My daughter's boyfriend has recently taken an interest in turkey hunting, and regularly solicits me for information on the subject. Of course I'm happy to oblige for two reasons. A: It's fun to indoctrinate someone else into the sport. And B: It gives me a good reason to let a teenage boy with an interest in my daughter view my shotgun.
Anyhoo, he asks lots of questions, many of them about calling. So the other day I bought a Primos mini-sonic dome diaphram call and gave it to him. I demonstrated with one of mine and gave him some quick instructions. He was able to make the basic purring sound in a matter of a couple of minutes. It took me 6 months to make find the magic and make any audible noise on a diaphram call, it took him all of 6 seconds. In short, this is the instruction I gave him:
Without the call in your mouth, hock a lugi. .....Or whatever people from your neck of the woods call it. You know, when you force flem from the back of your throat by huffing air. Notice how the back of your tongue seems to press up against the roof of your mouth in order to make it happen. Yeah, it's a lot like gargling. Once you've done this once or twice and paid attention to the position of your tongue as you do it, put the diaphram in and try it. You'll create that trilled whistle.
Cool, huh ? ....Yeah, I know your excited that you just found the key to making it happen, but don't laugh.......you might mess around and swallow your diaphram.
What's really funny is when you carry the call around all day long in your cheek and you start playing around with it in all sorts of wierd ways. Using combinations of cuts, kee-kees, and purrs, you can make music like a hitch pitched ka-zoo. You can play all sorts of tunes that come out clearly recognizable. Try kee-keeing "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" one time. ....Go ahead, it's hilarious !