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Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 09:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,551
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Iíve met my threshold and itís 15 degrees

At one of my pub gigs for St Patrick's Day, it was snowing outside. I yelled out, "Maybe I should be playing Christmas music." and started playing Jingle Bells. It got a laugh and the tip can did a...
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 03-18-2019, 07:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,412
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: What the bartender misunderstood

Neither; she's married.
Why this got moved here, when it's an anecdote and not a joke is beyond me.
Forum: Music 03-18-2019, 07:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Favorite sea shanties anyone?

For style, I might look to tunes for Northumbrian and Border pipes. They seem to have a bit more sea shanty sound than a lot of GHB tunes.
Forum: Beer Tent 03-15-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,224
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Why does a piper play a gig like this?

This might be more suited to its own topic, but I think there's a point where we as pipers have to politely put our foot down when negotiating a gig. I can't imagine this was just a pick up the phone...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-12-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 266
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Parlor Pipes Help

They are Pakistani parlour pipes. The wood is sheesham, sometimes called cocus or rosewood, but it's not a high quality bagpipe timber. You can either treat them as an experiment or go the wall...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-10-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 919
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: What's your least favorite type of gig?

Funerals would probably be my "favorite" because I feel like I'm doing something helpful. The don't call me The Grim Piper for nothing. ;)
I wouldn't mind weddings so much if they came with less...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-09-2019, 08:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 919
Posted By TwitchyFingers
What's your least favorite type of gig?

I'm always glad and thankful to have a gig, but this evening was the type of gig I hate. The Noisy Decoration/Strolling Minstrel type party gig. Cavernous location where a 105 decibel chanter reed...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-09-2019, 08:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 939
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: A hollow victory and a question

With the current popularity of the show, Outlander, you might do well to play The Skye Boat Song. Easy tune and people might sing along. Slow it down a little for the show version. ...
Forum: Music 03-06-2019, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 390
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Australian Tune

Glad to help. Nice tune. I think I'll learn it.
Forum: Music 03-06-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 390
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Australian Tune

Won by a Mr. Jack Dempsey(not of boxing fame) of the Emmanuel College Highlanders, formerly the Queensland Highlanders.
Listen here on smallpipes:...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-06-2019, 12:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 712
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Ever feel like you've "Lost it"?

So, with the stateside St Patrick's Day gigs coming up, we're dusting off old chestnut tunes and hopefully practicing a bit more than usual to be ready for gigs.
But did you ever feel like your...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 03-05-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 587
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Repaired my bag, got questions...

I put a hole in a Ross bag once. Instead of trying adhesive patches, I put a small piece of maple dowel with a groove around it through the hole and tied it in like an extra stock. That repair lasted...
Forum: Music 03-01-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 364
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Logan's Complete Tutor Nameless Reel

If you go to the Ceol Sean master index, you'll find a lot of tunes listed in different books as just "reel". It's either a tune that's old enough to have a few different names, or picked up by ear...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-28-2019, 04:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,162
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Bagpipe prices c1950

If this inflation calculator site is correct, $265 is quite a lot of money back then.

According to the site; "The pre-1975 data are the Consumer Price Index statistics from Historical Statistics...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-24-2019, 03:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,390
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Polyester thread instead of hemp = game changer!

I've been hemping pipes with dental floss since at least 2000. I have found no difficulties by doing it; only advantages. For it to be abrasive is pish unless you're torquing your drones at 1200 rpm....
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-24-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 717
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Trouble making chanter reeds - advice?

I'm sorry. I typed that rather late at night and may have had a few.
I meant between C# and D. Once I thought of D, I got musically dyslexic and went to the 3rd after D (F#) instead of the 3rd...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-23-2019, 12:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 717
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Trouble making chanter reeds - advice?

No. For most smallpipe reeds I've made, especially synthetic, I aim for a clear tone somewhere between the 3rd or 4th above the scale tonic.
For example, if I'm making a reed for a chanter in A, I'm...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-21-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,868
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Your own funeral

I see what you did there. ;)
Forum: Beer Tent 02-18-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,868
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Your own funeral

Make sure they put a white silk scarf, leather helmet and aviator goggles on you just to add to the confusion. Or an unopened parachute.
Forum: Beer Tent 02-15-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 608
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Gibson pipes

Yup. My set is from 2005 and I love them.
Forum: Beer Tent 02-13-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,868
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Your own funeral

No pipes at the funeral. No piper. I want my pipes laying symbolically silent on top of the casket or at the foot of the altar. Maybe toss in a broken paintbrush and an empty tube of paint.
And none...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-05-2019, 11:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,252
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Another Odd Duck Music Question...

I used to keep a music notebook by the bed to write down tunes that came to me in dreams. I got quite a few good ones in that other realm of the dream world. Sadly, those don't happen anymore. The...
Forum: Music 02-05-2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Expression on Fourth Part in The Kitchenpiper

Seems you can only edit once. Patrick caught it. Please disregard the mistyped reference to The Clumsy Lover.
Forum: Music 02-05-2019, 12:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Expression on Fourth Part in The Kitchenpiper

Kitchenpiper.

ADDA DDDA DEFD EDBA
Forum: Beer Tent 02-04-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,941
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge

I've done it for a knockabout pub set 15 or more years ago. Luckily, the drones were actually smooth on the bores. I got them sounding good, but when you figure what you're going to spend on drone...
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