The Five-Fold Path to Finger-Assisted Whistling Mastery
1. Make an “okay” symbol by forming a circle with your index finger and thumb
2. Lick your lips and open your mouth.
3. Bring your fingers up to your opened mouth. Place the bottom side tip of your tongue against the okay ring in the area where your thumb and index finger meet. Push firmly against your fingers with your tongue.
4. Close your lips around the previously formed finger/tongue assembly while leaving a small hole, the blowhole, between your bottom lip and the inside of the “okay” ring. The blowhole is extremely critical. It’s where the big noise is born and the annoyance begins. Every other area around the blowhole must be sealed and airtight. The blowhole can be the only conduit out for your whistle-making air.
5. Start blowing.
At first, all you’ll hear is a bunch of moving air. The magic happens when you have just the right combination of the following factors:
The tension of your lower lip.
The moisture on your lips and fingers.
The amount of pressure between your tongue and your fingers.
The size of your blowhole.
The volume of air moving through your blowhole.
Since everyone’s anatomy is different, it’s impossible for me to tell you exactly what to do at this point. Getting these five things right takes time and practice. Sometimes it happens in an hour, sometimes a couple of days.
Just keep at it and make adjustments until you begin to hear what sounds like an F-18 idling on the deck of a Nimitz class aircraft carrier. When you hear that, you’ll know you’re very close. Continue making subtle adjustments and pretty soon a whistle will pop out. The feeling of accomplishment and pride you will feel is indescribable!
With a bit more practice, you’ll be able to keep that whistle going even at maximum air pressure. That’s the beauty of this finger-assisted whistling technique. The more air pressure, the louder the whistle. It won’t be overpowered by excessive blowing.
Again, heed my words of caution. Your new whistle can bring you both attention and respect, or scorn and condemnation, depending on how and when it’s employed. Use your whistle only after you’ve forewarned others, unless your goal is to scare or stun them or to save your own life.
Be careful with your hearing, too. I have to hold back to prevent temporarily deafening myself or passing out from pushing too hard. Unfortunately, my ears are still ringing from shooting the pictures for this my first blog entry.