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Whistling

Jack Campin 21 Feb 19 - 05:23 AM
Andy7 21 Feb 19 - 05:31 AM
Acorn4 21 Feb 19 - 05:36 AM
Steve Gardham 21 Feb 19 - 03:07 PM
Jack Campin 21 Feb 19 - 03:41 PM
The Sandman 22 Feb 19 - 04:19 AM
The Sandman 22 Feb 19 - 05:10 AM
Andy7 22 Feb 19 - 05:31 AM
FreddyHeadey 11 Feb 20 - 04:26 PM
Steve Shaw 11 Feb 20 - 05:06 PM
WalkaboutsVerse 11 Feb 20 - 05:59 PM
John P 11 Feb 20 - 06:16 PM
Joe Offer 11 Feb 20 - 08:19 PM
GUEST,Jerry 12 Feb 20 - 05:21 AM
Gordon Jackson 12 Feb 20 - 05:57 AM
GUEST,akenaton 12 Feb 20 - 06:30 AM
Steve Shaw 12 Feb 20 - 07:53 AM
Mrrzy 12 Feb 20 - 08:53 AM
Richard Mellish 12 Feb 20 - 10:05 AM
keberoxu 12 Feb 20 - 12:13 PM
leeneia 12 Feb 20 - 12:38 PM
GUEST 12 Feb 20 - 01:59 PM
GUEST,akenaton 12 Feb 20 - 03:44 PM
EBarnacle 12 Feb 20 - 03:45 PM
GUEST,akenaton 12 Feb 20 - 03:46 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 12 Feb 20 - 08:01 PM
Tattie Bogle 12 Feb 20 - 09:17 PM
GUEST 13 Feb 20 - 07:03 AM
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Subject: Whistling
From: Jack Campin
Date: 21 Feb 19 - 05:23 AM

It has been a long time since I heard anybody whistling tunes in public, except me.

Also except a boy of about 14 (presumably a Midlothian local) who I saw getting off a bus a few weeks ago. Can't recall what the tune was, but he was clear and accurate.

Is it making a comeback?


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Andy7
Date: 21 Feb 19 - 05:31 AM

When I was growing up in east London, I'd very often hear people whistling while walking down the street, and in other public places. Not any more!

Maybe if we all make an effort to start whistling more, other people might start also!


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Acorn4
Date: 21 Feb 19 - 05:36 AM

Could it be because modern music is just so tuneless?


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 21 Feb 19 - 03:07 PM

Modern technology I'm afraid. Music coming at us from all angles whether we like it or not, coupled with the fast pace of modern living.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Jack Campin
Date: 21 Feb 19 - 03:41 PM

It was on the way out before they invented the CD player.

And it's not that unusual to hear teenagers singing pop songs in the street.

The odd thing to me was, where did that kid get the idea?


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: The Sandman
Date: 22 Feb 19 - 04:19 AM

CCE has whistling competitions, undoubtedly some on this forum would condemn this


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: The Sandman
Date: 22 Feb 19 - 05:10 AM

Perhaps EFDSS should start whistling competitions, with the stipulation that it has to be a trad tune.
0r even better funded the teaching of whistling in schools


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Andy7
Date: 22 Feb 19 - 05:31 AM

Human sounds (those made intentionally) can be divided into 3 types:

1. Vocalisations (talking, singing, screaming, groaning etc.)
2. Mouth sounds with no vocalisation (whistling, hissing, clucking etc.)
3. Two parts of the body striking against each other (hand clapping, clicking fingers, etc.)

Of these, only the first two can produce a reasonable tune, but the third can provide a mean percussion accompaniment!


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 04:26 PM

bbc radio
Out of the Ordinary
Whistling

Released On: 02 Mar 2018
Available for over a year

Jolyon Jenkins attends an international whistling competition in Los Angeles to meet the people who want whistling to be taken seriously as a musical art form. The competition is organised by the "Whistling Diva", Carole Ann Kaufman, herself a former international whistling champion. "If it comes from the heart, it's art," she says.
But even though there have been featured whistling instrumentalists, in the big band era for instance, whistling struggles to be thought of as more than a novelty act. Even the whistlers at the convention find it hard to persuade their own families that their talent is worth celebrating. It's even led to the break up of marriages.
Occasionally, though, a whistler does make it to the (comparative) big time. Geert Chatrou is a Belgian whistler who won an international competition in 2004. he is now semi-professional and has recorded and performed with symphony orchestras and jazz bands. So - will a new champion emerge this year?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b09sqvxt

~~~~~~~~~~
there's a 2017 thread worth reading
thread.cfm?threadid=161764


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 05:06 PM

I whistle a fair bit. I can whistle equally well on the inhale and the exhale and I can do tremolo. I'm a bit too breathy. I'll never be on anybody's CD. There's a twat in Bude who whistles his way tunelessly round the aisles in Morrisons. I'll swear that he loses Morrisons money.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 05:59 PM

I Whistle on 3 of my 18 Chants From Walkabouts

And also on E-trad "Rose in June."

When I live in Newcastle, there was a chap at many NE festival singarounds called Whistling Ronnie who was very good.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: John P
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 06:16 PM

I whistle a lot. Oddly, I don't sing in key very well, but I can whistle accurately.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 08:19 PM

I like to whistle, and people say I'm pretty good at it. I think whistling can be great punctuation for singing, but I get annoyed when I'm singing and somebody else is whistling.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 05:21 AM

I get the impression that the popularity of karaoke and TV talent shows has encouraged many people to get over their inherent shyness about singing in public. Not so long ago anyone singing outside of an actual performance tended to be ridiculed, or assumed to be drunk, but now people are wont to sing lines from pop songs whenever prompted, when in the past they would have just whistled or hummed the tune for fear of rebuke. Look at also at the growth of community choirs, people getting together to sing pop songs, something that until recently had died out with the glee clubs and barbershop quartets, (apart from shanty groups and acapella folk groups valiantly keeping the faith). Or is this just another mad theory of mine?


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Gordon Jackson
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 05:57 AM

To be honest, I hadn't really given it a great deal of thought until Jack brought it up, but he's right, whistling is pretty rare these days. As a kid I would hear builders, gardeners, painters, R&B men, milkmen, coalmen (always men!) whistling as they worked - not any more.

I could never whistle very well, and I seem to have completely lost the ability now. And I could never do loud whistles with fingers in my mouth either (I could make a decent enough noise with a blade of grass though).


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: GUEST,akenaton
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 06:30 AM

At village concerts in the 1950's there was always a "whistler" a remember "Wee Geordie Campbell", who was only a few years older than myself, but a firm favourite. He whistled pipe tunes, marches usually, with a couple of reels occasionally. As Andy and Gordon have said hearing people whistling at work or when walking used to be common, now we seem to have an inbuilt depression about life.
I whistle very often from the roof tops....sometimes the birds come and join in......the feathered variety of course.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 07:53 AM

"And I could never do loud whistles with fingers in my mouth either (I could make a decent enough noise with a blade of grass though)."

Same here on both counts. Given the correct species of grass, I can do a fair rendering of God Save the Queen and the Ode To Joy. I'm not admired for this.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Mrrzy
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 08:53 AM

Got my top teeth straightened in college and lost the ability to whistle reliably. I remember my efforts at learning to whistle as a kid... Took a *lot* longer as an adult.

I can still whistle through my fingers, though.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 10:05 AM

I don't whistle as much as I used to and the volume tends to fade, especially if my mouth is dry. But I do enjoy putting in lots of triplets, pitch slides and suchlike decorations; and on both inhale and exhale.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 12:13 PM

The late Michael Flanders
liked to make "whistling" sound fancy by saying
"siffleur" instead.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: leeneia
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 12:38 PM

You're right, Jack. We should whistle more. If ukuleles can make a comeback, why not whistling?

I still remember the day when I was four years old and I produced a faint, husky whistle. I was so thrilled! My father could whistle, and I so wanted to do it too.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 01:59 PM

I used to whistle a lot. Equally well inhale and exhale, the only real special effect I would do was humming and whistling at the same time. Anyway, while I was living abroad some "twat" started moaning at me about it. TBH it didn't take long to shut me up completely and I have never started again. Well occasionally I will whistle an "instrumental" verse as an interlude while performing a song, but that's not really the same thing. Plenty of "twats" in the world aren't there.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: GUEST,akenaton
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 03:44 PM

In these parts there is a very old saying that its "uncanny tae hear a crowin'cock or a whuslin' wuman".


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: EBarnacle
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 03:45 PM

Several years ago, in the early '90s, Toshi got me to do whistling workshop at one of the Clearwater Revivals. Interestingly, my co-leader could not sing in a bucket although he whistled well.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: GUEST,akenaton
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 03:46 PM

"crawin' hen or a whuslin' wuman".


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 08:01 PM

Indeed...I know the whistle.

Within the So Cal Barrio the
"chirps"

Each whistle carriers a message.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

Each region is unique, but clearly understood.
u


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 12 Feb 20 - 09:17 PM

Bring back Roger Whittaker!
Never been able to whistle that well myself, though will try "The Gypsy Rover" if it comes up in a session.
My daughter can do the ear-splitting 2 fingers in the mouth wolf-whistle, so why not me?


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Feb 20 - 07:03 AM

I haven't read all the posts, has anyone mentioned Ronnie Ronalde?


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: leeneia
Date: 13 Feb 20 - 01:29 PM

Well, Guest, you are probably a free citizen of the free world. If you enjoy whistling, do it.

A friend once heard me whistling a little and said, "A whistling girl and a crowing hen; both will come to no good end." I looked at her and said, "Does it bother you that I'm happy?" That was the last time I heard that jaded, hick wisecrack.
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Once I was watching at a dance session in a home. They announced that they were going to do a number that had lyrics and a descant, so I felt free to whistle along in harmony. There was a parakeet (budgie) there, and the parakeet heard the whistling and broke into joyous tweeting.

At the end of the song, somebody exclaimed, "That bird! That bird is incredible!" I decided to keep silent about my part in the duet. Why burst somebody's bubble?


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 13 Feb 20 - 02:01 PM

Re Ronnie Ronalde, Guest, don't think so but he seems almost as good as a lyrebird!

https://youtu.be/cjUIFYKrtn4


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: leeneia
Date: 15 Feb 20 - 01:43 PM

like this amazing set of sounds?

listen to a lyrebird

One thing's for sure: this bird has heard the ratchety click of a camera many times.


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Subject: RE: Whistling
From: Karen Impola
Date: 15 Feb 20 - 06:30 PM

Like Tunesmith from the 2017 thread, I whistle often, without being conscious that I'm doing it. I used to have a coworker who was annoyed by it. He would ask me to stop, and I would obligingly do so, only to find myself whistling again two minutes later, completely unaware. This could go on for hours. Fortunately, he's retired now.

I used to find it much easier to harmonize while whistling than while singing. Somehow the fact that I was producing words kept me tethered to the melody. I've gotten better at singing harmonies over the years, through practice.


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