- Ornamentation playable on a whistle includes
Cuts, Rolls, Bends, Trills, Vibrato, and many others. It's what makes the music that
you're playing unique, and gives it a style all its own. You can see some details about
ornamentation in our Online Tutorial.
There are so many choices - metal vs. wood - brass
vs. nickel, plastic vs. aluminum - how do I choose?
- Again, it really just boils down to personal
preference. One advantage is that there is a wide variety available at a very low price.
You can buy a number of excellent whistles without putting out a lot of money. Here are
some very general statements about materials (these vary greatly from whistle to whistle,
so please don't use this as a "written-in-stone" guideline):
Brass - Softer tone
Nickel - Brighter tone
Wood - Softer (often
Aluminum - Many different makes
available, so sound varies greatly. Generally a very good material for whistles.
ABS Plastic - Nice round sound.
Many traditional players have not accepted plastic yet, but there are some excellent
plastic whistles out there. Susato is now making a very reasonable priced ABS Low D
Whistle that plays extremely well. Plastic is probably about the most durable material to
make a whistle out of, and holds up well - even in your back pocket!
Tin with a plastic mouthpiece -
Happy, round sound
Tin with a wooden fipple -
Breathy, flute-like quality