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Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-08-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,896
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: An ABW Pipe Chanter Question

One of the things I would be concerned with, in oiling a chanter, would be a tendency for the bore to swell, especially in the chanter throat. That could cause a lot of problems in tuning, volume and...
Forum: Music 12-06-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,127
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Irish Funeral

Nice version here with brass band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvjCMyrtE_o
Forum: Music 12-06-2018, 01:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,127
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Irish Funeral

Another one that's good to play at Irish funerals is Bonny Portmore, especially if you base your arrangement on Lorenna Mckennıt's version. It actually works on the highland pipe. Her recording is...
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 11-14-2018, 10:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Real Estate

There are five vacant houses for sale or rent within view of my own home.
You would think people didn't like bagpipes or something.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-13-2018, 06:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,662
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Modern Brakes on Tempo

I'm sure the Jack Lees and Angus MacColls of the world could play an open grade march at a quicker tempo without losing anything on technical points. If we're really slowing down the tunes to make...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-13-2018, 12:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,797
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: First time jitters

Sunday has passed. How did it go for you?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-12-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 326
Posted By TwitchyFingers
McCallum AP2 Acetyl Bagpipes

One of my students has gotten to the point of being ready for the pipes and his parents got him his Christmas gift early, in the form of McCallum AP2 Acetyl Bagpipes, with McCallum poly MC2 chanter....
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-10-2018, 01:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,797
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: First time jitters

If you miss a note/gracenote, don't try to go back and catch it by repeating. Plow right on through. Very few in the crowd will even recognize a small mistake if it happens. Those who do usually have...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-09-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 630
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Resistance to temperature ABW vs. Poly

Not really sure one way or another, but I found a good trick today. I had an outdoor funeral in snow & 35F. As I stood at the back of the graveside gathering, I crossed my arms and shoved my chanter...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 10-30-2018, 01:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,099
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: I made my own pipe bag

Research and development is a huge part of any product. If, as you were saying above, the bag can be re-lined and the outer part kept intact, would it be possible to consider the artistic part more...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-28-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 587
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: How much quieter

From checking my own reed making experiments with a decibel meter, my highland pipes (with a fairly light reed) are hitting 99-106db*. My border pipes fall somewhere between 87-91db*. My smallpipes...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-19-2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,444
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Practice Chanters - tuned to A or Bb?

Drummers with practice pads?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-13-2018, 07:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,444
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Practice Chanters - tuned to A or Bb?

This is why I make my student's practice chanters more like a smallpipe chanter. It's really not much more work in manufacture than it is to bang out a regular PC. If they get a good sounding, in...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 10-02-2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,099
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: I made my own pipe bag

Beautiful! Reminds me of a fine saddle.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-30-2018, 01:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 699
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Exercises/tunes for returning player?

The version I use is from an old Logan tutor, not listed in the Ceol Sean site, but certain arrangements of Devil Among The Tailors can be played without gracenotes. I use it for my students to get...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-29-2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 735
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Quick march at slow pace?

By the right...quick...amble!
Being long leggedy, I find I can outpace the party pretty quickly.
Since I'm not in a band anymore, I've learned it's okay to march out of step. Keep the beat in your...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-13-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 747
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: The Possible Cultural Antecedents...

A.G. also works surprisingly well to House of the Rising Sun by The Animals.

Back to the original topic, though.
Pip01, Hard Times Come Again No More is a kind of nice tune, but sounds a bit like...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-03-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,275
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Pakistani pipes laid to rest...

Very nice job on the painting! You may have increased the value of the pipes by making them into art. One of my painting instructors used to say "If you're wondering if your painting needs anything...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-27-2018, 01:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,833
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Just purchased Grainger & Campbell bagpipes

I intentionally bought a set of those on ebay some years ago for a bar gig set. They took a fair bit of work to get the best out of them, but after I fiddled with them, I liked the sound of them so...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-07-2018, 12:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 965
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Tartan Paint - Colours available?

A blue/green screen matching paint for a whole room could be fun.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-01-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,155
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Never Leave your pipes in the car in high summer.

In my bedroom, but we have central air conditioning.
Forum: Beer Tent 06-30-2018, 05:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,155
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Never Leave your pipes in the car in high summer.

We've been having a bit of a heatwave in Michigan with temps in the mid 90's F (low 30's Celsius). In Michigan, that's pretty hot, and it's most definitely not fun doing a gig in this by any means. I...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-23-2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 724
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Piper's Bonnet Case ideas?

In metric, the closest equivalent would be a 20 litre bucket.
Forum: Beer Tent 06-14-2018, 08:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 785
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: The making of a painting of pipers:

DaveB, I've always liked that painting. Someday, I'd really like to go to the national portrait gallery. Any other piper paintings, there? The third floor of the DIA has a lot of Flemish and Northern...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-13-2018, 09:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 785
Posted By TwitchyFingers
The making of a painting of pipers:

The Detroit Institute of Arts has been doing conservation and restoration on the 1566 oil-on-panel painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, "The Wedding Dance."
In the video, you can see how infrared...
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