Why can't I whistle ?
Post on 21-Jan-2017
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Frank can shake his ears, but Max cant wink. There are all sorts of quirky traits and actions that most people can do when others cannot. Could whistling be just one of them ?
Mixed responses from people :To some, whistling came effortlessly but to some it doesnt come right even after practice
Carefree, casual &fun-loving attitude
Just sitting around humming
Signaling to your friend
Calling a cab!
Hitting high notes and tones
Rude to whistleindoors
Superstitous with whistling at
Associated with eve
teasing and rowdiness
Science behind it
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WHY CANT I
part frustration , part curiosity
A complex but natural task
Previously ignored as one of those things I just couldnt do, I took it upon myself to learn how to whistle. However, after 2 months of trying, annoying my friends and creeping out strangers in public and still failing ,I decided to do some quick research and find out more about this silly problem, the design way.
a day long discovery
by Rajasi Rastogi
The shape of the tongue, teeth and roof of the mouth determine the sound produced when air flows through the mouth. Since every persons jaw structure is different, so is there ability to whistle.
so all the illustrations, videos, maybe even lessons, just dont work !
Whistling has different connotations in different countries.
In an effort to understand how people learn to whistle, I asked 30 people whether or not they could whistle.
It is aCultural Thing
I am not the only one
11 out of 30 people I asked couldnt whistle
...but wheres the fun in knowing that ?
A personal thing
A rehearsed habit or a natural trait ?
IMPACT OF PHONESNow we call an Uber with an app instead of hailing a cab, a mom texts her son, who has earphones in,to come down for dinner.Whistling, what once used to be a rite of passage has now become a lost art.
In Kuskoy, a remote mountain village in Turkey, villagers still communicate across valleys by whistling.
Did you know ? I didnt...
Curious about the interesting relationship between the two, I asked those who could whistle whether they ever owned a pet in their childhood, specifically a dog.
Still not sure whether I have the answer, but maybe this will help
To be continued...Drop me a line if you are a master whistler, trainer, or just like me, want to know why on earth is this still a mystery
Three types of whistling
Ways to learn
With mouth With fingers With tongue
Growing up in India, I was always told it was un-ladylike for girls to whistle.
Could this be why I didnt try hard enough before?
Just managed to do it one day
Never came naturally to me
Tried for months but still couldnt
Could do it when I was a kid, notanymore
My whole family can whistle, only I cant
Could do at some point, but then I had braces and now I cant whistle even if my life depended on it.
Taught myself how to whistle, took a
lot of practice
Practiced till got it
Naturally learnt it Gave up after first try
Tried alot but failed
Have had a dog / petCan whistle
I can even whistle songs
* starts whistling*
It became a habit, my body developed it
as a muscle Dont remember how and
Whislted to my dog all the time
These were some of their responses
Russia Japan India
Cant whistle Can Whistle
No technology can replace it. Ever
Get more practice without knowing it
Accepted across all cultures
Not awkard in public and noone minds
Perhaps this is why...
Practice More Get a dog ? Just wait...
12 of 20 people who could whistle , also had a dog or another pet in their childhood !
When asked, Can you whistle ? most people curled up their mouth, regardless of whether they could whistle or not. It was a very automatic, intuitive reaction to the question!