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Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-13-2018, 04:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,426
Posted By CalumII
Re: Practice chanter tuning

Easier to use a standard chromatic tuner to get low and high A balanced. I aim for 440.


Then, from there, I teach people to use a drone[1] and make them blow each note into tune with the drone....
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 12-12-2018, 05:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 170
Posted By CalumII
Re: Can a left-shoulder Gaita Gallega be played under the right shoulder?

Worst comes to the worst, you could rig a length of flexible hose to the blowpipe stock and use that as your blowpipe.



I think doing a Donald MacLean wouldn't give you any issues. Blowing...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-12-2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 539
Posted By CalumII
Re: a real bitey blower

Practice a couple of minutes a day blowing a single steady note and not biting. With these things, building your awareness of your body's sensations makes a big difference.


As for protectors, a...
Forum: Music 12-10-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 645
Posted By CalumII
Re: Odd/obsolete embellishments

It's a taorluath - these were commonly written with an extra melody note that is not conventionally played nowadays. Whether it ever was is a can of worms best not opened in an innocent thread like...
Forum: Music 12-09-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 343
Posted By CalumII
Re: Origin of 'The Keel Row'?

The Keel Row is one of those tunes, possibly Scottish, possibly English, that date back certainly to the 18th and perhaps further. With such an adaptable melody it was used both as a song and...
Forum: Music 12-09-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 645
Posted By CalumII
Re: Odd/obsolete embellishments

Nothing systematic, but one point worth noting is that the modern distinction between melody note and gracenote is not always observed. In particular, the D gracenote of a grip was often written as...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 12-08-2018, 05:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 486
Posted By CalumII
Re: James Bett (& Collection) Revisited

The Green Hills tune is well known under a different name, which currently escapes me.



Jeannie's article on James Bett is out in this month's Piping Times - some really great stuff.


I...
Forum: Music 12-04-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 294
Posted By CalumII
Re: Boys of balivanich

Written By Ia(i?)n Kirkpatrick and first issued on the Names and Places collaboration between Eclipse First and the Vale. Music never published that I've ever seen, though it's out there on the web,...
Forum: Music 12-03-2018, 05:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 869
Posted By CalumII
Re: The Art of the 6/8 March

ONE two three FOUR five six: 6 eighth notes in a bar.
Forum: Music 12-03-2018, 05:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 869
Posted By CalumII
Re: The Art of the 6/8 March

I think from the sounds of it Bruce is talking about the treatment of the final quaver (eighth note) in a beat. If you listen to any compound time music you should be able to hear a very clear...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-02-2018, 06:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 886
Posted By CalumII
On competition - is music a sport

I read this a few days ago, and the discussion in the thread about the EUSPBA made me think it might be interesting for some people here.



https://walterbitner.com/2017/03/31/is-music-a-sport/
Forum: Music 12-02-2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,269
Posted By CalumII
Re: Exceptional everything

I hope I've tried to make a slightly larger point than that.
Forum: Music 12-02-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,269
Posted By CalumII
Re: Exceptional everything

Let me be clear.


I have nothing against material that is new or creative, and nothing against where it comes from, either. I do have something against material that is bad music.



Do I...
Forum: Music 12-01-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,269
Posted By CalumII
Re: Exceptional everything

I noticed that phrase as well, and quite agree I found it more than slightly rude.


It's all very well to create something new and different when you have the entire Western art music tradition...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-30-2018, 10:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By CalumII
Re: Would you put an MCS in your child's first set?

Yes, until you're playing daily for 15+ minutes, there's no value to any MCS at all and even then, a tube trap would be the next logical step.



Given what kids can do to a poor, innocent...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-26-2018, 06:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,641
Posted By CalumII
Re: Modern Brakes on Tempo

And just to add: the speed could equally go the other way. Lots of discs were recorded at 80rpm. The pitch in the faster one is a hair over 452, and I'd happily believe it was in fact higher when...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-26-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,641
Posted By CalumII
Re: Modern Brakes on Tempo

No, the pitch is far too low in that last video. Low A is around 420Hz, and that's way, way off the map. You can also hear a number of finger slips that are exactly what you'd expect to hear at the...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 11-26-2018, 05:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By CalumII
Re: Bagpipe mouthpiece from a local museum

I can't really see it, to be honest. The size is impractical for airflow on any bagpipe; what's the hole in the side for? and the joint makes no aesthetic sense. No idea what it is, but I think...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-26-2018, 05:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,872
Posted By CalumII
Re: An ABW Pipe Chanter Question

That would make sense. Pipe chanters are normally drilled perpendicular to the "sheet" of the growth ring, as that makes the hole more dimensionally stable. Wood tends to bow about the direction of...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-25-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,021
Posted By CalumII
Re: Edinburgh Tattoo’s house band looks to drum up recruits for 2019

I absolutely agree. When I did the Tattoo, we were paid - soldier's wages, not musicians, which was hardly excessive - and all found, and I am not especially impressed at exploiting the prestige of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-21-2018, 03:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,872
Posted By CalumII
Re: An ABW Pipe Chanter Question

Oiling makes a noticeable difference to drone sound. One would expect it to make a difference to chanter sound as well, though for how long?
Forum: Music 11-21-2018, 03:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By CalumII
Re: Skye Boat Song- Scots Guards Error?

Many years ago, I watched a somewhat heated discussion between two army-trained pipers, one of whom subsequently reached the heady position of Pipe Major.


One carefully explained that harmony...
Forum: Music 11-20-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By CalumII
Re: Skye Boat Song- Scots Guards Error?

Yes, one has to look at the older tune with a bit of a squint to see the resemblance.


Here's a thought.



FDF: chord of D major.

E something E: hmmm.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 11-20-2018, 06:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 621
Posted By CalumII
Re: Black Watch Glengarry

I presume OP means cap badge, rather than a tartan glengarry, though frankly I've seen worse crimes.



Generally most people who wear regimental capbadges have some sort of connection, be it...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 11-18-2018, 04:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,172
Posted By CalumII
Re: In search of Dr. James Bett

Difficult to say. I wonder if the Northern Meeting judges at that time were mainly local gentry; no need to engage some professional whipper-snapper from the Lowlands, though that's pure...
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