I’ve had the coffee part down for years and recently picked up the whiskey habit. I’ll never be tall or dark or a wearer of leather pants. I have opposite makeup preferences (lips over eyes - always). I wear hats, whether or not I actually look good in them, and am developing a poetry habit. I have limited musical gifts and sell hair products instead of tending bar. Pick-up lines make me blush and stammer, which only seems to encourage the artist. The two finger whistle, though, seems to be within my abilities.
I don’t know if there is a civilized way to learn to whistle with one’s fingers. It takes a lot of slobbery, unhygienic practice. I got started with a wikihow page and a youtube tutorial and then spent hours in the woods with my hands in my mouth. The real breakthrough occurred in the car, though, looking in a mirror. The combination of kinesthetic and visual feedback refined my technique so that I finally produced the piercing sound. With practice, I can do it fairly reliably.
I don’t use the whistle to get the attention of a crowd or a taxi, as my character would. Instead, I use it to call the dogs. Even without reinforcement, the sound brings them running, but I give them treats anyway, for responding. Also, unlike my secretive character, I’ll give you some tips that work for me.
1. My internet resources: Wikihow and The Art of Manliness How To Whistle with Your Fingers. (I actually used a different YouTube video, but found this better tutorial after I’d learned my whistle.)
2. Lips: most resources instruct you to tuck your lips under (like you’ve removed your false teeth). I found it more effective to tightly tuck my top lips but more loosely tuck the bottom.
3. Finger angle: experiment with the angle of your fingers. At first, I had my fingers at a nearly 90 degree angle to my head. I had more success when I pivoted my hand so that my fingers were coming from below.
4. Seal: the seal between the corners of your mouth and your fingers is critical!
5. Moisture: wet lips do help. Lick them. And enjoy the slobbery fun.
As you can tell from my appearance in the video (filmed as I hiked through oak woodlands with my dogs), I’m neither urban nor chic. I’m only partly civilized. But I can pretend to be that dark, brooding woman when I whistle. (Until the dog comes barreling into me and I fall into the dirt, laughing with joy.)