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Author:  Tommy [ Wed Nov 15, 2006 11:47 pm ]
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Judy K wrote:
Tommy, Mack told me to put it exactly between the 1st & 2nd holes, on the back side (duh!) of the whistle. Start with a small hole, and keeping testing while you make it bigger until you get a perfect C natural.

(Correct me if I didn't get it right, please, Mack!)


OK, I think I have a whistle I could try that on.

Author:  ConnieS [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 2:25 pm ]
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Adrian wrote:
ConnieS wrote:
But when I pull out the drill and pick up my Water Weasel or Greenwood.


:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:


I didn't. I couldn't.

Author:  Adrian [ Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:14 pm ]
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ConnieS wrote:
Adrian wrote:
ConnieS wrote:
But when I pull out the drill and pick up my Water Weasel or Greenwood.


:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:


I didn't. I couldn't.



Nearly had a heart attack :o

Author:  foothillsOH [ Mon Nov 20, 2006 12:45 pm ]
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Well, the order has been made.

I went for it.

Author:  Adrian [ Mon Nov 20, 2006 1:25 pm ]
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foothillsOH wrote:
Well, the order has been made.

I went for it.


=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>
=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>
=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>
=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>
=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>

Well done!

Author:  fancypiper [in Heaven] [ Mon Nov 20, 2006 3:45 pm ]
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ConnieS wrote:
Okay, I'll try it on a Meg and see how it goes.

I think the seam would get in the way. If I get a D Generation or two that I like, I might try it on one of them.

It always made me wonder, as many GHB players as there are, why nobody makes a whistle that plays with GHB fingering (A Mixilodeon tuning). :-k

Author:  ConnieS [ Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:26 pm ]
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Oh, good point. Maybe one of the Little Black Waltons.

Author:  Adrian [ Tue Nov 21, 2006 12:38 am ]
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fancypiper wrote:
It always made me wonder, as many GHB players as there are, why nobody makes a whistle that plays with GHB fingering (A Mixilodeon tuning). :-k


Put tape to permanently half hole the top hole. That gives you your flattened 7th and therefore the Mixolydian mode. But you have probably already done this. There must be whistle smiths that could make whistles in the mode a customer wants?

Author:  Adrian [ Tue Nov 21, 2006 12:42 am ]
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ConnieS wrote:
Little Black Waltons.


I haven't heard LBWs mentioned for a long time. Come to that I can't remember when I last played mine? I wonder if they are still popular as they once were as they are great whistles at a give-away price.

Author:  fancypiper [in Heaven] [ Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:14 pm ]
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Adrian wrote:
Put tape to permanently half hole the top hole. That gives you your flattened 7th and therefore the Mixolydian mode. But you have probably already done this. There must be whistle smiths that could make whistles in the mode a customer wants?

I can play A Mixolydian on my D whistle.

I was thinking of a whistle with 8 holes, a thumb hole for the octave and a bottom hand pinkie hole which would play the low flatted 7th so that you could play the birls and the Scottish ornaments that is played on the GHB.

It could be tuned to play in tune with the same fingering as the GHB uses, I would think. If this whistle was pitched in A Mix., it could be perfect for when I have a GHB piper to visit me. Since the whistle would be designed to play only nine notes, all in the same octave, tuning would be very easy, I would think.

GHB pipers seem to always have a D whistle, but they can't get the idea of playing the Mixolydian scale in A on it. I have to pick through several whistles to play the tunes we know in common with them.

I wonder if I have some tubing that will fit my Hoover low G or F fipple that I could experiment with...

Author:  Adrian [ Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:41 pm ]
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I can see you have to be quite creative!

A mixolydian is easy on a D whistle as you know but so is
D mixolydian just replace the C# with C nat. Very easy on a D whistle!
G mixolydian is easy on a D whistle C nat plus F nat, so only needs one half hole.

On the D whistle other mixolydian scales are hard to play quickly with good ornamentation, but three is better than one.

I realise that you probably know all this better than most.

I can see that some clever smith needs to be extra creative for the sake of GHP players.

I'm in awe of anyone who can play pipes!!!!

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