How to whistle loudly with your fingers – It’s a lost art but it could be a life saver

By Doug Williams
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How to whistle loudly with your fingers – It’s a lost art but it could be a life saver

Doug Williams
 
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What do you do if you need to catch the attention of someone in the wilderness; shout at the top of your voice, or you can whistle really loud.

Whistling has always been a very effective way of attracting attention and mastering that art could help you in the long run especially if you find yourself in a life and death situation.

Sometimes here at Outdoor Revival HQ we’re very low tech and there’s a whistle through the building and you know someone is trying to get your attention, it works! Well, not so much for me, I can’t whistle very well, but I’ll carry on practicing till I can. It really is a great skill to have.

Not all of us are experts in whistling, I am not talking about the odd whistling that we do while trying to remember a song or something, this whistle is like a train whistle: loud and ear numbing.

Mastering this monster of a whistle is not as hard as you might imagine. It is highly likely that you have spent some of your childhood trying to get your whistles really loud, either to impress your peers or simply to copy someone you know that can already do it.

If you follow these steps and watch the video you’ll be well on your way to accomplishing your goal.

You are going to be using your hands – fingers to be more precise – so make sure your hands are thoroughly washed and clean, you may be doing a lot of practice and you don’t want to keep showing bacteria into your mouth.

In this step, you will be forming the basic frame for your whistling tone. Extend your index and middle fingers of both hands while curling all other fingers back, now join the extended fingers making an A shape, make sure the knuckles of your index and little finger are touching ever so slightly.

Now open your mouth and curl your lips inwards, covering your teeth. This is like when we try to impersonate a really old person without teeth.

This is perhaps the most important step of the whole process and will play a critical role in your whistle tone. Curl up your tongue and push against it with your finger tips.

Now everything is pretty much set and you are ready for your first whistle; now blow gently through the hole between the two middle fingers. Don’t worry if you get nothing in the first few attempts, keep trying, you can change your angles, how hard you press against your tongue, etc. It will come, you have created a solid foundation to build on and you will amaze yourself with your progress.

You can change the tone of your whistle by decreasing or increasing the air pressure or slightly changing the angle of the fingers.

Once you master the art of loud whistling, try not to be a pain for your neighbors or people in the house. The sound of the whistle could be excruciatingly painful for some people; so if you need practicing visit a park or a forest and practice as much as you can and as loud as your lungs allow you.

This is another example of a useful skill you can learn that can be really useful and it’s always available, there are no batteries to run out or app needed. Let us know how it goes.

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If you have a good story to tell or blog let us know about it on our FB page, we’re also happy for article or review submissions, we’d love to hear from you.

We live in a beautiful world, get out there and enjoy it.

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