument but can't. But I feel like if they would just start learning it, they would get somewhere. Its amazing how much interest and enthusiasm changes ones ability to learn something.
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