Still sounding like a party kazoo days after purchasing my first duck call twenty some years ago I realized learning how to blow a call without help wasn’t going to be as easy as first thought. Fortunately I was able to find an accomplished caller who was willing to give me lessons. After more time practicing the basics I was on my way to sounding like a real mallard duck. I hope the below video and instructions will lead you down the same path of success.
Referencing photograph to the right place the insert immediately above the barrel in the "C" (opening created between your index finger and thumb) of your off shooting hand keeping your last three fingers open as to not block the exhaust port. Although using your off hand may feel uncomfortable, having the ability to keep your gun ready with your trigger hand will greatly reduce the time needed to take the first shot which means the second target will be that much closer. Just don't miss the first! Please do not release the safety until the gun is shouldered.
Many callers never master this fundamental step and then struggle in the field as they simply do not sound like a real hen mallard. These are often the same people who do not believe or realize just how deadly a skillful duck caller can be. Learning how to use your diaphragm muscles is the key to producing hot air, which then produces a realistic sound from a duck call. The best way I can explain this is to place one hand on your stomach and repeating the word "Hut" while saying it louder each time as if you were a quarterback and wanted the entire team to hear you. Hopefully you can feel your diaphragm muscles tightening up during the increase of volume. Fogging a mirror with your breath is another common explanation of producing hot air. Blowing cool air over a slice of pizza before your next bite is the wrong type of air and will result in the sound of a kazoo.
I have received many emails over the years asking "What is the best call for a beginner?". Since time is so valuable to many us this is a very important question with an answer that can also reduce the level of frustration experienced by many. The answer is a timber style double reed as achieving a ducky sound will be far easier than a single reed and the volume will be easier to control versus an open water style.