Tuesday, March 20, 2007

stupid and totally random question...

How do we know how to whistle?

Seriously, I thought about this today in the car when I was waiting for a long-ass train to pass. I was whistling along to the Bangles and all of a sudden I thought, "How the hell do I know how to do this? How do I know how where to put my tongue in order to make the different notes? Are there people who can't whistle?"

Is it like singing? It seems different...

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At 10:33 PM, Blogger Perinteger said...

I actually remember teaching myself how to whistle, as a kid. I spent at least a few weeks (and possibly longer) trying to figure out the correct way to curl my tongue for the desired effect. I never was able to figure out whistling with my fingers....

 
At 10:37 PM, Blogger medieval woman said...

That's cool! I have no memory of this...although I do remember teaching my little cousin how to blow bubbles with bubblegum...

 
At 1:22 AM, Blogger a contemporary said...

I also remember learning. For the longest time I could only whistle by breathing inward, which isn't very effective.

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger Pilgrim/Heretic said...

I was about to write exactly what perinteger said. I remember struggling to figure it out, and being so frustrated until I got the hang of it! I can't do the finger-whistle, either, although I can whistle and hum at the same time.

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger medieval woman said...

Okay, now that's cool, P/H - there's no way I could hum and whistle at the same time. And Contemp., if I'm whistling for a particularly long time, I also whistle backwards when I'm taking a breath!

 
At 3:11 AM, Blogger Morganlf said...

I have another question -- how do we know how to snap? I can't...in fact...I snap backwards because I have a super-duper double-jointed thumb...

strange indeed!!

 
At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have tried for years to learn how to whistle - my dad whistled beautifully, especially classical music. But I can't do it at all, not even breathing in. I can, however, finger whistle. Odd, no?

 
At 6:24 PM, Blogger Dr. Crazy said...

Coming to this late, but I can't whistle. I *could* whistle before I lost my two front teeth - my grandfather taught me how - and then, I lost it. Now, when I try to whistle, all that comes out is one sad note.

My aunts on my dad's side taught me how to snap. They also taught me how to do the hustle. They were teenagers, and it was the 1970s :)

 
At 11:30 PM, Blogger psychgrad said...

I distinctly recall being taught in grade 1. It must have been significant at the time because I remember the moment to this day.

 

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