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Forum: Music 03-03-2011, 08:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,280
Posted By vapiper
Glasgow City Police Pipers

Is "Glasgow City Police Pipers" in the public domain? I'm thinking about recording a set that includes it.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-13-2011, 12:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,070
Posted By vapiper
smallpipes in winter

Winter in general:
I live in temperate North America and last winter I killed a BP reed, maybe by playing it when it was too dried-out by the forced-air heating system--or at least that's my...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-09-2010, 09:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,207
Posted By vapiper
Re: Upper Potomac Pipers' Weekend, Jan 7-9, 2011 (BP/NSP/SSP/UP)

I wish I could go. It's been great the last few years, but I'm giving a paper at an archaeology conference in Austin, TX that weekend (too bad bagpipes don't really survive in the archaeological...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-20-2010, 12:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,530
Posted By vapiper
Re: Alternative chanters for smallpipes

I can't speak to this particular combination you are attempting, but I play a set of Nate Banton BPs and often swap out the chanter for one of his SSP chanters. This combination of SSP chanter and...
Forum: Music 04-17-2010, 05:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,822
Posted By vapiper
Re: Strathspeys v. Jigs

In other words, how do I explain to my guitar player that just because You may be able to push a triplet sub-division on a strathspey, it isn't a 6/8 and shouldn't be played as one?
Forum: Music 04-17-2010, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,822
Posted By vapiper
Re: Strathspeys v. Jigs

John, I could be wrong, but I don't think I'm playing the hold-cut too even. I'm following closely along with recordings from a piping school. After playing through a bunch of strathspeys and jigs...
Forum: Music 04-17-2010, 04:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,822
Posted By vapiper
Strathspeys v. Jigs

Ok. So I thought I had all the tune categories figured out until a guitar player I play with mistook a strathspey for a jig and I got to thinking: You could actually subdivide most strathspeys into...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 12-22-2009, 05:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,729
Posted By vapiper
Re: reed gouge size

What size should one use for Border Pipe and Scottish Smallpipe chanter reeds?
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-24-2009, 07:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,045
Posted By vapiper
Re: Bellows adapter

I made an adapter from three pieces of small brass plumbing for my Walsh shuttle pipes. Basically, you need a 90-degree joint, preferrably female at both ends, and two straight pieces with exterior...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-02-2009, 03:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,385
Posted By vapiper
Re: How does wood density affect chanter 'sound'?

I suggest having a look at Nate Banton's website. He's got a really informative page on the properties of different woods:
http://www.elbowmusic.com/woods.html
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-15-2009, 07:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 545
Posted By vapiper
Re: Small pipe drone stock adaptors

If you have a lathe, it wouldn't be too hard to make them yourself.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-10-2009, 09:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,204
Posted By vapiper
Re: SSPs: Mouthblown to bellows

John's got a very good point, and I agree with him.

I went through the process of trying to play smallpipes mouthblown because when I got interested in smallpipes I went with my limited knowledge...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-28-2009, 01:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,096
Posted By vapiper
Re: ID These Pipes?

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I think everyone who said these were probably of Flemish origin is probably right. I'm looking forward to playing these this fall in the Early Music Ensemble...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 08-26-2009, 11:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 992
Posted By vapiper
Re: Piping Instructor in Warrenton, VA (Norther Virginia) area?

It's been a while, but I finally got word on who we have from the WSPB in the area. Norm Weaver is in Manassas, so if you're still looking let me know and I'll get you in touch with him.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-19-2009, 07:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,096
Posted By vapiper
ID These Pipes?

I was given this set by my college Early Music Ensemble and told it was a set of "Renaissance" bagpipes. I don't know if that's accurate, or if so, what region and specific time period we're talking...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 05-03-2009, 09:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 992
Posted By vapiper
Re: Piping Instructor in Warrenton, VA (Norther Virginia) area?

We've got at least one member of the Washington Scottish Pipe Band in Manassas. I can get back to you on details once I figure out who it is.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-27-2009, 07:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,658
Posted By vapiper
Re: What Sounds Better?

I haven't played the others, but I generally like the Walsh shuttle pipes. Recently, however, I've been having difficulty getting all the notes in tune without taping some of the holes. I'll soon...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 04-27-2009, 07:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,462
Posted By vapiper
Re: Most enjoyable tunes.

One of my favorite tunes from when I was getting started was Glasgow City Police Pipers jig. It's still one of my favorites because it just sounds really cool to get the almost-staccato effect of...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-23-2009, 03:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,620
Posted By vapiper
Re: sources on bagpipes

Didn't have time to add this before, but the Gibson work is scholarly and, from what I've been able to tell so far, since I just started reading it, anthropologically oriented. He writes about...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-23-2009, 02:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,620
Posted By vapiper
Re: sources on bagpipes

One really good book that I just started reading is John G. Gibson's Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping. He's got some good information there on how the 18th-century highland traditions survived into the...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-22-2009, 10:30 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,702
Posted By vapiper
Re: The two rarest commoodities in world

Anyone know where I can get a left-handed smoke shifter or some dehydrated water?
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 04-15-2009, 08:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,091
Posted By vapiper
Re: Lifespan of Pipe-bags?

For all the bad press I've heard on synthetic bags, I've been going strong for five years now on a Canmore. It's always been dry when I've opened up the zipper, even after playing for a couple hours...
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