Can you whistle?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by andalusia, Jan 4, 2012.

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Can you whistle?

  1. Yes, I can whistle a tune.

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  2. Yes, but only a random note, not a tune.

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  3. No, I cannot whistle.

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  1. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Random question I know, but I've been able to whistle for as long as I can remember, and I was just thinking about it. I don't recall anybody teaching me how to do so, and I find it quite remarkable that people just learn or figure out how to whistle without any advice or instructions necessary.

    This led me to wonder how many people can and can't whistle, and what the general percentage of people who can whistle is.

    So, simply, can you whistle?
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    I can whistle, however my other half cannot. Have tried teaching, but it seems she cannot quite get it.
     
  3. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Never used to be able to, then I could... now I can't again. :(
     
  4. sammich macrumors 601

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  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I couldn't whistle until I was in ... 8th grade, I think. It used to drive me crazy, and I was so excited when I finally figured it out. :eek:

    I never did manage the kind of really loud whistle that uses one's fingers.
     
  6. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I couldn't whistle until post-college. Self taught.
     
  7. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Here's one of my favourite examples of quality musical whistling.
     
  8. Caliber26 macrumors 68000

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    I couldn't help but click when I saw this thread!

    In short, yes, I can whistle, but it wasn't until about 15 months ago that I was finally able to make some horrendous sound that technically counts as a whistle. Man, was I excited. Finally, after a 29 years of watching everyone else do it, I, too, was "one of them". These days, I just make my horrendous sounds at random moments and it seems to annoy the **** out of everyone. :D

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    LOL, I'm right there with you...it drove me insane!! Only difference is that it took me 29 years to figure it out.
     
  9. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    <Needs work.> Try the shower, that's where people learn to "sing".

    I learned by trying to imitate a whistling kettle in my Grand-Mother's kitchen.

    Can you whistle breathing in? ;) I can, but in much shorter bursts.

    :D
     
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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  12. the-oz-man macrumors 6502

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    Yes I can and my life goals were learning to whistle the Devil Went Down to Georgia and the Lone Ranger Theme. Finally, after a couple years of practice, I pulled it off.
     
  13. mscriv macrumors 601

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    Yes, I can whistle. My father grew up on a farm and whistling was actually a form of communication while out in the field. Growing up he used whistling to get our attention when outside or in a crowded place. When I was growing up people would let their children play out in the neighborhood and if he needed me to come home he would simply whistle. Yes, he has the ability to whistle very loud. :D

    I guess since that is how I was raised I see nothing wrong with whistling to get people's attention. My wife hates it and says it's rude. She says you whistle to call a dog, not other people. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I don't find it disrespectful at all. I think it's much more rude to shout or yell at someone as opposed to just giving a quick whistle. I also think it's quite effective as no one else generally does it. As a kid when I heard a whistle I knew that was my dad and he needed me to listen up. :)
     
  14. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    I couldn't whistle until I was 11 or 12 because my sister is a very bad whistling teacher :p The way she places her lips is totally different from the way I place mine.

    I can whistle both when inhaling and exhaling. Thus I can whistle long sequences of quick notes without having to stop to get more air.
     
  15. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    What an extraordinarily interesting idea for a thread. Fascinated, intrigued, I had to click and see what the responses were.

    Whistling is one of those skills - when you are a child - along with being able to nonchalantly click or snap your fingers - that seems both irresistible yet almost impossible to learn.

    Anyway, OP, I can do both and learned (to my immense and gratified satisfaction) to do so as a child. Now, I never said that I did them particularly well; these days, I'm probably a better finger-snapper than whistler (as an adult in a classroom of almost adults the former skill - inexplicably - seems to be used that bit more........)

    Cheers
     
  16. zigzagg321 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, and people are often like, "where did you learn to whistle?" I don't remember when or where, I just know I can do it, breath in or out and almost any tune I hear.
     
  17. renewed macrumors 68040

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    I can whistle a tune, do some bird calls and hang out with construction crews on the streets of New York.
     
  18. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I just always thought everyone could whistle. Eye opener!
     
  19. SDub90 macrumors 6502a

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    I can whistle only while inhaling.
     
  20. renewed macrumors 68040

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    That's how I used to be. I'm not sure at what age it changed (probably 14-15) but it does help do some cool whistles now since I can do it both ways.
     
  21. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    No I can't. But then again, I've never tried to learn just like I never learned to swim or ski even though I live in Colorado. A few people have looked shocked when I said I never skied.
     
  22. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    Here's a simple lesson in how to whistle from Lauren Bacall. I love the classics.
     
  23. Cboss macrumors 6502

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    People from out of the state are always shocked that I don't ski/snowboard either (although I have skied a couple times on school trips). Everyone seems to forget that half the state is flat.

    As for whistling, I can whistle fairly well but not any of the super loud ones some people can do.
     
  24. steviem macrumors 68020

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    I can whistle and whistle a tune, but I can't whistle loudly by putting fingers in my mouth... Just like I can't make sounds with my armpit...
     
  25. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Yep, both by pushing air out and sucking it in. I can whistle a tune but no guarantees that it is in tune....
     

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