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Aug. 5th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
yay Jesuits!

good for you, teppy :)
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Aug. 7th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
LOL. The pipes of Araby. :)
Aug. 5th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure what an Irish whistle was when you mentioned it. I like the sound of it.
Aug. 6th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
that is pretty cool - I got an Indian flute at a festival once, but the only sound I could ever play was "smoke on the water" which my friends thought was hysterical on the ride home

Aug. 6th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
It was good to see you smiling and talking to us. Have you seen Mei-Mei with Steve on the netcam recently? I hope Mei-Mei understands that you are still "with her" via the netcam as best she is able.

I never did get the hang of any type flute or whistle and didn't realize it took a lot of lung power. I know from what Charles tells me that the trumpet requires a strong set of lungs. As for me, I'll just plunk along on my guitar.

God's peace.
Aug. 6th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
I just saw Steve and Mei-Mei on the webcam a couple of hours ago. She makes him sleep on the couch, then lies on his chest and talks to him. It makes it hard to sleep.
Aug. 6th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC)
That sounds so precious ♥. It sounds like Mei-Mei has control of Steve and the house :)

I know how kitties can be from them laying on my chest. I'd love to see her talking to Steve but I've had my own talk to me.

I'll make a post tomorrow about my Miss Whiskers who went to the vet last week.
There was not good news and I didn't want to write about it at the time.

Angel has been waiting on the deck for me for the last several nights. His 3 week or so episode of tom-catting evidently came to an end so now he's back :)
On the other hand I haven't seen the little black & white kitty in about 2 weeks or more. I hope she hasn't been killed on the road. I hope someone took her in as adorable as she was.

You looked good on the video; hang in there. You make a wonderful Desert Mother even if you are carrying a rifle :) You are in my prayers.
Aug. 6th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
Not carrying a rifle actually; it got turned in to the arms room on day 3!

:( about Miss Whiskers.
Aug. 7th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Congrats on starting a new musical practice--one that will be practical for where you're at.

I have the same whistle. It's relatively cheap, and in the right key for the majority of Irish music. Which means that lots of common note sequences only take moving one or two fingers in simple patterns. Find some jigs that you like, and experiment with them a little; you'll probably find a couple of tunes to be very playable, and sound more impressive than you'd think would be possible at a beginning skill level.

The details about fingering and wind pressure I first ran into with a cheap plastic recorder, and the Clarke is a little more forgiving. But yeah, covering a hole really means forcefully making sure no wily air escapes, for every hole that gets covered. When I was practicing with it, it almost felt like whack-a-mole with fingering.
Aug. 8th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
If you go to YouTube and type in tinwhistle lessons, the first hits you get are Ryan Duns SJ, who actually teaches Irish Tinwhistle as a college-level class at Fordham University. That's the course I'm doing.

Whack-a-Mole is about the best description for what you do with a whistle that I've heard yet.
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
I'm just incredulous at how much your cartoon avatars look like you. :)
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