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Amen or "Oh Me!"
Ever hear a preacher tell the congregation to say: "Amen" or "Oh Me" ? It's just the way preachers will say that whether or not you agree with what he just said; it's still true.
Here's one for you: Do you whistle? If not, start!! Your "whistle" is your best instrument! It's way better than your harmonica, because it's hardwired directly into your true, present musical creativity, regardless of the quality of your whistling tone or articulation skills.You can't fake your musical ability with your whistle. You can't add digital effects in your noggin to make your whistling sound better. Whistling is our personal, brutally honest "Simon Cowell" who's quick to tell us about how good we really are without written music or back-up tracks. Unless you're a great vocalist, your whistle is the absolute apex of your musical ability. It holds your best timing, creativity and phrasing, even if your whistling tone leaves a lot to be desired. Your whistle is completely unhindered by, and oblivious to, the stuff that drives harmonica players crazy, (bent slides and/or buzzing/ sticking wind savers and so on) so we're without excuses. Our "whistle" is our absolute personal, custom made Stradivarius.
Here's an off the wall the example: Next time you get out of the shower, loose the towel, totally relax every muscle in your glorious naked body, and look at yourself in a full length mirror. WYSIWYG! More accurately, WYSIWYI: "What You See Is What You Is! :) Sure we could suck it all in, put our shoulders back, tip our pelvis, and tighten every muscle in our bodies, but that only lasts a few seconds, and then we "Slouch" back to the reality of what we really are. A new reality can of course be obtained with some exercise. (well actually a lot of exercise :) Then, adding dietary and lifestyle changes which, depending on our age and health factors, can sometimes allow us to be that guy we "pumped up" in the mirror, but the reality is that the majority of us will always be that guy above just after he dropped the towel; like we are right now. ;o) Alas! It's only real, if its still it's there while you're not even trying to make it happen.
Whistling is like that. Our whistling ability is an absolutely reliable, real time window to our M.Q. "Musical Quotient" like looking in that mirror when we're relaxed. We don't have to suck anything in to fool ourselves, just whistle. Any melody, phrasing, improvisation we are able to whistle (or even almost whistle, if we don't whistle well) will NEVER exceed our total MQ (or musical potential would be another good way to describe it.) At any given time, you're only as good as your whistle. Fooling yourself to think otherwise, is holding your stomach in, and taking a selfie to post on the internet!
Working on a construction job back in my twenties, I was whistling a tune. The guys on the crew knew I played harmonica. This old black guy named London asked me: "But can ya PLAY dat same "stuff" you whistlin' on dat mouth organ of yours?" After thinking about it a bit, it made me feel like a total amateur cuz I had to say: "Nope!" It still makes me feel that way! Whistling has a way of humbling us :o) We all whistle several times better than we play, (that's the law) and our whistling abilities will automatically improve in geometric proportions to our instrumental abilities, so it will always be better. (that's another law) Whistling is simply a great example of "plan and design." Knowing this, I'm personally attempting to use my whistling (which is pretty good BTW) to further my instrumental abilities, rather than settle for the comfort level automatically afforded me by any instrument I happen to be playing.
Go on! Give it a shot!
And Make a Joyful Noise!