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Author:  John [ Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:13 am ]
Post subject:  Traumatic Chromatics

There are six holes on a whistle, and twelve notes in a chromatic scale...

What are some of your favorite (heh) ways of playing the chromatic notes on the whistle? How do you deal with the odd annoying little A#, G#, F natural that pop up every now and then?

Cross fingerings, half holes, whatever you do...

Author:  KittyR [ Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Traumatic Chromatics

Your signature seems remarkably apropos for this thread. ;)

Author:  RonKiley [ Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Traumatic Chromatics

G# is the only one I usually see. I half hole it. I find it is easier if the G# is followed by an A. If it is followed by an F# I find it to be more difficult.

Author:  larrym [ Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:34 am ]
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RonKiley wrote:
G# is the only one I usually see. I half hole it. I find it is easier if the G# is followed by an A. If it is followed by an F# I find it to be more difficult.


:shock: I have enough trouble with half-holing as it is, but your scenario of a G# followed by an F# frightens me!
As an aside, wouldn't the title of this thread make an outstanding name for a band
:laughing:

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Larry

Author:  TC [ Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:38 pm ]
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Ladies and gentleman please join me in welcoming the sharpest sound around: The Traumatic Chromatics!
Seriously, the idea of cross-fingering scared me until I actually put some time into practicing the technique. Now I can play C like this: OXXXOX, and G# like this: XXOXXO, at a pretty decent speed. Be careful though, it seems to work differently on different whistles!

Author:  Lyn D [ Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:42 pm ]
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Let's see.........

F: I half-hole the E.

G#: if I wasn't expecting it, I'd more than likely, half-hole it. Depending on the arrangement, I half-hole or cross-finger it, playing xxoxxx (or xxoxxo, on other whistles).

A#: if I wasn't expecting it, I'd probably half-hole it. If planned, I cross-finger it most of the time, playing xoxxxx (or xoxxxo, on other whistles).

It boils down to what the arrangement is and which way I can best play that note, at the time.

Author:  Blackhawk [ Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:34 am ]
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TC wrote:
Ladies and gentleman please join me in welcoming the sharpest sound around: The Traumatic Chromatics!

:laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

Author:  Adrian [ Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Traumatic Chromatics

I consider the whistle to be as chromatic as the simple 6-hole flute and so practice chromatic scales to help train the fingers. I half hole everything except C in the first octave but use 0XX000 or 0XXX0X instead depending on which whistle I'm playing. I find that the chromatic notes in the third octave can differ quite a lot from whistle to whistle (when I dare to play them).

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