The lost art of whistling

whistlingPeople don’t whistle anymore. My father was a great whistler, like most Italian men of his generation, I think. Dad was also a great singer, he used to sing all the time (he also loved opera, this is why I know many arias for tenor and none for female voices) but his real passion was whistling. He produced a clear, melodic and modulating sound that mimicked perfectly and often improved a song, from start to finish. I can still see him in front of the bathroom mirror whistling while shaving.

Today whistling is much less common, that’s why the other day I was taken aback when I heard a man whistling behind me. He was whistling like my Dad used to do: an entire song, modulated and harmonious, whistling with gusto and unconcerned with the people around him. I was not surprised when I turned and I saw that the man, in his forties, wore a tweed jacket and a fedora hat, just like I had imagined him.

I miss whistling and I don’t know why it has fallen into disuse.

People don’t whistle as they used to. I miss whistling and I don’t know why it has fallen into disuse. Just think about it: when was the last time that you heard someone whistling a song or, even better, when was the last time that you whistled one? Can you whistle at all? Have you ever tried with an entire song? I did, yesterday, and I was disappointed at how difficult it is to keep a clear, crystalline sound. I am a passable singer but my whistling of Capinera (one of my dad’s favourite shaving songs) was less than average.

Well, I’m here to help you improving your whistling skills. Here you’ll find a complete guide to whistling, with three different techniques, concentrate on the first type because that’s the one for the clean, crystalline whistling of songs. I know that the world will be a better place, if we whistle more. How I know it? Because it’s impossible to whistle if you are in a bad mood.

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