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Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 01-05-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 498
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Green Hills of Tyrol earliest setting

Well, that’s really interesting. I have to admit, it’s easy to take the romantic view of the GHB and all things “highland.”

I have always wondered about the true origin of bagpipes, after all...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 01-05-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 498
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Green Hills of Tyrol earliest setting

Could it also be that Green Hills was arranged for various pipes independently of each other?

I’d hate to think that we’d feel the need to dismiss the John MacLeod story as fanciful. Given the...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-30-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 942
Posted By Green Piper
Re: "Scottish" DNA results for native-born Scots

No we didn’t. Our aim was simply to test PCR primers for genes that show single letter differences between modern humans and supposed Neanderthals. They primers were designed as a lockdown research...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-29-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 942
Posted By Green Piper
Re: "Scottish" DNA results for native-born Scots

The haplogroup studies use other types of DNA data that is highly variable. One type of these are called microsatellites which are sets of randomly repeated DNA nucleotides. For example, a repeat...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-29-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 942
Posted By Green Piper
Re: "Scottish" DNA results for native-born Scots

As an evolutionary biologist, I find these kind of studies interesting, but also the fact that we get results that sometimes appear surprising.

Consider that there are a number of hypotheses...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 12-03-2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,262
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Chanter tuning struggle, the high notes

I play a Shepherd ABW and really like it. After playing various others (Naill, Medallist, McC2), I borrowed my teacher’s Shepherd for an entire competition season. He’d added a heavy silver sole...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-11-2020, 04:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,961
Posted By Green Piper
Re: 1950's Robertsons

The bass may be fine with the right combo of tenor reeds.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-11-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,961
Posted By Green Piper
Re: 1950's Robertsons

Patrick,

I swapped out my Rocket cf bass for Kinnaird Evo bass and “yes” the buzz is from the bass not the tenors. It was a crude trial as I haven’t tweaked the bass to fully match the tenors yet....
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-10-2020, 07:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,961
Posted By Green Piper
Re: 1950's Robertsons

Patrick,

Thanks. Funny though..... your Ezee tenors sound a little buzzer than mine, but that could be the recording method.

I’ll have to get a quick recording of mine to compare.

Charlie
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-09-2020, 02:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,961
Posted By Green Piper
Re: 1950's Robertsons

Patrick,

Please grab a recording of Ezee tenors and Kinnaird bass if you can. It’d be good to see how other folk feel about that combo.

Charlie
Forum: Adult Pipers 11-08-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,437
Posted By Green Piper
Need advice to help with a decision on GHB

I just wrote a long reply, then saw the OP’s update. Deleted the redundant advice.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-08-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,961
Posted By Green Piper
Re: 1950's Robertsons

Well I plugged my glass fiber rockets into my Robertson tenors. So, I’d say:

1. Ackland
2. Rockets
3. Kinnaird

I have tried Ackland’s in my Robertsons. They’re bold and buzzy’ish. However,...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-03-2020, 12:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,262
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Chanter tuning struggle, the high notes

Maria,

I assume you’re referring to the pipe chanter rather than practice chanter.

There are a number of good apps that’ll help with pipe chanter tuning. I use one called Braw tuner. I have it...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-29-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Why are some better than others ?

I think we only disagree on the extent of genetics over practice, or vice versa.

Charlie
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-27-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Why are some better than others ?

Maybe a large component is down to practice, but at the top tiers, sometimes the little extras really count.

Either way, I firmly believe that genetics plays an important part in musical ability -...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-26-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Why are some better than others ?

CallumII,

Environment has a huge impact too, sorry if my post seemed to underplay that.

Anyway, a specific example of genetics possibly impacting piping ability is the independence of movement...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-25-2020, 05:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Why are some better than others ?

People’s abilities to successfully play bagpipes also simply boil down to natural variation in humans.

Think about this:

1. Unless, we’re identical twins, we’re genetically unique. This is...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-23-2020, 04:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 936
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Do you swap your drones? (Poll)

They’re originals from the 1930’s. I told myself that when I made it to gr3, I’d treat myself. They were a consignment set sold via Island Bagpipes.

I think Ringo Bowen has pictures of them as...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-23-2020, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 936
Posted By Green Piper
Do you swap your drones? (Poll)

I swapped my McCallum drones for some Robertson drones.

As for swabbing, I only swab my drones after a long playing session when it is humid or cold. Otherwise, I let them air dry.

Bear-in-mind...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 09-22-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 739
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Electronic Tone Trainer

I have this device and it works fairly well. It’d be even better coupled to a pitch detector so you can see the direct effect of pressure and pitch.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-09-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 906
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Tape for drone reed tongues

I thought everyone had a small balance for their record player stylus weight?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-09-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 906
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Tape for drone reed tongues

If you cut really small bits of tape such as tunetape, you can get it to work. Try sizes such as 3mm sq. It doesn’t take much weight to effect the pitch.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-28-2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,639
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Soliciting input on drone sounds

The tenors in the first recording sounded more buzzy to me. I listened using my iPad. It seemed like the chanter/drone balance was impacted in the first recording because of this, although in...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-26-2020, 04:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,424
Posted By Green Piper
Re: 2020 setup?

My setup hasn’t changed, although I have tried some other reed combos. I still come back to:

Drones - Robertson
Drone reeds - Ezee tenors, Rocket bass
Chanter - Shepherd ABW
Chanter reed -...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-25-2020, 08:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,243
Posted By Green Piper
Re: Constructive Criticism for Pipers

They did bring the visible CPL’s back. As I heard it, some competitors (not sure if band or solo) got stroppy about their CPL and gave judges flack. If this is the case, then I understand why they...
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