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 Post subject: New Whistle
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:45 pm 
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Okay, so I just got my new Low D. As I improve my playing and learn more songs, I want ot play with other instruments- mainly the guitar and/or piano. What whistle would be best for that? I really like the Low F sound, but would a C be better? What do you think?

--Megan

PS- I didn't want to spend money so soon on a new whistle, but my husband is talking me into it- good guy. In October, we get an oil 'dividend' from the state of Alaska, sooooo...........


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 Post subject: Re: New Whistle
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:27 pm 
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I'm not a pianist, but I think pianists would favor an F or a C. A D shouldn't be a problem for them, though.

A guitarist would play comfortably along with the D whistle or the C whistle. An advanced guitarist would have very little problem playing along with the F. A guitarist with a capo could probably play along to any whistle.

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 Post subject: Re: New Whistle
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:28 am 
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I missed this thread. Did you already get a whistle? If not then I'd suggest the low F for the sheer beauty of those whistles. Listen to an Overton before you buy.


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Thanks for the reply, Adrian! I just ordered A Low F Burke. I liked the way it sounded. It has not been sent yet, but anxiously awaiting......... Okay, my second expensive whistle in less than 6 months! Yikes! Thanks goodness for the Alaska Permanent Fund- it has funded all the fun stuff!


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:mrgreen: We are excited for you. But I want someone to pay me for living in Arizona!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: New Whistle
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:19 am 
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Looking forward for a clip of the Burke F. I bet it is a fantastic whistle. I am contemplating buying a Burke G.


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Well, I JUST got my new Burke in the mail. I like the sound so far and it is nice because it is the first whistle I have that is really, truly tuneable and also breaks down in to four pieces for travelling. It sounds nice, although the finger holes are ALMOST too big for me. My only complaint at all, really, is that it came with stickers on the whistle, right on the aluminum, so I had to use sticky remover to get the sticky off. Not a big deal- but I do have a pet peave about expensive things getting stickers stuck on them. I'll keep you posted on the sound once I get used to playing it!


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DonHen wrote:
:mrgreen: We are excited for you. But I want someone to pay me for living in Arizona!!!!!!!!!!!


I don't think you can get payed for living in Arizona but I do understand that you qualify for mental illness disability payments. However ... be sure to have someone else file the claim ... if you can file .. you ain't crazy ... yet. :laughing:

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I thought that was Illinois, Jim.

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ConnieS wrote:
I thought that was Illinois, Jim.


Could be Illinois as well ... you know how it is with those Govt. programs! ;)

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 Post subject: Re: New Whistle
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I, too, am looking forward to hearing the low F, Megan. Enjoy! Burkes are so nice.

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Tonight my husband and I took my penny whistles and his bass and played with our pastor on guitar. It sounded great! This was the first time I played any of my whistles with anyone else and I can't believe how nice it sounded and how fun it was! If we keep practicing we should have a pretty good mix of hymns to play on Sundays. I never knew how much fun it was to play together! I've been so shy. Alaskans don't seem to know what a penny whistle is and often tease me when I suggest playing in church. I guess they won't make fun now!


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Megan S wrote:
Tonight my husband and I took my penny whistles and his bass and played with our pastor on guitar. It sounded great! This was the first time I played any of my whistles with anyone else and I can't believe how nice it sounded and how fun it was! If we keep practicing we should have a pretty good mix of hymns to play on Sundays. I never knew how much fun it was to play together! I've been so shy. Alaskans don't seem to know what a penny whistle is and often tease me when I suggest playing in church. I guess they won't make fun now!


I'm delighted to read this. Well done and keep it up. =D> =D> =D> =D>


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 Post subject: Re: New Whistle
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Adrian wrote:
Megan S wrote:
Tonight my husband and I took my penny whistles and his bass and played with our pastor on guitar. It sounded great! This was the first time I played any of my whistles with anyone else and I can't believe how nice it sounded and how fun it was! If we keep practicing we should have a pretty good mix of hymns to play on Sundays. I never knew how much fun it was to play together! I've been so shy. Alaskans don't seem to know what a penny whistle is and often tease me when I suggest playing in church. I guess they won't make fun now!


I'm delighted to read this. Well done and keep it up. =D> =D> =D> =D>


Me, too! You go, girl!!! :thumbsup: =D> =D> :thumbsup:

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In my recent visit with Mike burke at his booth at the Dublin Festival I played them all. I liked the A and C. The F was very nice but I have a nice Alba F. The Eb was also very nice but tend to like Eb. It was a lot of fun.

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 Post subject: Re: New Whistle
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Megan, Congratulations!
If the finger holes are "almost too far" on that low F, try some finger stretches. People think I'm insane, but I do them to reach the final hole on my Burke Bb easily. Before playing, take two knuckles of the opposing hand, and put them in between the fingers to be stretched apart (at the middle knuckle). Gently force those fingers apart, keeping your fingertips curled all the way in. Hold for about 20 seconds, and release. Waala! You can now more easily reach the toneholes! The more you do this, the easier it is. Don't push too hard!

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 Post subject: Re: New Whistle
PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:39 am 
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I have a Burke Low G that rarely get's played.
I opt to play the the Low G Kerry Pro Chieftain. It may not be quite pitched to a tuner, however... I love the breathiness to it and plays like the Overton.

I would love to have a tunable F Overton someday.
Donno how much I would be playing in the key of F tho.
The only problem with the Overton... is you have to get them good and warmed up to ya.

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I just gtot back from the MD Ren Fest. I bought a brass Gen Bb that is just wonderful. It has a very strong low end. It will be great as soon as I get used to the finger spacing. I have a brass and a nickel Gen Bb but neither of them is as good as this one.

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 Post subject: Re: New Whistle
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RonKiley wrote:
I just gtot back from the MD Ren Fest. I bought a brass Gen Bb that is just wonderful. It has a very strong low end. It will be great as soon as I get used to the finger spacing. I have a brass and a nickel Gen Bb but neither of them is as good as this one.


I have four Gen Bb whistles and they all sound slightly different. They are all great but one is an absolute corker. :thumbsup:


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