Step 1: Getting the Hands in the Proper Position
Step 2: Put One Hand on the Other
Place the left edge of your right hand at the base of the fingers on the left hand.
Step 3: Move Right Hand Down
You should not need to lift your hand to do this step.
Step 4: Cup Hands and Align Thumbs
The thumb of the right hand will be lower down then the thumb of the left hand. Keeping your hands together, move the left thumb up so that both thumbs are aligned.
Your hands are now in the correct position to do the bird call.
Step 5: Proper Blowing Technique
Step 6: Pucker Your Lips & Inhale
To inhale properly, try the following:
- Though to play most instruments you breath from your chest, you will actually blow better here if you breathe from your throat (get a lot of air in your throat, but not any in your lungs. Basically, do a breath that gets your shoulders to move)
- Hold the breath in puckered lips (again, if you play a woodwind instrument, you're encouraged to not do this. However, this technique works better here
- Do not inhale with your hands already at your lips
Step 7: Bring Hands to Face & Exhale
HOW TO PROPERLY EXHALE TO GET THE WHISTLE:
If you exhale incorrectly, you will only hear air passing through your hands, not the desired whistle.
- Keep your hands tight. If they're too loose, air will escape out the sides
- That being said...make sure that there is some space between them. Otherwise, the air has nowhere to go.
- Blow hard. If you do not blow strong enough, you will not get the whistle.
- Keep your hands steady. If they are shaking, the whistle might stop mid-blow.
Step 8: Getting the Bird Call Sound
Step 9: Advanced Techniques
You may have noticed that by moving the palms of the hands (while in the grip) in and out will change the pitch of the note you are producing. If you feel very confident with your call and breating techniques, you may be able to produce full songs on your hands.
There really aren't many tips I can give on this; you can either do it, or you can't. I'll just point out some things:
- Moving your hands closer together will cause the pitch to rise
- Moving your hands farther apart will cause the pitch to lower
- If you are really good at this, you can get the pitch to rise extremely high by removing all the fingers of the left hand except for the index finger. BE CAREFUL IF YOU DO THIS! It requires a lot of air to achieve the very high notes, and you may feel light headed.
On that happy note...have fun bird calling!