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Forum: Teacher's Lounge 07-17-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 300
Posted By bob864
Re: Better teaching methods?

It seems to me that the method you describe would probably be pretty good. It sounds a lot like how band an orchestra is taught in school. That's a big industry with a lot of competition to find the...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-15-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 507
Posted By bob864
Re: Hugh MacCallum on Practicing

I always do as much of my practice on bagpipes as possible.
Forum: Piobaireachd 07-04-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By bob864
Re: PS Book History

William Donaldson, in his book The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, writes about the history of the PS books.

In addition to the more popular books, one might consider Jimmy McIntosh's Ceol Mor...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-02-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 525
Posted By bob864
Re: 78 rpm

Fair enough, but would you play any random gig with your drones out of tune?
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-02-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 205
Posted By bob864
Brian Boru Pipe Band of Kearny, NJ

Hopefully this link will work. My Dad played in the Brian Boru Pipe Band of Kearny, NJ in the late 1950s. I'm not sure what this location is but it's probably either Kearny or NYC.

I have his...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-02-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 525
Posted By bob864
Re: 78 rpm

That's part of what I find really interesting. You'd assume that the King's Piper would at least be competent. My conclusion is that our definition of "competency" is at a higher level. I think...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-02-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 590
Posted By bob864
Re: Practice Chanter Recommendations

You can take the reed out and the body of the PC will still make sounds. Then make a partial plug to create however much backpressure you want.
Forum: Beer Tent 06-30-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 932
Posted By bob864
Re: Video and audio recordings

I don't think that's necessarily the case. The iphone seems to have a frequency response from 20hz to 20khz and it wouldn't if it was just for voice.

I made this recording on an iPhone 4 with the...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-29-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 932
Posted By bob864
Re: Video and audio recordings

I've never used a gopro, but I doubt you'd be happy with the audio.

For what you describe, I think a zoom h1 would be a good choice. They're rated for up to 120dB, so you won't run into problems...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-29-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 525
Posted By bob864
78 rpm

I found an online repository of 78's that have been digitized. Using the search term bagpipe pulls up a few. The one here called Mallorca is somewhat interesting. The piper is PM Forsyth, who...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-28-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 598
Posted By bob864
Re: Any Key of A practice chanters aside from the ES Chanter?

A couple years ago I was at a workshop EJ Jones did and he had A chanters for everyone. I don't know if that's something he normally sells, but if I was in the market for one I'd email him and ask if...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-28-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,162
Posted By bob864
Re: Does different price mean different quality?

You can't tell by looking how a piece of wood will sound. But you can tap it.

For the most part how a piece of wood sounds doesn't make any difference in a wind instrument.

But a better piece...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-28-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,162
Posted By bob864
Re: Does different price mean different quality?

There was a thread here many years ago. Two pipe makers chimed in. One said that they just drop the wood into the CNC machines and use any wood for any pipes. Another said that when he sees a piece...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-28-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 572
Posted By bob864
Re: What happened to Omega Drone reeds

That sounds pretty good to me.

I listened on headphones and it sounded like I was playing. Really cool!

Regarding the Omegas, they are heavy and finicky. Most people probably don't want to...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-28-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 932
Posted By bob864
Re: Video and audio recordings

If your budget reaches $250 I'd suggest the Shure MV88+. It's a high quality microphone that you can use with iOS and Android devices.

For just audio recording, a Zoom H1 is probably the best...
Forum: Music 06-28-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,279
Posted By bob864
Re: "Outlander Tunes"

I heard some version of Coming Through the Rye. We're on about episode six of season one.

The show, at least so far, really doesn't make use of music the way it could. Skye Boat Song is probably...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-18-2019, 08:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,321
Posted By bob864
Re: Tunes for a new smallpiper

If you have a tubing cutter they work great for shortening a mouthpiece.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-17-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,321
Posted By bob864
Re: Tunes for a new smallpiper

So it sounds like you should take the stick out and dump the water from the stock. If you look down inside you'll probably see some sort of device in there with a flapper valve and a kind of groove...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-15-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,321
Posted By bob864
Re: Tunes for a new smallpiper

Is it a wooden set? One assumes that since you're worried about moisture it's a mouthblown set.

My Soutar SSP is mouthblown and made entirely of plastic. I usually unzip the bag when I'm done...
Forum: Adult Pipers 06-15-2019, 07:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,272
Posted By bob864
Re: Peaks and valleys of the learning process

No. That's just wasted energy.

It's hard, and it's supposed to be hard. The only thing we can do is methodically work towards our goals. I usually work on something three or four times, and then...
Forum: In Memoriam 06-15-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 463
Posted By bob864
Charles Rogers

My Dad passed away at the age of 76. Fell and hit his head.

That's him, far left, with the pipes. Sometime between 1960 and 1964.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/bNZrWCbb4e6mmVUZ6
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-10-2019, 07:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,321
Posted By bob864
Re: tunes for a new smallpiper

It's definitely true that with the GHB the lower notes are louder, while on the SSP, the lower notes are softer.

Many people argue that because of that it sounds better if you avoid some of the...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-10-2019, 02:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,610
Posted By bob864
Re: Tunes with Great Stories Behind Them?

Green Hills of Tyrol has a great story -- note for note from Rossini's opera William Tell.

So does Amazing Grace. AG might be the most interesting tune for a Southern audience given the South...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-10-2019, 02:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,321
Posted By bob864
Re: tunes for a new smallpiper

If you're sure you'll never play GHB, then you'll find you have a lot more flexibility in fingering. You can play the chanter completely closed, completely open, or with GHB (i.e. partly closed)...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-29-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,477
Posted By bob864
Re: Reeding a 440 Maclellen chanter

I'd send Roddy an email and see what he suggests.
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