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Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 12:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 639
Posted By CalumII
Re: The reverse hands challenge

Well done Peter! It's a surprisingly interesting exercise, I've learnt quite a lot from trying to improve at it.
Forum: Webmaster & Software Yesterday, 05:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 99
Posted By CalumII
Re: Online rehearsal tech?

There is basically no way for a group to play together online unless you're willing to invest in broadcast-level technology; just too much latency.


In terms of productive practice, you might...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-01-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 313
Posted By CalumII
Re: 100% Cane Pipe Bag!

Funnily enough...



https://www.facebook.com/g1reeds/photos/a.185933998126161/3160906437295554/
Forum: Music 03-31-2020, 11:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By CalumII
Monthly composition thread

Keeping it slightly vague as to what month it refers to (we've all been a bit distracted), this month's prompt is a tune title, inspired by this Twitter thread:

...
Forum: Piobaireachd 03-31-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 282
Posted By CalumII
Re: leumluath movement

Yes, it's definitely one of the rarest bits of "standard" fingerwork out there.
Forum: Piobaireachd 03-31-2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 282
Posted By CalumII
Re: leumluath movement

The adeda/ademda is a different movement to the grip/leamluath, and to my mind it makes sense to think of it as being the same "thing" or category as the edre or dare, but on a D.



If you...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 03-30-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 298
Posted By CalumII
Re: Testing air tightness of bag

Yes, I've had bags that could remain tight overnight, but tbh I suspect videos like Bruce's are as much marketing as they are practical piping.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-30-2020, 06:47 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,747
Posted By CalumII
Re: Drone instability, poor blowing or moisture?

My observation is that large bags seem to make stock placement and blowpipe length less important, somehow. I like a small bag, but when I use one I'm pretty particular about having the drone stocks...
Forum: Music 03-30-2020, 06:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 183
Posted By CalumII
Re: Variation sequence question

I'd describe it as a rule that can be broken, but only when you know why the rule exists.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 03-30-2020, 06:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 298
Posted By CalumII
Re: Testing air tightness of bag

There isn't one right answer to this, but in general if you fully inflate it, and can't force in any more air after thirty seconds, you can't get much better.



To me, if it still feels tight...
Forum: Music 03-29-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 183
Posted By CalumII
Re: Variation sequence question

Those are the main structures. I can't think of obvious counterexamples to each of them but I'm sure there are some. And each structure can have additional variations, as required. It's more a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-27-2020, 06:04 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,747
Posted By CalumII
Re: Drone instability, poor blowing or moisture?

Yes, although it's possible for an easy reed to be stable it's much harder to achieve and needs more skill to manage - the main reason most bands play relatively stiff reeds.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-25-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,747
Posted By CalumII
Re: Drone instability, poor blowing or moisture?

While indeed bits of his drones could be falling off, addressing the most likely issues first are probably the place to start, and that's moisture control and blowing, because without those nothing...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-23-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 639
Posted By CalumII
Re: The reverse hands challenge

Well....now's the time to try ;)
Forum: Music 03-23-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 419
Posted By CalumII
Re: Heroes of Mull?

A lot of film and TV music is especially composed for music libraries that producers can select from. This is partly because it's cheaper but also because there are guaranteed to be no headaches...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-23-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 639
Posted By CalumII
The reverse hands challenge

Self-isolation might be taking its toll, but you are hereby challenged to video yourself playing a tune with your hands the wrong way round and post the result.



https://youtu.be/wVwDYIGwdb4 ...
Forum: Music 03-23-2020, 05:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By CalumII
Re: Stories behind "Piper's Cave"

Yes, it's easy to imagine such a nickname would follow the actual physical location around. But if it was written in Cairo that seems pretty conclusive!
Forum: Beer Tent 03-22-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,005
Posted By CalumII
Re: Post Pandemic bag hygiene

Also remember most copper pennies are not made of copper.



You can get copper washers which will be made of actual copper and have a useful hole in the middle should they land in the wrong...
Forum: Music 03-22-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By CalumII
Re: Stories behind "Piper's Cave"

I had always assumed it was named after the band room in Cameron Barracks, Inverness, which was nicknamed the Piper's Cave.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-22-2020, 07:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 521
Posted By CalumII
Re: soft grip?

An interesting experiment is to tune your drones well, then play an (in tune) C against them while varying your finger height. Surprising what an effect on intonation there is.
Forum: Music 03-20-2020, 05:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,018
Posted By CalumII
Forum: Beer Tent 03-19-2020, 04:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 397
Posted By CalumII
Re: How big of a pitch range can you get out of your chanters?

With reed manipulation and a willingness to tape, you can get a good half a semitone plus or minus "design" pitch. I got a standard Warnock chanter down to B flat when it was all I had many years...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 03-18-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 641
Posted By CalumII
Re: Chanter reed elastic question

Yes, it's pretty normal to need to use less elastic over time. My experience has been that you can check it every few weeks and see if you can move it down a bit.
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 03-17-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 511
Posted By CalumII
Re: Flute fingers

Firstly, it's import to reassure that you understand that it feels counter-intuitive, and that you can clearly explain why the finger position is different.



Make sure they understand they...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-17-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By CalumII
Re: Chanter reed starting out really flat

True! I think it's the air inside the chanter more than the chanter, but definitely.
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