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Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 12-30-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 625
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Earliest pibroch competition in North America

The Detroit St Andrews Highland Games has been going on for 171 years, so it's conceivable it might have been there.
Forum: Beer Tent 11-27-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,273
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Groped by women when performing?

Yes. More often than I care to count. It ended up happening enough that I printed up cards to hand out to offenders.
A few St Patrick's Days ago, I was standing on a chair playing in a crowded bar...
Forum: Music 11-18-2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 986
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Tunes from the 2nd World War

The London Scottish at Primosole Bridge by Charles Turnbull
Forum: Beer Tent 09-12-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,047
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Pirate Set?

Macpherson's Lament
Macpherson was a freebooter and outlaw who met the gallows and may have composed the tune shortly before his execution. Don't play it as a lament tempo, but a bit more spritely.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-29-2020, 11:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 987
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Bugs Bunny cartoon

It's an iffy Loch Lomond, a bit of tuning up and The Campbells are coming. The last bit with Bugs besting him is based on a 1937 Big Band/Sweet Sound arrangement called "The Campbells Are Swingin' "...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-15-2020, 09:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,533
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Smallpipes in other pitches besides A or D?

One of my students is a little fellow, even at age 11. His hands just couldn't make the stretch for a regular practice chanter, so I made one for each of us in C. Mine was the experimental, but I've...
Forum: Music 05-25-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,051
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Composition methodology

Celtic Pipes is great software with a decent playback feature. I find it pretty intuitive as far as click, drag, drop and it will correct your math if your timing is off.

As for composing the...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-16-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Virtual St Pats?

Yup. Facebook live is a bit low on quality, but any port in a storm. I'm thinking of making it an event called "Tipping Point" where friends who are in the food service industry can put their paypal...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-12-2020, 08:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,184
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Parade cancellations

I bit the bullet and canceled my bar gigs for the day itself. Eight hours of gulping air in rooms full of potential pathogen donors just isn't a good idea.
Forum: Beer Tent 03-11-2020, 07:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,184
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Parade cancellations

Detroit's Corktown Parade was canceled today.
I have two parties for the weekend that may be canceled.
Not even sure about doing my gigs on St Patrick's Day, itself.
I am a caretaker for an 86...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-11-2020, 12:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,835
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Alternative bagpipe mounts.

I really like holly as an option for chanter bowls. Luckily, I have a lot harvested from my own garden that works well for making p.c. mounts for my students. But, outside of having a fair bit of it,...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-18-2020, 08:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 476
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Advice on recording from a 78 or wax cylinder

My dad had a Crosley turntable recorder that he was using to archive jazz 78's to cd. Maybe they still make that.
No idea on the wax cylinder.
Forum: Music 02-17-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 826
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: 1917 - The Wayfaring Stranger

Edit an F natural is needed in the 4th measure of the second part. Here it is corrected and chorded out if you have a string playing friend....
Forum: Music 02-17-2020, 01:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 826
Posted By TwitchyFingers
1917 - The Wayfaring Stranger

The Appalachian song, The Wayfaring Stranger was used to great and ethereal effect in the movie 1917. As moving as the scene was, I couldn't help but notice it might work well on pipes, so I did an...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-12-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Using up a memorial fund

A collection, dedicated to the deceased, of the classic and some new piping books at the local public library? That way, area pipers would have a music resource center nearby.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-29-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 927
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Lignum vitae

One difficulty is what was historically known as lignum vitae is no longer harvested or sold (at least legally). The replacement wood, vera wood, is considered a very good substitute. It can be as...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-09-2020, 01:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,963
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Wedding dilemma

As for decorum, the wedding is the daughter's day. The father on her arm is a sedate and distinguished addition to the daughter's day. Heck, the groom on the way out is still an accoutrement to the...
Forum: Music 12-11-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,046
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Lament at funerals

I was going to ask your advice, recently, Barry. I had to play a funeral for someone from Nova Scotia and was wondering if there are any tunes/laments particular or more appreciated by people from...
Forum: Music 12-03-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,336
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Am I really expected to play double D-gracenotes on certain triplets in jigs?

If you can find the music, look up a reel by John Walsh called The Korgi. It's a pleasant and melodic tune, fairly easy, and very good for practicing tachums and high g/d gracenote exchanges.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 12-03-2019, 05:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,644
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Pipers in the old days

And think...some day, a century or more from now, people will look at pictures of us with similar interest for the days of old.
Forum: Beer Tent 12-03-2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,563
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Forum activity levels

One of my pipe students is 16 years old and has looked here, but says he prefers Reddit bagpipe topics/discussions. :shrug:
As of late, I've barely had time for here, farcebook or to check out...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-15-2019, 01:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 958
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: What if PM's were like Fletcher from the movie Whiplash?

If PM's were like him, there would be a thriving industry in testicular replacement prosthetics.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-31-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,629
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Any Favorite Tunes for All Hallows Eve?

Burning of the Piper's Hut

Maybe not a Halloween tune, but then again arson used to be a big problem in Detroit around Halloween.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-23-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 965
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: FOUND!: Silver & ivory Robertsons (UK)

Great to hear they're safe!!!
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 10-22-2019, 01:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,277
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Finish for Katalox SSP

For your outside finish, the grain on katalox is a bit more open than blackwood, so you're going to want to sand down to as fine a grit as you can so the fibres are as flat as possible. Between...
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