3 Easy Ways to Whistle With Your Tongue
How to Whistle
Whistling can be as simple as 1-2-3, but it can take a few tries before you produce a sound. With the right technique and a little practice, though, you’ll be whistling in no time.
Whistling With Your Lips
Pucker your lips.Pretend like you're about to give a kiss, and make your lips into a puckered shape. The opening in your lips should be small and circular.Your breath flowing through this opening will produce a range of notes.
- Another way to get your lips in the right position is to say the word "two."
- Your lips should not be resting against your teeth. Instead, they should be stretched slightly forward.
- If your lips are quite dry, lick them before you begin whistling. This may help improve the sound you produce.
Curl your tongue slightly.Curl the edges of your tongue slightly upward. As you begin whistling, you'll change the shape of your tongue to produce different notes.
- For beginners, rest your tongue against your bottom row of teeth. Eventually, you should learn to move the shape of your tongue to form different tones.
Begin blowing air over your tongue and through your lips.Blow gently, slightly altering the shape of your lips and the curve of your tongue until you're able to produce a clear note. This may take a few minutes of practice, so don't give up too quickly. It might take a while.
- Don't blow hard, just softly at first. You'll be able to whistle more loudly once you find the right form for your lips and tongue to take.
- Wet your lips again if they dry out while you're practicing.
- Pay attention to the shape of your mouth when you find a note. In what exact position are your lips and tongue? Once you find the note, keep practicing. Try blowing harder in order to sustain the note.
Experiment with the position of your tongue to produce other notes.Try pushing it slightly forward to produce higher notes, and lifting it from the bottom of your mouth for lower notes. Play around until you're able to whistle up and down the scale.
- To produce lower tones, you'll notice your jaw is lower as well. Producing lower tones requires creating a bigger mouth area. You might even point your chin downward when whistling low notes.
- Your lips will be slightly tighter when you're producing higher notes. You might lift your head up to whistle a high note.
- If you're hissing instead of whistling, your tongue might be too close against the roof of your mouth.
Whistling With Your Tongue
Pull back your lips.Your upper lip should be tight against your upper teeth, which may be slightly exposed. Your lower lip should be tight against your lower teeth, which should be fully covered. You mouth should look like you are smiling with no teeth. This positioning will create a very loud, attention-grabbing whistle of the sort you can use to hail a cab when your hands are full.
- Use your fingers to set your lips into place until you get the positioning correct.
Draw your tongue back.Position it so that it is broad and flat, and hovering just behind your bottom teeth. There should still be a slight space between your tongue and bottom teeth, but don't let them touch.
Blow across your tongue and over your bottom teeth and lip.Direct your breath downwards towards your lower teeth. You should be able to feel the downward force of the air on your tongue. The air will flow at a sharp angle created by the top of your tongue and your upper teeth, downward across your lower teeth and lip. This produces a uniquely loud tone.
- This whistle will require some practice and exercise. Your jaw, tongue and mouth will all be slightly strained when you whistle this way.
- Try to broaden and flatten the tip of your tongue until you produce a loud, clear tone.
- Remember that your tongue should float in your mouth more or less at the level of your bottom row of teeth.
Experiment to produce more sounds.Changing the position of your tongue, cheek muscles, and jaw will produce a wide variety of whistle sounds.
Whistling With Your Fingers
Decide which fingers to use.When you whistle with your fingers, you use them to hold your lips in place to make it possible to produce the clearest note you can. Every person should decide which fingers to use to create the best possible whistle. Your individual finger positioning will be determined by the size and shape of your fingers and mouth. Consider the following possibilities:
- Using both your right and left index fingers.
- Using both your right and left middle fingers.
- Using your right and left pinkie fingers.
- Using the thumb and middle or index finger of the one hand.
Make an inverted "v" shape with your fingers.Whichever combination of fingers you're using, put them together to make an upside-down "v" shape. The bottom of the "v" is where your fingers connect with your mouth.
- Be sure to wash your hands before you put your fingers in your mouth
Place the tip of the "v" shape under your tongue.The two fingers should meet just under your tongue, behind your back teeth.
Close your lips over your fingers.There should be a small hole right between your fingers.
- Close your mouth tight over your fingers to ensure air only goes through the hole between your two fingers for a more concentrated sound.
Blow through the hole.This technique should produce a loud, shrill sound perfect for calling your dog home or getting your friends' attention. Keep practicing until your fingers, tongue and lips are in the correct position to produce a strong sound.
- Don't blow too hard at first. Gradually increase the strength of the air you blow until you make the right sound.
- Try different finger combinations. You might not be able to whistle over certain fingers but other fingers might just be the right size to produce a sound.
QuestionI don't know if I have a problem or I need to see a doctor but no matter how hard I try, I can't whistle. Is there a disease which doesn't let you whistle?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, of course not. Some people just have trouble whistling.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I tell what finger position to use?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry them all out. See which works best and feels most comfortable.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I whistle with my mouth open?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust pucker your lips tightly, then softly blow. It usually works better if you lick your lips before. Be sure to practice plentifully, as it takes time to master this skill.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make a hole with my 'V' shaped fingers?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAfter placing your finger in the 'V' shape, rest them on your bottom row of teeth, with the tips of the fingers which form the 'V' about half way in from the tip to the first joint. Rest your tongue on top of the 'V', and close your lips over them. Blow gently but firmly, and move the 'V' up and down until you get a whistling sound, then work on making it a louder and more shrill whistle.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do when my voice cracks or breaks when I whistle?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYour voice does not crack when you whistle. If your lips aren't capable of holding the note, it may sound like your voice is cracking, but with practice it will not occur any more. The higher the note, the more likely it will sound like it's cracking.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make my whistle louder?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust blow harder. It's not the position of your lips or fingers so much as the force of air coming out of your mouth that determines the volume.Thanks!
QuestionIf none of these methods work, do I need to blow softer, and then harder?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBlowing harder should only make the whistle louder, it's generally not the factor that produces the whistling sound. However, if you're blowing extremely softly, blowing harder may be the solution. The positioning of your tongue, lips, fingers, etc. is what actually makes the sound though, so prioritize finding the correct positions first.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I whistle with my lips for a longer time? I get tired very easily.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTake some deep breaths beforehand so that you can whistle longer. This will also help you to have a bit more energy.Thanks!
QuestionHow come I can't whistle? I tried so hard, but I just can't!wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhistling takes some time and a little practice. You should try experimenting with different mouth, tongue, or finger positions; try blowing harder, softer, and other variables like that.Thanks!
QuestionI have long nails. Will that hinder my ability to whistle?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, it probably will. It will affect the way your tongue moves, which will affect the sound of the whistle.Thanks!
Short Video: How to Whistle
In order to whistle with your lips, form your mouth as if you are saying the word “two.” Hold your lips in that position, then place your tongue against your bottom teeth. Wet your lips and blow softly. If you still aren’t making a sound, try changing the shape of your lips and tongue. Once you hear a sound, change the position of your tongue to make different notes. Keep reading for tips on how to whistle using your fingers.
- Moving your lips in a smile motion will increase pitch. It's best to get to know your range this way.
- Every whistle has a "sweet spot" where the shape is correct for a long, clear tone. Practice with the above whistles until you find your sweet spot.
- For most people, whistling is easier if your lips are moist. Try licking your lips, and maybe taking a sip of water.
- When you exhale try to raise your diaphragm so that your air escapes in a slightly raised direction.
- Don't blow hard, especially when practicing. This will give you more air to practice with and it is better to get the sound and shape before going for volume. Take breaks between each attempt or you'll get dizzy and have a headache.
- When whistling with your fingers, it's best to aim the air down and concentrate the air only through the middle hole.
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