You can whistle for attention, call a dog, or hum a nice tune. Once you've found what you like, practice as much as you can to gain more control over your tone and volume. However, not everyone can manage to whistle, which is why you shouldn't feel disappointed. There are three main ways to whistle: by pursing your lips, using your tongue, and using your fingers.
Method 1 of 3: Whistle with your lips
Step 1. Purse your lips
Pretend you want to kiss someone and make an "O" with your lips. The opening between the lips should be small and circular. The air you pass through this opening will produce the notes.
- You can also achieve the right lip shape by doing a “moo” with your lips.
- Your lips should not touch your teeth. They should be slightly stretched forward.
- If your lips are dry, lick them before you start hissing. This will help you improve the sound you are going to produce.
Step 2. Curl your tongue slightly
Slightly curl the sides of your tongue upward. When you start to whistle, you will change the shape of your tongue to produce different sounds.
For beginners, rest your tongue against the bottom row of teeth. Eventually, you will learn to change the shape of your tongue to get different notes
Step 3. Start blowing air over your tongue and through your lips
Blow gently, slightly altering the shape of your lips and the curve of your tongue until you can produce a clear note. It will take you several minutes of practice, don't give up.
- Don't blow too hard, blow gently at first. You will be able to whistle louder once you find the right shape for your lips and tongue.
- Wet your lips again if they become dry during your practice.
- Pay attention to the shape of your mouth as you find the note. What position were your lips and tongue in? Once you find the note, keep practicing. Try to blow harder to maintain the note.
Step 4. Experiment with different tongue positions to produce other notes
Try pushing the tongue forward slightly to produce higher sounds, and lift the base at the back of the mouth to produce lower notes. Play with the position of your tongue until you can hiss all kinds of notes.
- To produce lower tones, you will notice that your jawline goes down too. You are going to have to create a larger oral cavity to produce lower tones. You'll even end up pointing your chin down while hissing low notes.
- Your lips will also tighten when you produce higher notes. You might lift your head to whistle a high note.
- If you are hissing instead of hissing, it's probably because your tongue is too close to your palate.
Method 2 of 3: Whistle with your tongue
Step 1. Tuck your lips in
The upper lip should be wedged against the upper teeth which should be slightly exposed. The lower lip should be wedged against the lower teeth which should be completely hidden. Your mouth should look like a smile without the teeth. This position creates a very loud whistle that attracts attention, for example when calling a taxi when your hands are full.
Use your fingers to move your fingers into place until you reach the correct position
Step 2. Pull your tongue out back
Position it so that it is wide and flat, hanging behind your lower teeth. There should be some space between your tongue and your lower teeth, but they should not touch each other.
Step 3. Blow along your tongue and over the lower teeth and lower lip
Direct your breath towards the lower teeth. You should be able to feel the force of the air directed downward on your tongue. The air will be blown at a very sharp angle created by the tip of your tongue and upper teeth passing through the lower teeth and lower lip. This will produce a distinctive sound.
- This hissing sound will take some practice and exercise. Your jaw, tongue, and mouth are going to be a bit stiff as you practice hissing like this.
- Try to spread and flatten the tip of the tongue until you produce a loud, clear sound.
- Remember that your tongue should float in your mouth, more or less level with the row of your lower teeth.
Step 4. Experiment to produce different sounds
By changing the position of your tongue, cheek muscles and jaw, you will produce a greater variety of sounds.
Method 3 of 3: Whistle with your fingers
Step 1. Decide which fingers you want to use
When you whistle with your fingers, you are using them to hold your lips in place to produce the clearest note possible. Each person should decide which fingers to use to create the best whistle possible. The unique positioning of your fingers will be determined by the size and shape of your fingers and your mouth. Consider the following possibilities:
- use your right and left index fingers
- use your right and left major
- use your right and left ring fingers
- use the thumb and middle finger or index finger of the opposite hand
Step 2. Make an upside down “V” with your fingers
Whatever combination of fingers you choose, use them to make an upside down "V". The bottom of the "V" is where your fingers touch your mouth.
Be sure to wash your hands before putting your fingers in your mouth
Step 3. Place the top of the "V" under your tongue
Both fingers should end up just below the tongue, behind the back teeth.
Step 4. Close the lips on your fingers
There should now be a little space between your fingers.
Squeeze your lips tightly on your fingers to make sure the air only passes through the small space between your fingers for a more focused sound
Step 5. Blow through the gap
This technique should produce a loud, shrill sound, perfect for calling your dog or getting a friend's attention. Keep practicing until your fingers, tongue, and lips are in the correct position to produce a loud sound.
- Don't blow too hard at first. Gradually increase the force of the air you are blowing until you get the right sound.
- Try different finger combinations. You may not be able to blow out using some fingers, but other fingers may be the correct size to produce sound.
- Don't blow too hard, especially when working out. You are going to have too much air and it is better that you practice at the beginning to produce a correct sound and a correct lip position rather than a very loud sound.
- In most people, it is easier to whistle if the lips are wet. Try to lick your lips or take a sip of water.
- Each whistle has a “perfect point” where the shape is perfect for a long, clear sound. Practice the techniques in this article until you find your perfect stitch.
- As you exhale, try to raise the diaphragm so that the air escapes slightly upwards.
- You will raise the tone by making a smile with your lips. This is the best way to know your range.