Yeah, I usta do that and whistling too. Lotsa “Shut up!”s.I used to sing at work, describing what I was going to do to the tune of Camptown Races or Shave and a Haircut. Before lunch I would sing "Mike is going to get some food Doo Dah, Doo Dah....etc. Or sometimes I would sing to the tune of Shave and a Haircut, "Mike's going to go to...The Can". The only whistling I would do is the song the nurse whistled in Kill Bill or the theme to Psycho.
I couldn’t agree more! I think learning stuff is often more interesting and enjoyable (sometimes) than playing.I used to sing a lot for pitch and breath practice. I also would sing for lyric memorization. For the last year I've switched to talking to myself and my dogs in Spanish, as I've been taking daily Spanish lessons. I've always been learning something. Learning is a passion for me.
I share your desire to develop a talking voice. Willie is a good example. As to other possible role models to study, Johnny Cash was of course no slouch with talking tunes, along with Tom T. Hall, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bobby Baer, Ray Stevens, Jim Stafford, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins and Leroy van Dyke (probably best known for “The Auctioneer”).Right there with ya' Dick. I like to sing and whistle. Sometimes, when things are going just right, my whistling can sound pretty good. Usually, it’s very mediocre. I have a decent voice for singing. Every time I go to a different church, I get asked about joining the choir. What I'd like to develop is a talking type singing voice, where I could get through the lyrics with expression, but without worrying about trying to be a "good" vocalist. Willie Nelson is an example of what I mean. He has such wonderful warmth, character, and feeling in his voice, that no one cares that he's half talking, half singing. That style seems so relaxed and uncomplicated. I really like it.