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Forum: Pipe Bands 01-13-2021, 11:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 292
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Selecting Band Tunes

I think any PM that doesn't consider the band's playing level is setting himself up for trouble.

Years ago I attended a practice of a Grade 3 band and they handed out a tune of a very high level...
Forum: Pipe Bands 01-13-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 292
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Selecting Band Tunes

I do to. It amazes me how many pipers are key-deaf, and will put together a set of three 4/4s all in A Major.

Or three sets of three 4/4s all in A Major.



I understand the thinking, which...
Forum: Music 01-13-2021, 10:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 429
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Calling Doon the Line

The tune is a bit like How Great Thou Art, going down to the 3rd and going up to the 3rd.

Tunes like that just can't be fit onto the pipes in the normal keys used on the pipes, D Major or A...
Forum: Photo and Video Gallery 01-12-2021, 06:10 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 122
Posted By pancelticpiper
Ebay photo: PM John Massey

Interesting that this photo pops up on Ebay from time to time.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/FOUND-COLOR-PHOTO-J-9371-MAN-IN-HAT-PLAYING-BAGPIPES-/303841552215?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276

I'm sure that...
Forum: Music 01-11-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 429
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Calling Doon the Line

Worked out enough to see that it's a far greater range than the Highland pipes.

The first phrase stays within an octave, but it's where the octave sits on the scale, the lowest note being the 3rd...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-11-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,019
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Changing birl style

It didn't change the sound at all. I scooped out a concavity around each of the bottom few holes, but these concavities only went maybe a third of the way into the wood. So the sound came out of the...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 01-11-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 489
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Info on MacPherson pipers

One thing that may or may not be any help is the Clan MacPherson Museum which has several relics of MacPherson pipers.

They have, as I recall, the Brooch, Dirk, and Sporran awarded to Angus "Cam"...
Forum: Music 01-11-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 429
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Calling Doon the Line

I just now looked on Youtube, I can't find anybody playing it on pipes.

From the vocals it would be easy enough to transcribe.

Only after transcribing it will I know whether or not it fits on...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-10-2021, 12:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,952
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Tunes you absolutely HATE!

As a former Scottish Country Dancer, it's an exciting moment when you're dancing the Strathspey and at a given moment the band pops into the reel version of the same tune.

What's functioning...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-10-2021, 11:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,349
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: So this is what the wait feels like... (new pipes)

Thanks! But nowadays I'm playing McCallums for which our local reedmaker Steve Megarity has a dialed-in design.

It was odd how those old Hardie reeds could flatten down High G so much.
Forum: Beer Tent 01-10-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,349
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: So this is what the wait feels like... (new pipes)

I worked in the Blandford shop. It was quite a little industry, with Paul doing the ordering and business side, Madelyn making kilts, and Kevin giving lessons in the back room. The band practiced in...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-10-2021, 11:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,447
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Thistle ghillies fit problem

They sound like they would fit my feet perfectly.

Obviously the pair of Avriels I had weren't that style, they were more constricting that most shoes my size.
Forum: Beer Tent 01-08-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,349
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: So this is what the wait feels like... (new pipes)

Back in the 1980s I worked in a shop that carried Hardie pipes.

The odd thing about the chanters that came with Hardie pipes (which were still the classic Hardie pattern that played at 466) is...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-08-2021, 05:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,447
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Thistle ghillies fit problem

Those are two different brands. Thistle Shoes are, I believe, Scotland's largest maker of Ghillies brogues. When I go into a shop or see Ghillies online nine times out of ten they're Thistle Shoes...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-08-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,447
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Thistle ghillies fit problem

Ha! The Thistle Ghillies in question are 14UK.

I usually wear a 14US, and generally 13UK is fine for me. But with Thistle brand Ghillies the 13UK is too tight which is why I rolled the dice on...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-08-2021, 05:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,447
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Thistle ghillies fit problem

Oh yes. Even with all the laces completely loose the shoes were still too tight around the middle of my feet.



Where they're tight is across the top, at mid-foot. With most shoes a D (regular)...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-06-2021, 05:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 644
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Ebay stuff #2,467

Actually both Highland sets I currently own were bought on Ebay.

Both from the same seller, a person of honesty and integrity, who puts up great pipes at very reasonable prices from time to time.
Forum: Beer Tent 01-05-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,447
Posted By pancelticpiper
Thistle ghillies fit problem

I know many pipers' reaction will be "tell me something I don't know!" but for me it's an outlier.

My first two pair of Ghillies, bought in 1977 and 1986, were Keltic brand and were incredibly...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-05-2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,019
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Changing birl style

I don't know if this has ever been an issue for anybody else, but I was having troubles because the hole spacing and sizing on my practice chanter was so different from that of the big-hole chanters...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 12-31-2020, 06:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 677
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Drone plugs/corks for Kitchen Pipes

Sorry but I don't want to shove pieces of wood up my drones.

It's why I went with soft fluffy things.
Forum: Beer Tent 12-31-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,952
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Tunes you absolutely HATE!

OMG I hate hearing that tune!

Once again it's a situational hate.

The situation is being at a Highland Games in the area where all the band-tents are and always ALWAYS there's some bad piper...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-31-2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,349
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: So this is what the wait feels like... (new pipes)

Same here!!

That aside, congrats Andrew! Your bespoke set will be worth the wait I'm sure of it. There's something very satisfying about getting a set of pipes just exactly how you want.

That...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-31-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 738
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Squeezing w/Shoulder & Back

Gold Medallist James McColl spoke once of playing the pipes "like a flute".

Watching him, it appeared that he was blowing long and gently into the bag, only having the bag take over when he took...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 12-31-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 677
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Drone plugs/corks for Kitchen Pipes

I made sets of stoppers for my uilleann pipes and smallpipes.

What I did was buy a package of soft pipe-cleaners (not the kind with scratchy wires) and a package of craft beads, gold, that had...
Forum: Music 12-31-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 851
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Someone must know this tune...

For sure, it's why I perform it on uilleann pipes. It sounds good on those, right in the uilleann pipes' wheelhouse actually.

I've never been required to perform it on GHB, if so I would probably...
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