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Key of F
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Author:  Kathy [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:48 pm ]
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Tomorrow I have to go teach one of my dulcimer club members how to play whistle. She has been working on playing it for a couple of months now. She sings in her choir and is also in a wonderful singing group called "Joyful Notes". Her choir is doing a multi part song in the key of F. She wants to borrow one of my whistles to play along with the song. I have whistles in the keys of A, Bb, C, D, and Eb. I don't know music theory enough to tell her which key she needs so I am asking you my friends. What whistle should we use or does she need to buy one in the key of F. I know that there is a Bb note in the key of F, and isn't the E "flat" on the Bb whistle? HELP!

Also is there a good chart somewhere that tells what notes are on each whistle? I know the notes on the D whistle but I am clueless on all of the rest of my whistles, I juz playz em. ;)

Kathy :)

Author:  TheSpoonMan [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:41 pm ]
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C whistle is good for F. Think of it this way.

D is good for G.

One letter down from D is C

One down from G is F.


Author:  jimwasson [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:42 pm ]
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The C whistle would likely work best, of the ones you have. You'd have to flat the seventh to get Bb, either by half-holing the first hole or cross-fingering it. (this would be equivalent to playing C on a D whistle.)

Key of C has no sharps or flats, with the notes on the whistle being C (all holes covered,) D, E, F, G, A, and B (all holes open.)

An F whistle would probably be easier to play in that key, but would be considerably lower in pitch. Depending on what sort was purchased, they can be fairly expensive.

Author:  Kathy [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:20 pm ]
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This is good info, I have a couple C whistles that I can loan her to try out.

Thank you Guys!!! :D

Kathy :)

Author:  Adrian [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:40 pm ]
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High Fs are cheap but a bit shrill for my poor ears.

Whistles in C are a good choice for playing in F as previously suggested. For a low cost F the Susato is a good choice and has a beautiful mellow sound and and has quite a few fans.

Author:  Kathy [ Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:04 am ]
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Thank you Adrian, If she decides to buy one I will recommend the Susato to her.

I use to buy my whistles on line from The Whistle Shop. Then a while ago, I heard that there were problems there. I then heard that Thom had a heart attack or something. Does anyone know if he is back in business. I never had any problems when I bought from him. He always gave me a good deal on the whistles I bought for my Kids For Christ Kids.

Kathy :)

Author:  Walden [in heaven] [ Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:44 am ]
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Author:  Kathy [ Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:10 am ]
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Walden wrote:

Thank you for this link Aaron. I guess if I had been keeping up with C&F, I might have know about this. One of the reasons I left C&F was because of the nasty posts about Thom. I am so glad to see that people are helping him. I will be making a donation.

Kathy :)

Author:  Kathy [ Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:50 am ]
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Thanks for all the advice. It went really well.

She just has to play a few bars at the beginning and then a few at the end. It was funny, beause we finally got her to understand the cross fingering for the Bb and we went to the last part she has to play and it changes to the key of G! :roll: So then we had to learn how to play the B nat. I am glad that it's her playing it and not me. It would totally mess me up to remember which I was to play first.

She has to play this piece some time next month. I told her I would pray for her. ;) She just got her first whistle in June and I gave her my Kids For Christ whistle book that I compiled from Whistle & Squeek for her to learn from then so she is a beginner.

Thanks again!
Kathy :)

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