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Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 11-14-2018, 10:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 207
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Real Estate

There are five vacant houses for sale or rent within view of my own home.
You would think people didn't like bagpipes or something.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-13-2018, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 640
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Modern Brakes on Tempo

I'm sure the Jack Lees and Angus MacColls of the world could play an open grade march at a quicker tempo without losing anything on technical points. If we're really slowing down the tunes to make...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-13-2018, 12:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 638
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: First time jitters

Sunday has passed. How did it go for you?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-12-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 258
Posted By TwitchyFingers
McCallum AP2 Acetyl Bagpipes

One of my students has gotten to the point of being ready for the pipes and his parents got him his Christmas gift early, in the form of McCallum AP2 Acetyl Bagpipes, with McCallum poly MC2 chanter....
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-10-2018, 01:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 638
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: First time jitters

If you miss a note/gracenote, don't try to go back and catch it by repeating. Plow right on through. Very few in the crowd will even recognize a small mistake if it happens. Those who do usually have...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-09-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 529
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Resistance to temperature ABW vs. Poly

Not really sure one way or another, but I found a good trick today. I had an outdoor funeral in snow & 35F. As I stood at the back of the graveside gathering, I crossed my arms and shoved my chanter...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 10-30-2018, 01:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,132
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: I made my own pipe bag

Research and development is a huge part of any product. If, as you were saying above, the bag can be re-lined and the outer part kept intact, would it be possible to consider the artistic part more...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-28-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 477
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: How much quieter

From checking my own reed making experiments with a decibel meter, my highland pipes (with a fairly light reed) are hitting 99-106db*. My border pipes fall somewhere between 87-91db*. My smallpipes...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-19-2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,211
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Practice Chanters - tuned to A or Bb?

Drummers with practice pads?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-13-2018, 07:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,211
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Practice Chanters - tuned to A or Bb?

This is why I make my student's practice chanters more like a smallpipe chanter. It's really not much more work in manufacture than it is to bang out a regular PC. If they get a good sounding, in...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 10-02-2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,132
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: I made my own pipe bag

Beautiful! Reminds me of a fine saddle.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-30-2018, 01:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 636
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Exercises/tunes for returning player?

The version I use is from an old Logan tutor, not listed in the Ceol Sean site, but certain arrangements of Devil Among The Tailors can be played without gracenotes. I use it for my students to get...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-29-2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 666
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Quick march at slow pace?

By the right...quick...amble!
Being long leggedy, I find I can outpace the party pretty quickly.
Since I'm not in a band anymore, I've learned it's okay to march out of step. Keep the beat in your...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-13-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 686
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: The Possible Cultural Antecedents...

A.G. also works surprisingly well to House of the Rising Sun by The Animals.

Back to the original topic, though.
Pip01, Hard Times Come Again No More is a kind of nice tune, but sounds a bit like...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-03-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,216
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Pakistani pipes laid to rest...

Very nice job on the painting! You may have increased the value of the pipes by making them into art. One of my painting instructors used to say "If you're wondering if your painting needs anything...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-27-2018, 01:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Just purchased Grainger & Campbell bagpipes

I intentionally bought a set of those on ebay some years ago for a bar gig set. They took a fair bit of work to get the best out of them, but after I fiddled with them, I liked the sound of them so...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-07-2018, 12:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 936
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Tartan Paint - Colours available?

A blue/green screen matching paint for a whole room could be fun.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-01-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,110
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Never Leave your pipes in the car in high summer.

In my bedroom, but we have central air conditioning.
Forum: Beer Tent 06-30-2018, 05:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,110
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Never Leave your pipes in the car in high summer.

We've been having a bit of a heatwave in Michigan with temps in the mid 90's F (low 30's Celsius). In Michigan, that's pretty hot, and it's most definitely not fun doing a gig in this by any means. I...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-23-2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 705
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Piper's Bonnet Case ideas?

In metric, the closest equivalent would be a 20 litre bucket.
Forum: Beer Tent 06-14-2018, 08:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 767
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: The making of a painting of pipers:

DaveB, I've always liked that painting. Someday, I'd really like to go to the national portrait gallery. Any other piper paintings, there? The third floor of the DIA has a lot of Flemish and Northern...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-13-2018, 09:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 767
Posted By TwitchyFingers
The making of a painting of pipers:

The Detroit Institute of Arts has been doing conservation and restoration on the 1566 oil-on-panel painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, "The Wedding Dance."
In the video, you can see how infrared...
Forum: Music 06-04-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,194
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Name for style of pipe music

Kitchen piping?
A man I knew, who could be a bit stodgy at times, called it "Tinker Piping", as a pejorative on Ireland's tinker culture, but with a nod to a freer open style.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-04-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 827
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Set of mouth blown J Center smallpipes on Ebay (UK)

Also, I wonder if the baritone drone was inspired by some of the Henry Starck pipes? Would these be called smallpipes at the time or parlor/chamber pipes?
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-03-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 827
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Set of mouth blown J Center smallpipes on Ebay (UK)

Nice set! It's interesting to see what looks like a bass, tenor, baritone configuration and the keyed chanter.
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