Introduction: Whistling With Your Fingers

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This is my first instructable. (rate please :)) I'm going to teach you how to whistle loudly with your fingers! Then you will be able to whistle at baseball games, concerts, weddings, etc. or its just fun to piss off your friends. I will try to go in as much detail as I can. This is one of those things that you will get eventually if you try hard enough. Some people will get it immediately and some people will never get it. If you want more info there's probably a ton of it on the internet, I just didn't bother to check.

-Be aware that you are blowing air forcefully. It shouldn't take a lot of air to do the whistle when you've got it down, but when starting out never over-do it. At first you might feel dizzy, but I had a friend who kept trying and he eventually passed out. You should know when to you need to stop-

Step 1: Lips

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The actual whistling sound isn't made with the lips. I see some people try it and they squeeze their lips together like a normal whistle. If you do that you'll just end up spitting all over the place. Lips stay relaxed, and curl over your teeth, so when you put your fingers in your mouth, they will not touch the teeth at all. Also, your lips should be wet.

Step 2: Fingers

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There are different ways of doing this, the way I learned was to make a circle using your thumb and index finger. But there are other ways that might be easier for you.

Step 3: Tongue

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The tongue is probably the hardest concept to describe. If you can roll your tongue into a tube, thats a good start. Basically, you want to curl the tip of your tongue up to the roof of your mouth. Your fingers will touch the underside tip of your tongue with all the arteries.

Step 4: Placement

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Once you have the "thumb-index" circle, curl your tongue up to the roof of your mouth and just put your fingers in your mouth. your fingers should touch the bottom-middle part of your tongue. Then, close and kind of squeeze your lips your lips around your fingers to get a good seal. (your lips should be covering your teeth.)

Step 5: The Whistle

The whistle is created by the location of the tongue, placement of the fingers, and lip shape. Once your fingers are in your mouth as described in step 4, blow a fast, constant stream of air. Some people say that you should blow slightly downwards. What you should hear is a loud clear whistle. If not you should hear a whistle-y wind noise.

1. If you get the wind noise, then experiment with lip shape. The lips direct the airflow. (but they don't make the noise!!)
2. If you got a spit mess, start over at step 2.

Experiment with how high your fingers are on your tongue, you can get some pretty neat sounds.

Once you get it down, depending on your air speed and lung capacity this whistle can get extremely loud!!! I hope that I've gone in depth enough. Questions and comments welcome. Rate please!


goopybombs (author)2016-10-24

it isn't a very good whistle beclouds some people cant whistle at all so how does this help

RobF10 (author)2015-07-30

Instructions unclear, neighbours cat dead.

belgarauth (author)RobF102015-11-08

awesome, thanks for laugh

AlverdineD (author)2015-06-11

Nice. I had to practice with ear plugs in because some whistles were so loud they left me with ringing ears.

DeepthiR (author)2015-04-09

its too hard but i will keep trying it

NobodyN (author)2015-02-09

made a slight whistling amongst the air

jon.leonard.79 (author)2014-10-17

Thanks man it actually worked. I had to push outwards on the corner of my lips with the outside of my fingers to get my whistle tight enough but it worked. Thanks

mostBastos (author)2014-08-12

This was actually extremely helpful!
I doubted it at first but I've managed to get a louder whistle than without my fingers.
5/5, still referencing

4everbagelz21 (author)2014-07-20

So frustrated...awesome instructable

jrt42 (author)2009-02-01

Not bad, I have been doing this for years. I am 52 now and I can whistle with any two finger combo with any hand, I can also do it with one finger. It all has to do with where you put your finger(s) to your tongue, I usally use the tip of my tongue.

TrentWalls (author)jrt422014-05-20

I see that it's easier with your fingers on the tip of you tongue. Thanks for your comment!

norsehorse (author)jrt422009-02-07

That's pretty neat! I just figured out how to do it with one, I never even thought about that trying that before. Do you know what makes the whistle? Where does the air pass through to make it?

Viaticus (author)2013-04-17

What I discovered following these instructions is that I can make a sound with the fingers on my right hand, but not my left! Perhaps people who have tried it did not think of it, but most people are not anatomically symmetrical. Fingers on one hand might work better than others. I've just about got it but I'll wait until I'm in a less public place to practice.

Good directions - it takes practice and don't let negative comments be discouraging!

I have absolutely not the slightest clue how to do this. I've tried over and over and over and over and over.

Follow the instructions. You'll get it if you try over and over some more. It will feel right when you've got the right position.

I'm in my fifties now and for the firs time in my life I could get it right. Thanks norsehorse.

me too and i cant get it

cbiz515 (author)2012-05-26

I have always wanted to do this, read the instructions once and within 30 seconds was whistling loudly! thanks man, it worked for me. I've been holding my tongue in the wrong place the whole time...

CS3410 (author)2009-01-30

I think it is kinda confusing and you gotta make it more easier to follow"

Kelsy101 (author)CS34102012-02-17

I know I don't think that these are the right steps

norsehorse (author)CS34102009-02-07

What makes it confusing?

sajada (author)2009-01-21

This is hard.

norsehorse (author)sajada2009-01-22

Just keep trying.Its hard at first but if you just keep repeating in different positions, eventually a little whistle will come out.

Kelsy101 (author)norsehorse2012-02-17

no a tiny whistle will not come out

MMoyce (author)2011-06-15

I cant DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!

Kelsy101 (author)MMoyce2012-02-17

i know

kylekosan23 (author)2011-07-24

its like a spit bomb 4 me

Kelsy101 (author)kylekosan232012-02-17

me too

jasum (author)2010-01-06

Which one do you think is a better technique when whistling with fingers: keeping your tongue flat on your lower jaw or curling it back like you do? I was wondering which one makes the loudest sound and/or is easier to learn?

metalfury (author)2009-12-05

I've got cramp in my tongue! will try again later . . .

Thanks for the guide, I'll keep trying it!

danielle93 (author)2009-07-31

lmao, i cant do it!!!! fun to try tho!! :P

milamber1 (author)danielle932009-08-31

It is difficult to do at first, but like most things it comes with practice.
so keep trying and im sure youll get the hand of it at it.

vrnjhz (author)2009-05-17

u totally rock man.dis is so cool.i learned it in just a few seconds.

trigger101 (author)2009-03-27


gus0002 (author)2009-03-22

HAHA i just tried it and its pretty late and i ended up waking up my parents lol. awell.. stupid act by me i guess but thankyou, i never really had time or could be bothered learning this until i stumbled on it just now, thanks P.S... ill practice 2moro when people are awake lol

iPodGuy (author)2009-03-12

I've tried doing this for years. I don't think I was made to whistle like this.

Emsie (author)2009-03-08

Thank you so much!!!!!! YAY =D<br/>

Maregon (author)2009-03-04

Nice instructable! I suck at whistling and on my first few tries I got good results. Thanks!

browncomputerchair (author)2009-02-22

this is pretty good. do u know how to do a no hands whistle. those are neat and discreet.

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