‘Great whistle players can make ANY whistle sound amazing’ - myth?
I got to thinking about this the last couple of days. It is always thrown in to debates I notice to anyone who says they dislike the sound of their whistle.
Well there is another nugget that is always thrown around (in different settings) that seems to disprove this ‘magical hands’ theory and that is that these same people (lamenting the old timers) always say how ‘back the the day we used to try hundreds of whistles until we found a good one’!
If it were really true that anything the ‘pro’ whistlers touched turned to aural gold then they would simply pick up the first whistle that they came across and make sweet lovin to it no?
But I imagine even they would have been partial to the conveyer belt technique til they hit a good one since it sounds like it was a very endemic practice back then and these tricks usually come from the greats first anyway and trickle down to the ‘common folk’.
I am sure that an expert could get more out of a duff whistle than a beginner but that would be true of any whistle good or bad.