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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-07-2020, 08:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 215
Re: The WARBL MIDI Controller - very realistic uilleann pipe sound and fingering!

Great questions! The pressure is what you observed, one pressure for the lower octave, and one for the higher. And yes, you are indeed correct about the actual nature of the uilleann pipes and the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-05-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 291
Re: Review Tim Gellaitry Pipes

I recently did a review on a 2017 set of Gellaitry pipes. Link here. (https://youtu.be/dEAQKe3Qs_4)

Overall, I felt they were a very well-balanced set of drones, easily reeded, though just a bit...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-03-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 215
The WARBL MIDI Controller - very realistic uilleann pipe sound and fingering!

The WARBL MIDI controller is amazing! Combined with Appcordians' Uilleann Pipe app, I now have a fully digital MIDI uilleann pipe that sounds incredibly realistic! ALL the audio in this video is...
Forum: Music 06-30-2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 123
"Smartly on the Down" - 9/8 (mostly!) march

My pipe band has spent years "curating" a list of tune names, and I thought this is as good of a time as any to start writing the melodies to go along with them! The first is "Smartly on the Down"...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-29-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 418
Re: Proper Doubling Cadence

I have a video on proper doubling technique here: https://youtu.be/ErPUtKUPr6Y. Hopefully this will help answer some questions!
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-24-2020, 06:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 708
Re: i hate taorluath

I know at least a few folks have benefitted from my taorluath video: https://youtu.be/HmlFPU-AeNY...
Forum: Music 06-23-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 161
"The Highland Quarantini" - new 4-part hornpipe

Finishing up my Quarantine Medley with a hornpipe, "The Highland Quarantini" (https://youtu.be/oMQFaRxlAys)! It's a fun if rather challenging tune. Free PDF and MP3 in the description!

Recipe for...
Forum: Music 06-16-2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 131
"The COJIG Vid" - New 4-part Jig

My Quarantine Medley is already done! Today's is the jig "The COJIG Vid" (https://youtu.be/FICfagmtFw8), a 4-part jig based on the same core melody as the other tunes in the set. Now just to get the...
Forum: Music 06-09-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
"The Social Distance" - new Slow Air (with harmony)

"The Social Distance" (https://youtu.be/PblnzmiD7yA) is the latest tune in my Quarantine Set. It's a bit somber, but so is having to keep our distance from those in our life we love. Free MP3 & PDF...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-05-2020, 04:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,639
Re: Ackland 480 Drone Reeds - Play Test, Comparison, & Review!

Jenni: I play the same strength you do (30-32), FWIW...
Forum: Music 06-02-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 260
"The Pipe Major's Lament for the 11th Missed Rehearsal" - New Competition 2/4 March

I thought I'd continue with my Quarantine Medley with the second installment in the set, The Pipe Major's Lament for the 11th Missed Rehearsal (https://youtu.be/E1USY4d9Q_A), a competition 2/4 march....
Forum: Music 05-26-2020, 11:35 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 265
New strathspey "The Crowded Isolation" (free PDF & MP3)

Inspired by current quarantine, and living with 4 other members of my multi-generational family in a not overly large home. It's been a bit snug, but snug can be inspiring it appears. The tune's...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-22-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 545
Play test & Review Maverick Practice Chanter

This thing is cool! For those that haven't seen it, the Maverick practice chanter is offered in a ton of different color combinations. In this video, I unbox and play test this fantastic new product!...
Forum: Adult Pipers 05-18-2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 693
Re: Hand exercises

I made a video not too long ago talking about some techniques that have really helped me stretch and warm up my hands: https://youtu.be/dc_JOtOxWAs

Hope you find it helpful. Cheers!
Forum: Beer Tent 05-16-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 506
Re: Online lessons

I also give Skype/online lessons. You can find me at either through my YouTube page (http://www.youtube.com/MattWillisBagpiper) or my personal website (http://www.mattpiper.com). Always happy to...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-12-2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,700
Re: Worst Advice Ever?

Ha! You win the Internet today, sir.
Forum: Beer Tent 05-12-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,700
Re: Worst Advice Ever?

Before even starting, I heard a piper playing at a Renaissance Fair and after the performance, told him how much I wanted to learn. He said "you're too short, and your hands are too small. You don't...
Forum: Music 05-11-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Re: Publishing company for "Molly Connell" by James Wark?

Oh, I have the sheet music, I just don't have permission to share the sheet music. I suspect the RSPBA has permission to share the sheet music, and if needed, I could always send folks that way to...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-11-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,327
Re: Tone of new MacRae's

That mix and match just cries old school to me. That's one of my favorite parts of them SL1!

Supremely unhelpful (as I go and start looking at Canadian retailers...)
Forum: Music 05-11-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Re: Publishing company for "Molly Connell" by James Wark?

That's great! One page I found said "the late" James Wark, so I'm glad they were wrong! I've added him as a friend and hopefully can start a conversation soon. All the help here is appreciated,...
Forum: Music 05-10-2020, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Publishing company for "Molly Connell" by James Wark?

Hello! Would anyone here know the publishing company or rights holder to James Wark's famous tune "Molly Connell"? It's by far my favorite strathspey to teach beginners the idiom and would love to...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-10-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,327
Re: Tone of new MacRae's

I don't often suffer from BAS (bagpipe acquisition syndrome), as my two current sets (Henderson Heritage and The Robbies by McGillivray/Dunbar) are incredible, but... I'd LOVE to get my hands on a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-03-2020, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,139
Re: bag for second set

I think you'd be better off with a cowhide bag (Lee & Sons or Gannawway) than a synthetic. As another poster said, synth bags in my experience tend to fail after time whether played or not in a way...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 04-30-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 901
Re: An experiment in notation

I prefer it, though I wouldn't notate the D throw that way, as I don't play it that way (if playing a light throw, I play all three gracenotes the same length). But that's being pedantic. Overall,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-27-2020, 06:41 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,639
Re: Ackland 480 Drone Reeds - Play Test, Comparison, & Review!

That's pretty low! I would imagine most drone reeds could struggle at those numbers. 26-28 is about as low as I have ever found reeds to still sound good (with decent crow, and the needed crack on...
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