The Questions People Ask a Whistlemaker
Misha Somerville answers questions often asked about an unusual and incredible profession.
An mk whistle is bold re-imagination of the beautifully simple and humble musical instrument - the tin whistle. A great musical 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.
We all connect to music because of the emotion it carries or induces in us.
Exquisite musical instruments have been cherished for many millenia and the process of the crafting such instruments is a revered and respected profession, often considered to be a black art.
The musician or aspiring learner gets back so much more with an instrument that is a joy to play. With Violins the difference between 'ok' and 'exquisite' is many tens of thousands of dollars, with whistles we are very fortunate where 'the best' may only cost a little more, but will come to life under your fingers.
Unfortunately, we live in an age of plastic. The production processes for plastic are cheaper and allow mass scale reproduction, but we will often find more finely created items are made in metals, wood or fine fabrics which often last longer also. Of course, because these materials are harder to work with, it is more difficult to craft the desired object, but this is what separates good from great.
We know all about this because we have been through the process - there are no short cuts. We don't use any corner cutting processes - there is no moulding or bending which causes material to spring back. It's just down to cutting metal, which is never the easiest of thigs to do, and, the precision or our processes which we have evolved through time.
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.
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.