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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + Today, 02:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 241
Posted By CalumII
Re: Smallpipes in other pitches besides A or D?

The trend these days is pretty strongly towards concert pitch, whether F or G. F+ had more to do with the changes of concert pitch over the years than any inherent quality in that exact frequency,...
Forum: Beer Tent Today, 09:35 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,776
Posted By CalumII
Re: Worst Advice Ever?

I think we're all guilty sometimes of dispensing pearls of wisdom without being able to justify it or know when to make an exception. For example, where does the "two strands of hemp showing" rule...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + Today, 09:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 241
Posted By CalumII
Re: Smallpipes in other pitches besides A or D?

Yes, somewhere around F is the standard historical pitch, though G is becoming more popular for practical reasons. Northumbrians play with a more classical, fingertips on holes style, which is much...
Forum: Beer Tent Today, 09:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By CalumII
Re: Kintail gone or not?

I don't know anything about the website or the state of the business but I was always under the impression Greig's son Drew was always expected to carry it on.
Forum: Technique & Instrument Yesterday, 07:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By CalumII
Re: Fagerstrom HG Stinking

Not sure about fixing it, but the issue is that the notes have been tuned to equal temperament - you'll notice C is well out with the A as well.



If it can produce a MIDI out, it could be...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + Yesterday, 07:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 241
Posted By CalumII
Re: Smallpipes in other pitches besides A or D?

Yes, the Montgomery pipes are E-ish. I've had a go on a reproduction, and it's manageable, but you can't really play in a standard GHB style if that's an issue.


(BTW, narrowing the bore...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + Yesterday, 06:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 241
Posted By CalumII
Re: Smallpipes in other pitches besides A or D?

Yes, it's perfectly possible. Most keys aren't common for two reasons - A and D are most musically useful for trad musicians, followed closely by C, and secondly, the comfortable range in terms of...
Forum: Pipe Bands 06-02-2020, 06:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 340
Posted By CalumII
Re: First pipe band any advice?

Try to attend as regularly as you can, pay attention when stuff is going on or about to be going on, be on top of your maintenance and learn the music as quickly as you can. Practice regularly and...
Forum: Ladies' Room 05-31-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 172
Posted By CalumII
Re: Newbie having problems with spacing my fingers

Your hands are fine; small children handle pipe chanters easily. Hold your hand out flat in front of you and spread your fingers out. Notice that the middle two stay where they are, but the outer...
Forum: Music 05-30-2020, 05:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 178
Posted By CalumII
Re: Seeking "Rogue's March" for GHB

Is that the one on Wikipedia, Adam? If so it can be made to fit by shifting it all up one note.
Forum: Piobaireachd 05-28-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 308
Posted By CalumII
Re: Alt Pibroch Club?

I'm glad to hear that Keith. I've got a note on a to-do list to make an archive copy of the site in case it went offline (undone, of course...), but I'm glad to hear it's in good hands.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-26-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,583
Posted By CalumII
Re: Ridge or straight cut, which to you prefer?

Andrew has provided a very helpful visual guide here: (scroll down)



https://www.bagpipejourney.com/articles/chanterreed.shtml
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-24-2020, 03:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 546
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tuning chamber concern

It's normal, not deleterious, and doesn't need fixing urgently.


A pipemaker can easily ream them back to cylinders, but I wouldn't worry about it until they're in for something else or it...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-23-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,509
Posted By CalumII
Re: Impossible birls on Peter Henderson plastic chanter

Trouble with baby powder is getting hold of the babies. Mothers can be surprisingly fierce.
Forum: Music 05-23-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 475
Posted By CalumII
Re: Composition methodology

I tend to compose with practice chanter and piece of paper. I don't write the tune out in detail, just melody notes and only necessary gracenotes, or things like a ~ sign for an ornament. Like most...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-23-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 422
Posted By CalumII
Re: Play test & Review Maverick Practice Chanter

It's just sheets of veneer, dyed and glued up and then cut into turning blanks. No idea if he's doing it himself or buying it in from a commercial supplier. Easy enough to do though.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-20-2020, 04:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 488
Posted By CalumII
Re: Experience with Hamish Moore highlands...?

They are copies of a set of pipes called the "black set of Kintail", a historic set that happens to be pitched around modern A.


A quick google isn't very informative as it conflicts with the...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-18-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,776
Posted By CalumII
Re: Worst Advice Ever?

Big if, there. I don't know you or your standard of play, but I do know the people you're talking to.
Forum: Music 05-17-2020, 10:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By CalumII
Re: Old Embellishment

I'm not aware of any evidence that the grip was, apart from the second low A, ever played substantially differently to how we do now. Both Joseph MacDonald and Glen, the only two tutors who go into...
Forum: Music 05-17-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 341
Posted By CalumII
Re: The Braes of killiecrankie

It's in Scots Guards 1 and the Seaforths (the green book).
Forum: Music 05-17-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By CalumII
Re: Old Embellishment

Yep. You'll also often see the second low G written as a low A. Just substitute a modern grip.
Forum: Beer Tent 05-15-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,022
Posted By CalumII
Re: Respiratory droplets aerosolized pushed out the drones?

Very much this.



My understanding is coronavirus is transmitted only in "heavy" droplets that essentially have to be projected from one person to another, and that they don't hang around in...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-15-2020, 03:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,776
Posted By CalumII
Re: Worst Advice Ever?

This is perfectly sound advice, but it does need to be properly qualified. The question is what it is that actually creates proper pulsation in technique.
Forum: Music 05-13-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 226
Posted By CalumII
May (approximately) monthly composition thread

This week's thread was inspired by Reddit user /u/stac52 who in the middle of a discussion of the bubbly note came up with this excellent tune title:


"The Road To El Darodo"


The spelling...
Forum: Music 05-12-2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 525
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tune ID help

Hah, that'll be why I recognised it then - it's in my tunebook on there!
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