Welcome to
the forums at bobdunsire.com
bobdunsire.com forums bobdunsire.com forums
You can reset your password by going here. Be sure to try your current email and any email addresses you may have had in the past.
Otherwise please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the forums. In order to help you, please provide the following info: Your Display Name from the old forum and any possible email addresses you would have used before. Without that info we cannot locate your account.


Go Back   Bob Dunsire Bagpipe Forums > Search Forums
Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Platinum Sponsors
Showing results 1 to 25 of 500
Search took 0.10 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: CalumII
Forum: Technique & Instrument Yesterday, 11:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 639
Posted By CalumII
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) Yesterday, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By CalumII
Re: Electronic Tone Trainer

The tuning app I mainly use, BeeFlat, has a really nice pitch trace that shows what your chanter did over the last few seconds. I've found it really helpful for showing students what their blowing...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-21-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 639
Posted By CalumII
Re: What's all this flap about flapper valves?

I have been solemnly abjured to do both, and can't for the life of me detect a difference (see also chanter reed orientation, or which way drone reed blades face)
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-21-2020, 05:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 639
Posted By CalumII
Re: What's all this flap about flapper valves?

It can be worth checking eBay for these kinds of things where there are often "spare bedroom" suppliers with more competitive postage options.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-21-2020, 03:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 639
Posted By CalumII
Re: What's all this flap about flapper valves?

The main consideration is compatibility with whatever moisture control you use, if any. Beyond that, if it doesn't restrict blowing and works without fuss then, well, it works.



Personally...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-20-2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 419
Posted By CalumII
Re: Is Your Main Chanter ABW or Polypenco?

For what it's worth, John Elliot was talking a long time ago about the problems that trying to match identically made chanters with different batches of plastic caused, and one of his priorities when...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-18-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 248
Posted By CalumII
Re: The Most Basic Beginner Topic: The Scale

Yes, several different fingerings (and some more than these) were used in the past, and some into the present. For the moment, you can safely treat your College of Piping tutor as being entirely...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-17-2020, 08:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 284
Posted By CalumII
Re: Practice Chanter Air Volume Needs

The reed can make a huge difference to the pitch, yes, but if the reed is wrong then the octaves won't be in tune. In theory, there's only one reed design that works with a particular design of...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-17-2020, 06:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 284
Posted By CalumII
Re: Practice Chanter Air Volume Needs

Well, that's an octave all right! I wonder if it was designed to be a semitone flat of A=452, which would be 427.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-16-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 284
Posted By CalumII
Re: Practice Chanter Air Volume Needs

Given the timeframes involved, I think it is likely that Alexander did not use the 440Hz standard, which was not widely adopted in Britain until the 1950s and has not yet been widely adopted by the...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-16-2020, 08:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 284
Posted By CalumII
Re: Practice Chanter Air Volume Needs

Breath from the bottom of the stomach; it should feel like the sort of force you need to blow a piece of paper across a table.



Bear in mind it's really difficult to know what the design...
Forum: Photo and Video Gallery 09-16-2020, 05:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,937
Posted By CalumII
Re: John D Burgess YouTube

Best time to learn! I only met him the once, when he was a much bigger boy, when he came to his old school to do a recital and I wish there was a recording of the whole thing for he played stuff...
Forum: Piobaireachd 09-11-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 170
Posted By CalumII
What's this tune?

https://i.imgur.com/MXwKcTE.png


I'm curious to know if anyone can relate this to a known piobaireachd (full marks if you recognise my source!)
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-11-2020, 05:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 878
Posted By CalumII
Re: New MacLellan design

I would be nervous about expressing an opinion, but it is true that many makers and players reckoned that wall thickness mattered. I remember Gavin Stoddart telling how his pipes were improved by...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-09-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 556
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tape for drone reed tongues

https://i.imgur.com/7Qs03wZ.jpg


Old fashioned contraptions, but they have their uses :D
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-09-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 556
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tape for drone reed tongues

Yes, I find blutac much easier to manage than bits of tape.



If you are extremely fussy about the exact weight, you can buy on eBay or the like a little scale made for measuring the weight of...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-08-2020, 06:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,418
Posted By CalumII
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

That's not what I said. It's very far from what I said.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-07-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,418
Posted By CalumII
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

They may be a good player, but such a person is lacking a useful skill. And I certainly do not think their performance is enhanced by not being able to read.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-07-2020, 09:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,418
Posted By CalumII
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

But that's exactly the point. Any good piper should be able to sight read a piece of music idiomatically at playing speed, and there isn't anything that precludes a band from being able to do so...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-06-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,418
Posted By CalumII
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

I absolutely agree - I've been called in to do recording work because the first piper hired couldn't sight read the piece they were handed, and in pipe bands, I can only recall one person other than...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-06-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,418
Posted By CalumII
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

There are any number of ways of shaking up MSR contests, and a large part of me just wishes they would pick, well, any of them. I think independent selection of march, strathspey and reel could work...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-16-2020, 04:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,273
Posted By CalumII
Re: Constructive Criticism for Pipers

I think I would take issue with this specific point. There is no such thing as pure creativity operating in a directionless space where any and all experiments however constituted must be considered...
Forum: Music 08-14-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,506
Posted By CalumII
Re: YT Copyright Claim - Castle Dangerous

No, sheet music doesn't have anything to do with the licensing of music for performance, which runs under a different set of rules entirely.
Forum: Piobaireachd 08-13-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 424
Posted By CalumII
Re: Donald MacLeod instructional tapes: beginner sequence?

Yes, I saw they were on Spotify - a curious decision, since it's one of the few resources that will sell until the end of time. I know the Bobs CDs are a steady earner for Greentrax year on year,...
Forum: Piobaireachd 08-13-2020, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 424
Posted By CalumII
Donald MacLeod instructional tapes: beginner sequence?

If you listen to some of the "beginner" tunes that Donald MacLeod recorded, there seem to be quite clear hints that they are following a specific sequence. In once, he will explain the crunluath...
Showing results 1 to 25 of 500

 
Silver Sponsor

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:12 AM.