How often should I practice?
You should probably practice at least a little bit every day..5-10 minutes. This will help you stay familiar with the tunes you're learning, and help you get comfortable and familiar with the whistle.
At first, practice is going to be really frustrating, because you're having to learn lots of things at once. In addition to the tunes, you're having to learn to coordinate your fingers, breath pressure, rhythm, and when and where to breathe. But trust me, it gets easier with time. Eventually you'll have the "mechanics" down, and you can focus completely on improving your music.
When I first started whistling, I was working from home, so I sometimes practiced for up to 6 hours a day for the first couple of years. I had a Clarke original, with the wood block fipple, and the wood grain would suck the moisture out of my lip, and then my skin would rip off when I pulled the whistle away from my mouth. That's probably a bit extreme.
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