Been playing the whistle for ~25 years. Have various whistles - a Copeland low D, a Michael Burke low C, lots of Goldies and Phil Hardy whistles + some tin whistles.
Can’t play any of them. Well, i can - up to a point. Even with the Copeland which is pretty forgiving, i have clogging problems, usually within the first 1 min of playing a tune. So i can’t get through a set. Tried playing softer, louder, harder. Nothing helps.
Even with my new whistle (the Burke low C) which hasn’t had time to get filthy and has a gaping huge windway its impossible. Tried playing through when it starts to clog up, it gets more and more like having to shout into it, and ramp the pressure up to force a note through, sounds worse and worse.
With the Goldies, i’ve given up. They evidently don’t suit me, with their reed-thin mouthpieces, and their aluminium which corrodes, and the backpressure. Fine whistles, its my fault.
(i guess the aluminium Burke low C will become even more unplayable as the aluminium corrodes?)
I’m not sure why. I think i’m very wet-breathing? I also get nervous. I wonder though if there’s something i’m missing. (seems simple enough: Put into mouth and blow. Harder for upper octave, softer for lower…) I mostly taiught myself to play, then attended folkworks summer schools each year. Maybe theres something fundamental i’m doing wrong. People on here talk about back-pressure and stuff, i honestly have no idea what they’re on about.
pointless. perhaps i just wasn’t meant to play the whistle.