I recently realised that I can repeat sounds I hear by whistling. Not all sounds, some fall out my whistling range, but I can whistle any music I know. What is this phenomenon called? I don't think it is perfect pitch because I don't know the names of notes.

I think I'm going to practice my whistling by trying to expand my range and get my whistling to become more musical, maybe I should consider becoming a concert whistler. I don't know, mimicking sounds and music I hear by whistling is just something I have done my whole life.

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    It's just called 'whistling'. Most people can do it, just as they can sing anything they know.
    – PiedPiper
    Commented Jan 1 at 16:30
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    Ummm... I think that's just called "whistling". Obligatory reference.
    – Divizna
    Commented Jan 1 at 16:32
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    It's literally just called "whistling".
    – user59346
    Commented Jan 1 at 16:37
  • You can whistle the pitches you hear, but I doubt you can whistle the sounds. Oboe, sax, violin, guitar, piano, harp...? The list goes on... Vtc rather than dv. Phenomenon, also., not phenomena (plural).
    – Tim
    Commented Jan 1 at 16:41
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    Echolalia is an automatic tic where one repeats the last words of everything that someone else has just said, which happens regardless of whether it was interesting. It has nothing to do with deliberate mimicking of sounds you like.
    – Divizna
    Commented Jan 1 at 17:51

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It's called 'being able to whistle'. A posh name for someone who has this skill is 'siffleur'.

Not to be confused with this gentleman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_P%C3%A9tomane

  • 'It's an ill wind...'
    – Tim
    Commented Jan 1 at 17:19

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