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Forum: Beer Tent 02-12-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Using up a memorial fund

A collection, dedicated to the deceased, of the classic and some new piping books at the local public library? That way, area pipers would have a music resource center nearby.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-29-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 592
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Lignum vitae

One difficulty is what was historically known as lignum vitae is no longer harvested or sold (at least legally). The replacement wood, vera wood, is considered a very good substitute. It can be as...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-09-2020, 01:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,231
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Wedding dilemma

As for decorum, the wedding is the daughter's day. The father on her arm is a sedate and distinguished addition to the daughter's day. Heck, the groom on the way out is still an accoutrement to the...
Forum: Music 12-11-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,040
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Lament at funerals

I was going to ask your advice, recently, Barry. I had to play a funeral for someone from Nova Scotia and was wondering if there are any tunes/laments particular or more appreciated by people from...
Forum: Music 12-03-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,742
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Am I really expected to play double D-gracenotes on certain triplets in jigs?

If you can find the music, look up a reel by John Walsh called The Korgi. It's a pleasant and melodic tune, fairly easy, and very good for practicing tachums and high g/d gracenote exchanges.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 12-03-2019, 05:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,204
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Pipers in the old days

And think...some day, a century or more from now, people will look at pictures of us with similar interest for the days of old.
Forum: Beer Tent 12-03-2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,100
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Forum activity levels

One of my pipe students is 16 years old and has looked here, but says he prefers Reddit bagpipe topics/discussions. :shrug:
As of late, I've barely had time for here, farcebook or to check out...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-15-2019, 01:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 706
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: What if PM's were like Fletcher from the movie Whiplash?

If PM's were like him, there would be a thriving industry in testicular replacement prosthetics.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-31-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,082
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Any Favorite Tunes for All Hallows Eve?

Burning of the Piper's Hut

Maybe not a Halloween tune, but then again arson used to be a big problem in Detroit around Halloween.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-23-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 791
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: FOUND!: Silver & ivory Robertsons (UK)

Great to hear they're safe!!!
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 10-22-2019, 01:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,436
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Finish for Katalox SSP

For your outside finish, the grain on katalox is a bit more open than blackwood, so you're going to want to sand down to as fine a grit as you can so the fibres are as flat as possible. Between...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-07-2019, 12:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 600
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Hand turning

I love the video, and I learned quite a bit about turning from other things you've put on the net.
I made a p.c. recently for a new student, who's an engineer, and he couldn't believe people can...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-17-2019, 01:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 623
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: bass drums & pace makers

I've heard it is more often a concern for people with pacemakers avoiding large, stack type speakers in a dance club/concert hall setting as it relates more to EMF(electro-magnetic frequency) than it...
Forum: Music 09-05-2019, 01:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 666
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Jazz standards for GHB?

I've been wracking my brain for a jazz standard that fits the chanter's abilities without fudging an octave. About the only one that I can think of in our range is Moonglow. I tried it. It fits. And...
Forum: Music 09-04-2019, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 666
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Jazz standards for GHB?

You'd have to stay on the B instead of going to the octave F. In retrospect, Summertime isn't the best suggestion.
Forum: Music 09-04-2019, 01:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 666
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Jazz standards for GHB?

George Gershwin's "Summertime" works and the drones shouldn't get in the way of the backup band. Start on your F.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-02-2019, 09:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 490
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Delrin border pipes?

Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-27-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 823
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Was there a rise in chanter pitch at the Worlds this year?

I'd love to see one of the top bands come out and win at 466hz and see everyone scramble to get vintage chanters and drone reed extenders.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-25-2019, 01:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 823
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Was there a rise in chanter pitch at the Worlds this year?

I watched a lot of the BBC videos, but didn't test with my tuner. Did pitch rise? If so, to what number? The videos didn't seem drastically sharper this year.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-19-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,704
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Scottish Power - aluminium foil?

Reportedly, it worked.
Looks-wise, you'd think they were saving bridies to eat as soon as they walk off the field.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-17-2019, 03:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,288
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Low G won't sharpen

Bumping post to see if there was ever a resolution to this problem.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-12-2019, 12:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,365
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Head shakers

Guy comes up to me in a parade with the band:
"Are there actual songs for the bagpipe, or do you just make it up as you go along?"
Me: "Yeah, we're all so magically psychic that 20 of us can make...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-10-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,086
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Chanter reeds, what makes good, what makes bad?

I wish the phragmites australis that grows in Michigan was useful for reeds. That invasive junk is taking over.
Forum: Music 08-05-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,084
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Rakes of Mallow pipe tune

This has been an interesting discussion. :thumb:
Rakes of Mallow is also a great tune for teaching students high G and D gracenote patterns.
Forum: Music 07-28-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,084
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Rakes of Mallow pipe tune

I'd always thought it was an old Irish tune, but I notice Sir Charles Forbes sometimes listed as the composer and also see it alternately titled as "Sir Charles Forbes of Edinglassie's Quickstep."...
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