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How to Whistle with Your Fingers

The finger whistle may seem difficult, but with a little practice, anyone can master it.


  • Step 1: Position fingers Form a U shape with your thumb and forefinger or middle finger.
  • TIP: Use a mirror to perfect your form and technique.
  • Step 2: Place in mouth Place your fingers partly inside your mouth, wrapping your lips tightly across your teeth. Only the outer edges of your lips should be visible.
  • TIP: Angle fingertips toward the center of your tongue.
  • Step 3: Position tongue Flatten your tongue to cover the bottom portion of your mouth. The tip of your tongue will touch the lower jaw just behind the bottom row of teeth.
  • Step 4: Blow Inhale deeply and blow forcefully across the top of your tongue and lower lip. Push your fingers downward and outward, onto your lips and teeth.
  • Step 5: Adjust positions Adjust the position of your fingers, tongue, and jaw for optimal whistling. Regulate the force of air for maximum effect and volume.
  • Step 6: Practice Practice regularly until your desired whistle is achieved.
  • FACT: Louisburg, North Carolina, is the world’s whistling capital.

You Will Need

  • Clean fingers
  • A mouth
  • A mirror

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