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Forum: Beer Tent Today, 07:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 313
Posted By CalumII
Re: Groped by women when performing?

It's also been reported in today's Times.


I've not had photography, to my knowledge, but I've experienced groping and prosecco-fuelled questioning. While it doesn't bother me personally - as...
Forum: Technique & Instrument Yesterday, 02:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 285
Posted By CalumII
Re: Easy tape trick to help you birl!

Yes, though you're also moving the centre of the hole slightly higher up the chanter, which will counteract the effect of the smaller hole being flatter. I should think it's pretty marginal. But I...
Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 11:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 220
Posted By CalumII
Re: End of Piping Times and Piping Today.

A great shame, and undoubtedly a loss to future generations. The piping world needs at least one journal of record. Internet news sites are all very well but archiving is haphazard and technology...
Forum: Music Yesterday, 11:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,435
Posted By CalumII
Re: The Pipe Music of the Western People

While looking up something unrelated, I discovered that both books mentioned here are listed in Pekaar, and interestingly there is a tune in the "Killasser Ceilidhe" listed as being by Donald MacLeod...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-22-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,919
Posted By CalumII
Re: Is it worth my while to get smallpipes?

A fair bit, yes. That said I would decide on the basis of mouth-blown or bellows blown. (I'm not much of a fan of mouth-blown smallpipes for this and other reasons, but I'm not the one buying them!)
Forum: Music 11-22-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 697
Posted By CalumII
Re: Help me understand Piobaireachd

That's a pretty typical reaction. The music comes from a culture that has long vanished, and it's impossible now to hear it in the context it was made. It's as strange to our ears as any particular...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-20-2020, 10:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By CalumII
Re: reed making kits

The videos are no longer available, as they were on a premium hosting plan - I've been meaning to ask Shawn if I could grab a copy, but never gotten round to it.


If Shawn doesn't have them still...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-20-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 172
Posted By CalumII
The World Cup of Bagpipe Tune Collections

Twitter users will know that a regular feature of the site is "World Cups" of various categories, such as London Tube stations or sandwiches.



Now it's our turn. I have compiled a shortlist...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-18-2020, 04:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Posted By CalumII
Re: Question on Hardies....

Yes, some Hardies were great instruments. I always keep an eye out for 70s era instruments made for the MOD; I don't know what, if any, spec these were made to but these are often fantastic, steady...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-18-2020, 04:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 660
Posted By CalumII
Re: What are chanters worth?

As far as prices go, I think it's a case of 100 for a wooden tube with holes, 900 to have the holes in the right place. They're expensive, yes, but considering the level of knowledge and...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 11-17-2020, 12:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By CalumII
Re: Left handed student

The trouble with these things is you see the ones that work; you don't see the ones that had to give up the instrument because a crooked wrist led to chronic pain while playing.
Forum: Music 11-17-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 222
Posted By CalumII
Re: SCQF4 tunes

Some years ago Robert Wallace at the College put together a list, it has of course long vanished but I have managed to track an archived copy down:

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Forum: Music 11-16-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 531
Posted By CalumII
Re: Can anyone tell me the 2/4 March

Apologies to the people following along at home, but I understood you the first time. We do not hand learners instruments and leave them to have at it. We instruct them until they have the maturity...
Forum: Music 11-16-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 531
Posted By CalumII
Re: Can anyone tell me the 2/4 March

I'm absolutely certain that I didn't, and don't, and moreover your history is back to front.
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 11-16-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 241
Posted By CalumII
Re: Increasing frequency

You need two things, a good instrument that you trust as a reference and reeds that perform well in that reference.


So first of all, what happens when you take reeds that are at the correct...
Forum: Music 11-16-2020, 05:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 531
Posted By CalumII
Re: Can anyone tell me the 2/4 March

If you think that's the attitude that a good dance band has to the music I have news for you.



It's traditional music, not "folk" music, whatever that means, and the standards of properly...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-13-2020, 06:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,542
Posted By CalumII
Re: The GPB (Great Pakistani Bagpipes)

Well said, Dan. As an aside, it's obvious from social media there are a fair number of people in places like Pakistan and China taking a more serious interest in the instrument and sooner or later...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 11-12-2020, 07:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By CalumII
Re: Left handed student

To be clear, I would recommend that the top hand is the bag arm. Yes, it can be overcome, but I'd suggest trying an opposite handed set if you think it's a good option. That stretch on the bag arm...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-12-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By CalumII
Re: Breathing technique...

Good news: nine times out of ten, you can get away with simply adding a few turns of hemp over the top of whatever's there. Usually complete replacement is only necessary if it's rotted away or been...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 11-10-2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 369
Posted By CalumII
Re: Old pipes/goose restoration

Generally bags can be considered consumables. Occasionally they can be rescued though in this kind of situation I'd recommend against it.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-10-2020, 10:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 425
Posted By CalumII
Re: Pipe ID

Michty. Hope the purchasers are budgeting for a bucket of bleach.
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 11-10-2020, 07:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By CalumII
Re: Left handed student

If he's happy right hand on top I'd carry on that way, and have him play mirror image. I wouldn't put the bag on the left shoulder - it has been done from time to time but I don't think it's the...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-08-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,145
Posted By CalumII
Re: Chanter tuning struggle, the high notes

The staple inside the reed is flattened into a slight oval, which controls the opening of the reed tips, so yep, that's what you're trying to adjust. If you have an old reed, take it apart to see...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-03-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tune ID

Enjoy! (And do make sure to get the full six parted version in all it's glory!)
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-03-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,145
Posted By CalumII
Re: Chanter tuning struggle, the high notes

Can you tell us what kind of chanter and reeds you have, and what pitch you're trying to tune to?



For a very easy reed, it is quite common for the top notes to be a bit "out of control" and...
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