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Q= is a bitchpipe required to tune the whistle?
Well the obvious answer (which means probably wrong) is that we do not know the notes. Our brain doesn't think, "Hey that was an A+ followed by a C". Rather we are mimicking the sounds, just as we would attempt to mimic any other sound, such as a bird call.
As a non-whistler and (as everyone else thinks) a non-singer, I cannot speak especially from personal experience. However, even though I'm told my singing is not pleasant, I have got a musical ear and can remember tunes and then sing them at least roughly in tune. Even I don't like the results. I think most people have the capacity to remember music, especially at an early age, and it is interesting that this capacity is one that lasts into old age so that even people with quite severe dementia can often sing along with a melody. So musical memory is the first requirement. If you have any sort of musical ear so that you can hear if a note is in tune (even if roughly) then you can ultimately train your voice (or whistle) to match a tune being played or a remembered tune. Unless you have absolute pitch you may only remember the relative note changes rather than the absolute frequencies; absolute pitch maybe a genetic trait or a learnt ability, or maybe a bit of both, I'm not sure. So like any other skill, how good you are is a combination of genetics and learning. When you get good at it you can hear a note and then sing or whistle it because you can tell, in advance, how to set your voice (or shape your lips) to get close to the note you want to hit. Any adjustment for precision may not be noticeable or may even be utilsed for effect (as in a vibrato).
You can unlearn it too. I used to be able to do a really good owl hooting impersonation by cupping my hands and blowing between my thumbs, but I can't do it anymore. I realize this has absolutely nothing to do with the topic, but I thought this fascinating fact should be recorded for scientific posterior.
tone deaflessness? Q= can we whistle a perfect C or is it just "close enuff"? Q= is a bitchpipe required to tune the whistle?
Quote from: CZARCAR on 06/03/2012 19:50:49Q= is a bitchpipe required to tune the whistle?I refuse to answer that on the grounds that it might incriminate me.
Thanks Gordy !...Then this leads me to wonder how we are able to mimic in tune ?...I know I can replicate the tune in my mind but the transference from mind to action is fascinating !
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What does it sound like now ?..An owl farting ?
For some strange reason, 'er indoors will s i n g along (I use the term 'sing' so loose, its falling apart) to something being played on the radio. Not only is she totally out of tune, but she also gets the words all wrong.Its a bit like singing along to 'My Old Man's a Dustman' with the words to 'The Lambeth Walk' and 'How much is that Doggy in the Window' all jumbled together to the tune of 'Hearts of Oak' in "A" flat major, "B" sharp and "D" minor. Its enough to make you wish you were deaf.So I naturally ask "Can you whistle?" I'm afraid the answer to that is an emphatic "NO". Any such attempt end's up going all over the place. I'm not sure which is worse.Got any ear plugs anybody?
Quote from: neilep on 07/03/2012 04:54:48Thanks Gordy !...Then this leads me to wonder how we are able to mimic in tune ?...I know I can replicate the tune in my mind but the transference from mind to action is fascinating !The REAL question is does one do it of one's own free will!
..Free will ?....someone should start a thread about that ? 
Dearest Whistlers and other fine English artists,As a sheepy I of course get wolf-whsitled all the time by fine filly's and hoards of admiring females !...It's a burden I know but ..well..it comes with celebrity !Look, here's Archibald Reg Arbuthnot Esq [ Invalid Attachment ] Archibald Reg Arbuthnot Esq Whistling Just Years Ago When The World Was Black & WhiteArchy is one of the original Whistlers. He whistled in a time when the world was black and white !..so..ewe can see that whistling has been around for at least 60 years !....and that's a long time !However, what ewe can't tell is the wonderful melody that Archy is whistling !..my my...it's quite a tune !So, how come we can whistle in tune ?...I realise that there are peeps who can't whistle or are terrible at whistling but how do we intuitively know the "notes" that create the sound we want when whistling ?phweeeee phweee-eeeeeeee !!Hugs and shmishesmwah mwah mwahneilA Librarian Should Not Whistle While They Workxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Quote from: neilep on 08/03/2012 05:08:42 ..Free will ?....someone should start a thread about that ? Never mind a thread, I've hit on the idea of a film. Something about a captive big fish or whale named Richard, set free by some freckle faced little pain in the *^~$.I'l call the film 'Free Dicky'.Or maybe the whale should have another name more befitting a marine giant, like 'Zing'. Anyone got any better suggestions?
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I had no idea you were so out of focus, Sheepy! You should get this looked into.
Quote from: Don_1 on 08/03/2012 09:39:08Are ewe whistling a happy tune sheepy? [ Invalid Attachment ] lol...it IS a beautiful day ! Is there a big wave coming ?...good job I'm a natural flotation device !