16. April 2014 · Comments Off on Oboe Whistler · Categories: Listen, Read Online

Walker Harnden of Pittsboro has just whistled his way into the record books.

Harnden, a 19-year-old sophomore oboe major at The UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, recently whistled the highest note anyone is known to have ever whistled.

Twelve weeks later, his achievement was certified and posted by The Guinness Book of World Records:

“The highest note whistled is a B7 (3951 Hz) which was achieved by Walker Harnden (USA) at the Hoad Recital Hall, University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA, on 7 November 2013.

The “B7” note is the B just below the high C on a piano – or, to put it another way, the second-highest note on a piano.

The previous record for highest note whistled was held by Jennifer Davies of Canada, who whistled the second E above middle C at the Impossibility Games in Dachau, Germany on Nov. 6, 2006.

She still holds the record, from that same event, for lowest note whistled: the F below middle C.

Harnden says he’s leaving that one alone.

“She has me beat there by a whole step,” he said, “and I don’t want to take away all of her glory.”

RTWT (Because yes, there’s more!)

We oboists can be multi-talented, you know? (But don’t ask me to whistle! I can whistle while inhaling, but I can’t do it blowing out. How weird AM I, anyway?!)

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