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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:09 am 
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So, due to my uncontrollable fascination with various instruments I have neglected my whistles for probably a couple of years really. Mandolin, tenor banjo, ukulele and fiddle have all kind of taken turns in monopolising my practice time.

End result? I dabble with plenty of instruments, but am not very good at any. I have fun though, and scoring high marks out of 10 isn't a goal of mine, so I have been happy.

Trouble is, now I am picking up my whistles again (the instrument at which I was actually ok for a while) I find that I have 10 thumbs. I have completely lost my coordination and feel for the instrument. I can no longer execute a roll of any kind. I stumble to cross finger a C natural in the middle of a tune and my half-holing is no longer accurate.

In short, it's as if I never learned to play the dratted thing.

I've written a song for a charity project I've been invited to participate in and I want to include a whistle part in my recording. At this rate, it ain't going to be a very good part.

I suppose what I'm really trying to say is... grrr.

Thank you. That is all. carry on.

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Be glad ya ain't whining about breath too! :party:

Hi Budd!

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My sympathies!

Just keep one on the loo for those quiet moments...

Shame it is so hard to play the whistle riding the bike!

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With all those instruments on one recording no one would hear a bad note or two on the whistle :)

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"Not like riding a bike."

So true... I've never fallen off my Dixon Trad and skinned my knee!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:43 am 
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Pammy wrote:
With all those instruments on one recording no one would hear a bad note or two on the whistle :)


Yeah, but the bad notes aren't just on the whistle... :o

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Be glad ya ain't whining about breath too! :party:

Hi Budd!


I haven't the breath left to whine about breath too...

How're you doing, bro? :)

@hans: Heck, I wonder if I could still ride a bike. I haven't tried for decades. :D

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:D the seasons change, I get older :D

could be worse :party:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:24 am 
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@hans: Heck, I wonder if I could still ride a bike. I haven't tried for decades. :D

Well then you are in the perfect position to test if your premise of the topic subject actually holds!
Enjoy the ride! :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:39 am 
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hans wrote:
[...] Well then you are in the perfect position to test if your premise of the topic subject actually holds!
Enjoy the ride! :D

Kind of painted myself into a corner there, didn't I? And the only way out is by bike... :lol:

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that is one of yer endearing features, innit big guy :lol:

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Well you can claim "mitigating circumstances":
a) the weather, causing icy road condition no re-learner should face.
b) you are lying in the ditch, as your location says, and are probably a danger to other road users if you climb out of it. :D

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Look on the bright side: even if you're out of practice, you can still probably play the whistle a LOT better than Jake Shimabukuru... :lol:

(anyone who does not know who Jake is, Google him and prepare to be amazed)

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Look on the bright side: even if you're out of practice, you can still probably play the whistle a LOT better than Jake Shimabukuru... :lol:

(anyone who does not know who Jake is, Google him and prepare to be amazed)


Yep, this is as good as it gets :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puSkP3uy ... re=related

thanks Paul for reminding me

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Have you thought about buying another whistle? Rolls and half holing was notoriously bad on pre-2010 whistles.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:09 pm 
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I.D.10-t wrote:
Have you thought about buying another whistle? Rolls and half holing was notoriously bad on pre-2010 whistles.


LOLz! :lol:

DON'T! Just... don't, ok?

I am very nearly free of WhOA, however I do still have the equivalent mandolin and fiddle syndromes - and no money. Last thing I need is for whistle lust or ukulele lust to kick in again.


Edit: Dixon trads look nice...

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