Ever wish you could whistle better?

March 9, 2006

Whistling Records devotes itself to making recordings of famous whistlers, many of which are out of print. Visit their website if you need more whistling in your life.

If you’d like to learn how to whistle, why not learn from a master. Max Gilstrap was once a ranger in Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Parks and entertained audiences all over the United States with his beautiful bird imitations and vivid descriptions of nature’s magnificent wonders.


One of the more important whistling artists is “Brother Bones” or Freeman Davis. His performance of “Sweet Georgia Brown” will make ya wanna whistle.

Brother Bones

Why stop there? Here is “The Whistling Farmboy” originally from a Columbia 78 LP called “The Fillmore Band.”

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Brad Wood March 9, 2006 at 6:17 pm

Whistling is wonderful. I have always been pretty good at it, although it is “a small instrument” as they say ;-o.

On rare occasions when I would play one or another instrument in front of an ex-friend/composer, if it wasn’t totally wretched he would usually say “You’ve been practicing!” But the only time he didn’t was when I would be whistling along with something—I guess with the implication that you didn’t practice whistling.

Roger Bourland March 9, 2006 at 11:01 pm

I never thought of whistling as an instrument. I know what lips are like filters for the voice, and help shape the tone of the speaking voice, and in whistling, along with the tongue, they are pitch changers.

I’m a pretty good whistler, but never had one of those shrill whistles that carry a great distance.

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