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Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-13-2017, 08:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,540
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Why Logan's Tutor

You will be pleased to know that 3/4 time tunes are now correctly written in the revised edition!
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-07-2017, 09:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,540
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Why Logan's Tutor

I'm glad to be able to say that I've had some sort of involvement in all three of the books mentioned. I was taught out of Logan's, which was edited and revised by my father, and my name is on the...
Forum: In Memoriam 10-10-2017, 02:22 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 340
Posted By colinmaclellan
Pipe Major Robert Liddell Kilgour MBE Scots Guards

Very sad to intimate the passing of Edinburgh's Grand Old Man of Piping, Bob Kilgour.

A finer man and piper you could never hope to meet.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-21-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,415
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Best tutor book

At the College I have just finished a very careful revision of the famous Green Tutor, restoring the original integrity and flow. Some items are added, included those found in a pencil revision by...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-20-2017, 05:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,637
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Varnish (and other stuff) on Pipes

I know that some bagpipe makers used to like a hard finish in order to stop pipes from cracking. Pipe Major Iain McLeod told me once that the very heavy, deep, immaculate finish they used to put on...
Forum: Piobaireachd 09-15-2017, 08:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,773
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Is it an "e throw"? (Lament for Mary McLeod)

You're describing a movement which does not exist if I'm reading this properly. I think it's an edre and you probably have a misprinted copy... should be lo a's.

Hard to be absolutely 100 percent...
Forum: Music 09-14-2017, 04:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 435
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Shovel Tongue

From memory I think Shovel Tongue is in Neil Dickie's Book.
Forum: Competing Pipers 08-24-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,049
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Balmoral not acceptable?

Personally, I don't get the whole hat thing. What has it to do with music? And we don't wear a military uniform, we wear the highland equivalent of a suit. How many people wear a hat with a suit...
Forum: Piobaireachd 08-15-2017, 01:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,513
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Foot Tapping

Not keeping time with your foot in a crunluath mach is about as "odd" as not keeping time in a strathspey or a reel.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-12-2017, 12:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,644
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Breathing cycle

Completely agree with this extremely good advice!
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-28-2017, 11:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,454
Posted By colinmaclellan
Forum: Beer Tent 07-23-2017, 03:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,006
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Hard Driven

Took me about 300 times through it to learn it, and I had the music!
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-23-2017, 03:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,031
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Rubber bands

The cure for a wonky F on a pipe reed is to send it back to the maker - it's defective.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-22-2017, 04:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 687
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: What is a Double Gold Medallist?

There have been several instances of a Silver Medalist playing again in the Silver Medal - the convention is having won it the piper is granted two years automatic selection in the Gold Medal, after...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-03-2017, 03:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,276
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Why an inverted bass drone Reed?

Some say that inverted bass drone reeds last longer as well. Around 1986 I made a set of them for the then Dunvegan Pipe Band, which was a Grade One outfit we all played in in Ottawa. A couple of...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-13-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 822
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: C into birl

Open C, all the way! In BD you just cannot hear the difference.

But make sure there's still a very short lo A.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-08-2017, 12:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,070
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Easy Chanter Reeds

Thanks to all for the kind comments on my reeds.

I developed the "Senior" reed many years ago in response to a large demand from beginners and older people who were constantly frustrated in...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-08-2017, 01:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,072
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Video on Jack Yourt and The Wee Pipe Bag Tie-er-Inner

That poem was written by a wee guy called Jimmy Wilson, who was at the College of Piping in the early sixties.

He was a talented guy; at Dunvegan at a CoP summer school he gave my sister clarsach...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-26-2017, 01:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,554
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: Revive an old chanter reed

Put it in a little airtight tube with a couple of drops of water. Wait 24 hours.
Forum: Music 05-23-2017, 03:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 588
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: 2013 Lord Todd, Angus McColl

It's a jig called "Skye" by Fred Morrison.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-27-2017, 02:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,570
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: 3-Corner File for Chanter Reed Mods???

As always, it depends on the sound you are after. Ridge cuts have a bit of an edge to them; instantly impactive, a good crack off most.

Straight cut reeds tend to be a bit warmer in tone.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-26-2017, 03:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,570
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: 3-Corner File for Chanter Reed Mods???

This is the exact product that I used to use:

Great Neck Swedish Needle Files.

Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-24-2017, 04:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,570
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: 3-Corner File for Chanter Reed Mods???

It's quite a bit different from an emery board. Good quality sandpaper lasts much longer than an emery board, and an emery board is much too broad to work reeds with. Width would possibly be only...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-24-2017, 02:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,570
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: 3-Corner File for Chanter Reed Mods???

Many years ago long before technology started to do the job for me, I used to buy a little set of what was called "swedish needle files" which were great for doing wee adjustments on reeds. This was...
Forum: Ladies' Room 04-20-2017, 05:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,560
Posted By colinmaclellan
Re: You play like a girl!

The latter. And it wasn't in a beer tent.
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