The Questions People Ask a Whistlemaker
Misha Somerville answers questions often asked about an unusual and incredible profession.
Amusical instrument is an object of magic. It has another dimension which you can access, transcending time and place and allowing the imagination to run free. It can be an instrument of solitude, or of togetherness, healing, meditation, celebration, expression, and of connection.
The Callanish Stones, Isle of Lewis, Scotland. Photo: Dougie Cunningam Leading lines.
The stresses and strains of modern life can sometimes lead to a soulless existence. Listening, playing and creating music for many around the world is a tonic, adding colour and vibrancy that connects you to people, your culture, your soul and a way of life.
An mk Low whistle is an instrument to transport you into a magical altered state of heightened creative connectivity and free-flowing expression. Its creation is a product of a craft combining art, science and engineering, but it lives its life in a place where your desires and imagination meet. It is humble, elegant, capable, timeless and limitless - your own magic carpet to fly on the universe's vibrations.
In today’s hectic world there might be no finer way to unwind and give your mind a break than to pick up an instrument and play some music. Countless scientific studies have shown the benefits that start from the moment you begin learning. It has been proven to relive stress, reduce anxiety, improve focus and cognitive function including brain plasticity. Most importantly, however, it’s fun!
The whistle is a simple, humble, robust and portable musical instrument - take it anywhere! Although it is a capable musical instrument which takes years to master, many people can play their first tune after one practice session.
Playing whistle is free from rules and constraints. The beauty is how playing whistle has remained free from rules - technique has not been 'formalised' like on some musical instruments and there aren't any associations or governing bodies deciding how things should be done 'properly'. This is perhaps why in many places it is one of the strongest bearers of authentic local culture.