So, I think that I am the first one on the US tour. I received two open whistles in the mail about a week ago. I looked at these whistles because I have a quena, a xio(sp), a shakuhachi (well more than a few), and anasazi (rim blown flutes). So, the open part of the whistle intrigued me.
Thanks for the report. Since you also play quena, I'm curious how long you think it'd take for someone who has never played flute or quena to learn the embouchure and get a good sound out of it?
How did it compare to your quenas?
You are welcome. The key for the emb will be the seal first. Then, the emb is crutial. It took me about 3 months. I bet with a teacher. It would take less. I learned alot from a teacher about a flute. But, my work with shak, rim blown and quena helped me with the flute. With the flute, I did not have to make the same kind of seal as with the quena, etal.
Hard to compare with my quena. My quena is a higher key. I think a lower key is a different term. My spelling is horrible. So, I won't even try. My quena has a thumb hole. Makes the upper register easier. With this whistle, the challenge in the second register is the same as with a flute (my humble opinion). But, the tone of this whistle is very nice. I did not push into the second register. I think others will be a better judge for that than me.