Whistling/humming out of tune

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  1. Weazel

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    So I guess we all have friends, colleagues or family members who enjoy music to a great degree, but insist on expressing it by whistling or humming along to the main melody line.

    Completely out of tune.

    Do you comment on it, or just cringe and let it go?
     
  2. MatsEriksson

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    Cringe and let go. The whistling and humming doesn't bother me, the singing at birthday parties when they just belt out the lyrics for all what they're worth for, in random keys, notes, tones, doesn't bother me. The thing is that they are completely wrong in an interval sense of speaking. I have yet to hear someone whisteling, hummming, or singing completely out of tune but so close to the original that it is a nuisance. Say, a half step or less out of tune, ALL OF THE TIME. I've encountered one person to do this, but as he is a professional singer, and a very good one at that, he does this only to rile up people at those occasions when you sing, and he doesn't belt it out, he just gets amused when people around him frowns at someone, something, somewhere and mimbles "who's singing THAT much out of tune", and he keeps a straight face. He just pulling one on people with this one. I can't help but giggle and have to turn my face away because I know who it is.
     
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    My wife can sings using wrong words and sometimes sings songs she could not have heard before. She's married to me 29 years and is still happy enough to sing. It doesn't go on to long. Biting my tongue goes a long way to a happy marriage. Pick your battles.
     
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    Sage advice Jim, shame you didn't tell me thirty years ago, haha!
    My former wife was dreadful singer and I used to let it rile me so much that I once told her she 'sang in an interesting and variable alternative harmony'. :eek:
     
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    I couldn’t stand Roger Whittaker’s whistling, in tune though it was. It’s just an irritating noise whoever is doing it. Only whistling I’ve ever thought to be OK was Whistling Jack Smith, I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman, no idea why that annoys me less than any other. Nowhere near top of my hit list though.
     
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    Humming is ok. Whistling is strictly forbiden.
     
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    If you whistle you need to be able to recognize your range.

    I’ll start whistling something and realize I can’t hit the high or low notes. If you continue it ends up out of key/tune.

    Even Happy Birthday. Most people miss the jump up (an octave?) at the end when singing it. It drives me nuts. If I whistle it I can’t hit that high note.
     
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    It's jazz...let it go.
     
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    Bringing it to their attention has no up side. They aren't about to stop, nor are they going to develop a better ear.
     
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    As long as they don't clap on 1/3 I'm ok with it.
     
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    At my last job, there was a guy who would whistle "Turkey in thr Straw". It was like working with an ice cream truck.
     
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    I find it really annoying to be subjected to church bells wherever I've happened to be living. It's not like they asked first if I wanted to hear it from 3 blocks away. Next thing you know they'll be knocking on my door.
     
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    My father whistled out of tune. My wife whistles badly out of tune with nothing recognizable as rhythm. Public school music obviously didn’t help.

    It’s irritating. It can’t be corrected without ensuing hostilities. It can easily be ignored. I’ll spend my time where there’s a positive result to be had.
     
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    I can't whistle at all, but if I could, it would be out of tune
     
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    Yes, good advice. My wife has a beautiful voice but almost never sings in front of others due to fear. Her parents were super critical of everything she did when she was a kid and she carries it around with her.

    If your wife sings, thank your lucky stars.
     
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    How about this guy? He also wrote the tune. Octaves that are nothing like Wes Montgomery.
    Guitar, whistling, and chromatic harmonica – a real triple threat.

     
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    Someone needs to develop a mobile app that can autotune whistles and hums.
     
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    I hum so badly, that even deaf people refuses to read my lips ....
     
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    Yep. My lovely sister-in-law can sing but slips on the odd note. She could sing if she got voice coaching.
     
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