How to Whistle -- Loud!

By Tim Hensley

Have you ever wished you could whistle really loud? It sure does come in handy sometimes: in the gym, on the playground, or just to see who can whistle the loudest. Some people are able to whistle loudly by holding their tongue against their teeth. Not everyone can whistle that way, though, just as not everyone can wiggle his ears or raise one eyebrow. Fortunately, there is a way to whistle loud that anyone can learn.

You might call it two-fingered tooting.

Here's how it works:
First, wash your hands. Once your hands are clean and dry, make an upside-down V with your index or pinkie fingers. Put the two fingers that form the V in your mouth so that the point of the V is under the tip of your tongue.

     
Upside-down V   Fingers under tongue
Upside-down V
 
Fingers under tongue
     

Push your fingers back a bit so that your tongue curls backward. Next, close your lips around your fingers. This allows air to pass only through the small triangular hole between your fingers.

     
Push back   Close lips
Push back
 
Close lips
     

Now the only thing left to do is . . . BLOW! You can blow hard or soft. It really doesn't matter. If you're lucky, on your first try you'll create a blast loud enough to make your friends run for cover.

Blow!  
Blow!
 
   

Usually, though, it takes a little practice to get that first shrill toot. Just move your fingers around and keep blowing until you find the right spot. Some people practice for several days before they get the hang of it. (You may want to practice alone; huffing and puffing with your fingers in your mouth may cause some strange looks.) Whatever you do, don't give up.

 So what are you waiting for? There's no time like the present to learn how to whistle--LOUD!

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