How to Whistle for Those Who CAN NOT Whistle




Film maker, musician, tinkerer. Living in Philly.

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

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

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

Step 3: Air Hole

... 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!

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!

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56 Discussions


1 year ago

I tried it because I need a new way to annoy people :)


Reply 2 years ago


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

BTW ... Chill


2 years ago

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.


3 years ago

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.


3 years ago

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


3 years ago

WOW dosent help at ALL


4 years ago

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. :)


4 years ago

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?


4 years ago

I am now depressed I cannot do this or whistle

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'.


9 years ago on Step 4

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

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5 years ago on Introduction

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. :(