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Whistle Tutorial - Lesson 1.3


Making a Noise

Say "tapsalteerie" and feel where your tongue goes when you say the tee sound. Now say too or tuh, and then say it without making the sound in your mouth. Say it onto the palm of your hand and feel how there's a sudden blast of air produced after the "t". This is what we need to do before each note, and it's called tonguing. Later on we'll learn that the best way to play is a mixture of tonguing and not tonguing, but for now, every note will be tongued. THE TONGUE STARTS THE NOTE.

Our First Notes

Start again with your left hand covering the top three holes. Blow a steady stream of air through the whistle, firm but not too strong. You'll soon learn the right strength to blow. This note is called G.

Now play three G notes. Saying tuh-tuh-tuh will help you make the right shapes with your tongue.

gab.gif - 4KbNext take your ring finger off the third hole down so that you're covering the top two holes of the whistle. Again, blow a steady note. This note is called A. Play three A notes in a row, remembering to say tuh-tuh-tuh. Experiment with going from two fingers down (the A note) to three fingers down (the G note) and back and forth.

Finally take another finger off so that you're now just covering the top hole. Blow the note; this note is called B. Blow three B notes in a row. Experiment for a while going from B to A, from A to G and back again.

You have just played your first three notes - well done!


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