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Forum: Beer Tent 11-23-2020, 10:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 858
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Highland goose to start?

Something else to consider. Because I started, for years, on small pipes, my fingering did not need to be precise, given how very forgiving a small pipe chanter is. Once I started on the big pipes...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-19-2020, 06:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 858
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Highland goose to start?

Of course, another option is to, after starting on the PC, simply cork the drones, work only on the chanter, then with one drone uncorked, then with two drones uncorked, then with all three. Isn't...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-29-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 967
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Time management as a multi-instrumentalist

I wonder if time management in this instance has less to with becoming technically competent on two different pipes, and more to with becoming conversant with a vast tradition. Many would say it...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-09-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,811
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Has pitch topped out?

Last I knew, Shepard made reeds for concert Bb chanters. Bought a couple just two years ago, and they are brilliant.

Matt
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-07-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 495
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: BorderPipe Questions

Chanter reed set-up can dramatically change the sound. Before you reach any conclusion regarding any particular maker's sound, you need to ascertain the current adjustment of the chanter reed you...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-30-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,349
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: First Exposure to Piping/Drumming

Three things come to mind:

Canadian massed pipes in the Rose Bowl Parade.

Battle scene in The Buccaneer. Probably my earliest memory.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's recording of The Battle...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-30-2020, 06:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,004
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Archival recordings now included

Barry -

Thanks for the response. Really interesting. Years ago I purchased a hard-bound reprint of Gunn, and I still go through it. Gunn had a different, and spare, approach to notating...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-29-2020, 07:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 617
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Cane SSP Reeds

I, too, am still on the same H. Moore chanter reed for at least the past 15 years. The key for me is that I try very hard not to fuss with it. Only on rare occasion do I make an adjustment, and...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-28-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,004
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Archival recordings now included

This thread brings to mind a question I've been thinking about recently. After all these years, I find myself still gravitating to Barry's Cape Breton Collection Vol. 1. On so many levels its a...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-25-2020, 07:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 576
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Scottish Hospitality

1992. Hitchhiking from Broadford to Armadale in a driving, miserable, cold rain. Many cars passed me by. But a very nice car stopped, and I was invited to hop in, no doubt getting the car seat...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-31-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,481
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Pipes used in PBS Poldark series

I remember the 70s Poldark series. Superior, IMHO.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-30-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,400
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Inspiring Movie Scene Featuring Pipers

Just finished reading a new, and very well researched and written, history of the Battle of New Orleans. One diary reflects that one of the pipers was playing Monymusk as a reel. As Richard pointed...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-20-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 760
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Smallpipe Drone Tuning

And, to perhaps state the obvious, there is no requirement that the baritone must be played at all. Indeed, a fair amount of the bellows piping I hear involves folks just playing bass and tenor. ...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-17-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 547
Posted By Matt Buckley
Gordon Mooney Books

A few days ago I dug into my music collection and pulled out the books
published by Gordon decades ago. Strapped on the border pipes and reacquainted myself, after many years away, with those...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-09-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 586
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Garvie Border Pipes

Recently I've been experimenting with various bridle settings on my border chanters. I am amazed at how the slightest tweaks, i.e. open vs. closed, can make a huge difference in sound, stability,...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-16-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,235
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Worst Advice Ever?

Why is this bad advice? Countless pipers out there, myself included, can often benefit by slowing down.
Forum: Beer Tent 05-16-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,235
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Worst Advice Ever?

There are many instances where this advice makes sense. Perhaps you were “crushing” a particular ornament? My former instructor is very fine piper and teacher in the Northeast US. Indeed a legend....
Forum: Beer Tent 05-15-2020, 07:05 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,014
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: What tune never gets old to you?

Great, great tune. But it’s “Steward”, not “Stewart”. :)
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-04-2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,525
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Startup question about small pipes

Today I was adjusting the bridle on my border pipe reed to address some minor issues, and I was struck with the significant differences resulting from very small adjustments. You may well need to...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-02-2020, 05:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,525
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Startup question about small pipes

It appears the 3 Henderson videos are addressing GHB reeds. I would ignore most of it, maybe even all of it. Indeed, some it would harmful. Unless you know exactly what you are doing, don’t...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-28-2020, 07:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,071
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: eBay Irish smallpipes

I also find the drones to have a somewhat thin, harsh, metallic sound. Perhaps it's just the recording, but it doesn't appeal.
Forum: Beer Tent 04-23-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,881
Posted By Matt Buckley
Forum: Beer Tent 03-17-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,722
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Favourite chanter pitch

Upon retirement 8 years ago from the Grade III band I was competing with, I went back to my Hamish Moore concert Bb chanter. Love it.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 01-30-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 671
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Pipers in The Royal Tank Corps

Not exactly on point, but I was traveling over Christmas and stopped in for a snack at McDonald's. Man, mid-90s, sitting there having lunch, with a WWII Veteran hat on. As I always do these days, I...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-17-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 818
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Curious eBay smallpipe

Not HM pipes. Perhaps one of the chanters.

Matt
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