sbertram87 wrote:Hi, do i have to use the back of my tounge to force air to the call?
Can someone give me the steps they take when they move air to the call
As I recall, it took me a long while before I ever got a single note from a mouth call. I had become convinced that I just didn't have it far enough back in my mouth. The gag reflex was awful, but worse than that I was afraid if I put it back any further, I might accidently swallow it.
I resolved I was going to find out if it was just a matter of putting far enough back or not. I doubled over and put my head down low. Not sure if that really would have helped to prevent me from swallowing it or not, but it gave me some peace of mind at the time. I placed that call back further than ever and when I huffed, a little whistle came out.
That was the beginning right there. I'd found the magic. Once I'd gotten the first whistle out of the thing, it was relatively easy to do it again. And I never put it as far back either. Within a week I was driving everyone crazy at work. I had that call in my cheek all day long and I played with it constantly just cuz I could make sounds on it. I wouldn't just make turkey sounds either. I'd play "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly". I'd play INXS, "I Need You Tonight". That's actually a real fun one. Three cuts and a long purr that you change the pitch up and down on. When you start doing stupid stuff like that, you learn how to manipulate a call. I could get sounds out of it even if it was off-center in my mouth, or up against my front teeth. We can all give you instruction, but you just have to play with it until you find the magic.
It's kind of like learning to throw a curveball. My dad always threw a mean one. As a little kid throwing the baseball with him I was amazed at how he could make the ball take that turn in flight. I must have asked him to show me how he did it thousands of times. ......And he showed me his grip and how he rolled his wrist in his throwing motion thousands of times. Still, I just couldn't make it happen.....not even a little bit. Then one day it broke ever so slightly to the left for me. It wasn't a hard break, but it was definitely a break form it's original trajectory. .....And I had finally discovered the magic.
Didn't take long after that until I had mastered it. By the time I got to high school I had a legitimate curveball that would suddenly dart down and away from a right handed hitter. It's magic, I tell ya ! .....Not really. It's physics. And so is using that mouthcall. Just don't give up, you'll get it.