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Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-25-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 592
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Cutting The Tip Off Reeds

I have to ask how often does one need to be cutting the end off a reed? (Unless one is a reed maker). In over 40 years of piping, I think I've done it once or twice.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-24-2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 592
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Cutting The Tip Off Reeds

What Andrew said! :thumb: And I'll add that I think it would be a disaster.
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 10-23-2020, 05:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 504
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Practice Chanter Stand/Holder

I recall that my original instructor had put two small (perhaps a cm in diameter), black stick-on pads on the top of his PC, perhaps an inch apart. The PC would rest on those, on its side. Even if...
Forum: Competing Pipers 10-23-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 185
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: "Clan MacRae Society" four or six parts?

Good question. I believe if the tune was originally written with whatever parts (in this case, four), then a judge would not ding the competitor for not including later additions. There may be...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-20-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Reed advice

First of all, Davidck, good on you for starting and progressing; and all the best on your continued journey.

Second, there is a lot to which to respond. Starting with the last question, what...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-19-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 663
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Holding PC aloft?

Thanks. Yes, saw it.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-19-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 663
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Holding PC aloft?

Yes, I think we've all heard the various metaphors about how to hold (or barely hold) the PC. I believe that was the original poster's point in that he found it difficult to do same when not...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-19-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 980
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Air Efficiency Problems

That's our world, eh, Melodie? Instructors, band members, this site, etc. are all helpful. But we all experience the issues, trial and error, mysteries, and so much more on our own, at times. We...
Forum: Piobaireachd 10-17-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,780
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Your first piobaireachd and who taught you it

As others mentioned, Coeur d'Alene, where I was exposed to one I don't recall by Evan MacRae. The first learned was Struan Robertson's Lament with instructor Colin MacKenzie.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-17-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 501
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Perhaps... the Time... to... Take Part...

Oh, and I also suggest Andrew's bagpipejourney site to those, and other, individuals!! :thumb:
Forum: Beer Tent 10-17-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 501
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Perhaps... the Time... to... Take Part...

Hear, hear!, Pip01. Whenever I have a new student, or there's a new member in the band, I, as I'm sure other of our members do, suggest that this is a site they will value in their continued...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-16-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 663
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Holding PC aloft?

I agree. During chanter and pads practice, particularly on medleys or similar, the drummers would want me standing to see my feet for tempo and cues on the breaks. As I mentioned before, as did...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-15-2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 663
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Holding PC Aloft?

No, I've not had that problem. Do you play a standard size or a long PC? I play a standard size, so perhaps that's easier. I can't think of any tips, though I do hold the PC outward more (i.e.,...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-15-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: What reaction do you get when playing in public?

I think that most of us who started later (I at 30), particularly those of us who've had young students progress well, wish we'd started earlier. But at least we did; and as a result, we've enjoyed...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-14-2020, 01:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,025
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: How far will you travel for a gig?

I can only speak, somewhat, to the band's policies. I don't know the exact amounts, given that I'm not the band manager; but we have a price (e.g., $1,000) for local gigs and one for...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-14-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,634
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Changing attitudes towards Catalin

I agree with you. This topic came up amongst us instructors in a junior band. Some instructors guided their students and young band members to new pipes. Two of us preferred to suggest some...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-14-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,025
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: How far will you travel

As others have suggested, it depends upon the pay and whether or not it's a band or solo event (I don't generally hire out for solo gigs). Also, as others have suggested, we in the Western US and...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-13-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: What reaction do you get when playing in public?

There is some truth in that; and, in part, it comes from some who 'perform' in public who should not. I do understand the need to practice, and the difficulty finding a place; so I'm not focused on...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 10-12-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: What reaction do you get when playing in public?

When I'm out and about and hear the pipes, I'm drawn to it/them usually for one of three reasons: a. Who's playing so beautifully?; b. Who's ballsy enough to be out in public playing like crap?; or...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-08-2020, 08:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,552
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Has pitch topped out?

I agree with those indicating the rate of climb has slowed. We have been sticking between 476-480 with McC Mk II and G1 Platinums, depending upon conditions. I mention conditions (e.g., weather),...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-04-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,634
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: changing attitudes towards Catalin

It is curious. I wonder if it relates to exposure to sunlight. I really don't know; yet we have sets in the band with ivory on pipes ranging from 1890s to the 1980s (like mine). None have gone...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-04-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,269
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Wrong-footed

Ha, ha! Yep; that happens to me, too, at times (though I want to mutilate the next person who says it's due to age! :grin: ). Of course, that method, as usual as it is, doesn't always work. I...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-03-2020, 06:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,634
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: changing attitudes towards Catalin

On the topic of colors, many years ago, in my (perhaps) more naive days, I was in Glasgow and went to enter a pub. There was a sign in the window that said, "No Colours Allowed". I said, "What?...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-02-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,269
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Wrong-footed

Interestingly, when I was working with students on their 2/4 competition tunes (or just band ones), I would have them take off their LEFT shoe to emphasize the strong beat.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-29-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,038
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: First Exposure to Piping/Drumming

Good on you, Linz!! :thumb: It's never, ever too late (assuming, I guess, that we still have our fingers!).
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