whistle - side of the mouth

whistle - side of the mouth

I’m just starting to play the whistle and I’ve noticed that many people angle the whistle to one side of their mouth while playing and I was wondering if there was a reason for this.

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I think some people just find it more comfortable and it helps keep it out of the way of their tongue (or vice-versa).

Personally I tend to play it straight on.

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It’s to stop the condensation dribbling onto your lap, by re-directing it onto the lap of the person beside you.

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I’m wondering if there’s any benefit to controlling airflow by angling the whistle. I’ve noticed that on two inexpensive whistles, my Generation Folk Brass and my Walton Little Black D, I can control the lower D note and not have it break as easily when I angle the whistle… but I don’t know if that’s a real benefit or something I’m imagining.

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Imagination. Dribbling onto neighbours lap is the only advantage.

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I tend to play my Susato whistle a bit crooked, because I can make the tone less plasticky that way somehow. I suppose that by letting some air escape out the side of the blowhole, I am creating an embochure… but not being a fluter, I really don’t know anything about that. I just know it takes a lot more air that way, and if I play too long I start to see stars.

Otherwise, I suppose others do it because it looks jaunty and devil-may-care.

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I find myself anglng the whistle sometimes .. I think it’s a postural thing. Got nothing to do with technique.

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Flute players often feel more comfortable moving it a bit to the side
because they are used to fingering that way. It has no effect on the
sound.

However if your style of playing has a lot of tonguing in it, you’d do better
to keep it centred. for better control of that.

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They just want to be one of the ‘cool’ kids.

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I know a guy who does it sometimes to hear better what he’s doing when he’s not sure about the tune, or that’s what he says anyway. Very exageratedly so it looks funny.

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It’s so they can drink with the other side.

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And smoke with the middle.

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To hear better in a noisy session I nod my head and lean forward.
Maybe I need to buy one of those posh aluminum whistles to make more
of a racket. On fiddle I press my ear to the fiddle; it’s a bad way to play though

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I am one of those who plays from the side of the mouth. I never noticed anybody else doing it. I think it is actually a disadvantage from a breathing and vibrato stand point. Good whistle players can vibrate their cheeks (their face cheeks, so there is no confusion) rapidly to aid in some breathing/sound techniques. I picked up the habit by first playing saxophone as a youngster. Proper form with saxophone is to have the mouth piece in the side of your mouth.

BTW…my wife has asked that I exclaim my love for her….and not just the whistle and/or Irish music, so here is goes…I….I…L…Love Irish music…I mean…I Love my wife.

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Petey - I dunno who your sax teacher was, but that is wrong.
You might see some famous old jazzer with the mouthpiece going
that way but it is not something to imitate.

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Playing to the side gives a breathier, more flute-like tone. I much prefer it (except when playing slides, when I prefer the sharper, cut-through type of sound).

Odhu ntinggo

Max

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I came upon this thread after noticing a very good player I sometimes play with playing out of the side of the mouth. Interesting change. A warning: if you try playing way out of the side of your mouth, be prepared to be temporarily deafened in that ear. I don’t know how piccolo players keep their hearing!