Introduction: How to Whistle for Those Who CAN NOT Whistle

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I can't whistle. Don't try teaching me, because I CAN'T whistle. Some people just can't. This is an instructable for all you people who can't whistle, or need a new way to annoy people.

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Step 1: The Karate Chop

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The first step is what I call "The Karate Chop." Chop you left hand with your right hand. Chop right where the fingers meet the palm.


Step 2: The Bird... Trap

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This step is called the bird trap. (?) Trap the bird in your hand....

Step 3: Air Hole

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... But leave a little hole so it can breath!!

But leaving the bird analogy, the red part of the picture should be the only part of your whistle that has a hole in it.


Step 4: How to Use It!

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How it's time to use it!

Put your lips on the knuckles of your thumbs, DO NOT "make out" with the hole between your thumbs. This doesn't work. Blow down into the hole. Notice how the hole is still exposed when it's up to my mouth. That's okay, it's not a trumpet.

You should have make a single note. To change the pitch, move the fingers on your left hand away from the whistle. This makes it higher. To make that crazy Western Movie Showdown sound, blow while moving your left fingers in and out! With practice, it's very easy!


alyssas (author)2015-03-26

this is stupid I can't do it

ArslanA38 (author)alyssas2017-03-28


Just because you cannot do this does not make it stupid in any way

BTW ... Chill

GRoyalG (author)2016-11-28

This is very helpful, what people don't understand is "practice makes perfect". This is the steps you have to do a couple times first then you try to whistle without you're hands. If you fail do it again thats what i did now I can whistle.

RoshanK28 (author)2016-08-15

I still cant ?

ArielS22 (author)2016-07-04

I will say that I turned 24 today/yesterday and this is what I learned. It took a little bit of trial and error but I finally managed to produce a "whistle". It sounds more like a train whistle than a what most consider a whistle.

Now, I will say I can whistle just fine normally. My boyfriend cannot whistle and is still having trouble using this method. It is difficult and take practice just like anything else. But it did work.

DavidL445 made it! (author)2016-04-07

YES I MADE IT TY I LOVE U I CAN without fingers and with 2 fingers and 4 fingers!!! THANK U I LOVE U MA FRIEND

Banjango (author)2016-03-22

Greatest thing ever! I've been trying to learn how to whistle for so long now and now I can!!

Amq306 (author)2016-02-29

WOW dosent help at ALL

IndiannaJ (author)2015-10-16

I have been trying to whistle since I was 3 years old. I'm 29 next February. This is the first time I have ever been able to whistle. This is wonderful. Thank you so much for this. The only song I ever cared about learning was that theme song of, "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly", and within minutes, I've been able to master it. Seriously. You rock. :)

FauxNom (author)2015-07-20

Sort of got it. It still sounds pretty faint lol.
I dunno if I'm doing it wrong, but when you press your lips against your hands, are the lips pulled downwards?

СтаниславТ (author)2014-11-10

Wow, it helped. Thanks.

it didn't help me

alyssas (author)2015-03-26

countrygirl01 (author)2015-03-14

i can only blow air ughh no fair

ToggleSwitch (author)2014-11-04

I am now depressed I cannot do this or whistle

david.sherwood.984 (author)2014-09-27

This did not help whatsoever! I dislike you not only as a person, but also as an instructor. I still fail to whistle. My life will forever be incomplete. Thanks for nothin'.

THECHINABOY (author)2010-06-03

I CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  THANK  YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And my older bother can't. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HOWWWW???????????? i cant do it

erjhgiowhrghwrio (author)2014-08-05

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luv u so much guyz, really do :) :) XOXO

amitb4thumar (author)2014-08-05

thnx. got it in 3rd 4th try. i know how to whistle with only lips loudly but still cant whistle high pitch 2 finger style. :(

amitb4thumar (author)2014-08-05

thanx for this. got it in 3rd-4th try. i can whistle with lips from childhood so loudly that my mom always yelled at me not to do that and made me leave the house and do that outside. But I still i dont know how to whistle with 2 fingers in mouth.

Kidiu (author)2011-07-27

Sweet. Took a while, but I got it. Kinda hard at first. I struggle to blow the air right.

ohalai (author)2011-05-05

yhessss i did it

LaBeasy (author)2010-08-28

This is for right handed people, left handed people (like me) have do the opposite of all of this

relyk (author)LaBeasy2010-10-05

I'm left-handed, and did it. Try harder

canida (author)2007-06-15

Whoa- that actually worked for me on the first try! Cool. Of course, I can whistle normally, but this seems like a good life skill. Can you teach me how to do the high pitched whistle with two fingers in the mouth?

Super Cameraman (author)canida2007-06-15

No, but my mom can! She would literally be at my neighbor's house, and she would use that instead of a phone to call me home. I'll ask her how to do that. It's like... super sonic!

My dad does the same thing no matter where we are it may be down the street, at the other end of Walmart, or anywhere else.

canida (author)Super Cameraman2007-06-15

Sweet. My swim coach used to do that, but didn't want to teach us how. ;)

norsehorse (author)canida2009-01-03

I posted a small instructable with some tips.

Peekadosies (author)2009-10-28

I did IT!!!!!!!!!

FiliLo (author)2009-10-01

HA! That's great, I'm 24 and I could never whistle, but at least I got this now... lol

origami dude (author)2008-09-16

I found out how to do it. you blow on top of it like a flute as where you blow on top of the hole.

kog103 (author)2008-08-08

Thanks, I've really wanted to know how to do this! Good instructable!

i_build_stuff (author)2008-07-13

I learned to do this when i was little, but its nice to see a instructable i cant whistle so this is my only option.

MarketaLX (author)2008-07-12

thanx so much! I could never whistle and i did this on the first try, awesome, i did it!!!

senga (author)2008-04-26

YAYYYYY i just did ittttttttt !!!!!! [but i cant do it again :'( ] thannnnks

sem_on123 (author)2008-02-25


schetleft (author)2008-02-13

hand cooing is a difficult technique. I have been doing it for a few years now, and i still haven't mastered it.

bebegirl (author)2008-01-19

i still can't whistle!!!!!!! *sobs* but thank you..

funwithfire325 (author)2007-09-30

hey i cant do it but... my thumbs are shaped like that and when i blow air and move the right hand i here air coming out help please.

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2007-06-15

dont work 4 me i just get a regular non handed whistle. !lol you changed that odd pic to a non blurred out pic! :-P

brianf25 (author)2007-06-15

I'm raining world champion whistler 8 years running.... ok not really.... but if i wast too lazy to compete I would pwn all those nooblets at the state fairs.

HarryM (author)2007-06-15

really cool! Worked on the first try

heyzuphowsitgoin (author)2007-06-15

is it supposed to be a loud whistle? i hope not caus i think thats the closest to whistling i'v ever come. YESSS! also to make a loud whistle just use an acorn top.

Sintax (author)2007-06-14

jesus thanks! man I did it right away I was really surprised, I cant whistle with my lips but I can now like this.. awesome!

mrmath (author)2007-06-14

Can I just say that you told us to Chop our left hand with our right hand, but then showed us chopping our right hand with our left? Also, where should the chopping hand lie on the chopped hand? Should the pinky lay across the fingers, or should the meaty part of our hand between the pinky and the wrist lay across the fingers? And, what's wrong with making out with the hole between our thumbs? :)

Super Cameraman (author)mrmath2007-06-14

Oh shoot, the pictures are all mirrored.... That's why it's messed up. And making our with the hole, while... fun (?) doesn't make a whistle.

I fixed the pictures.

lemonie (author)2007-06-14

Why is the face partially pixellated? Is someone wanted by the law for whistling? L

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