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Forum: Music 06-06-2016, 09:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,809
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Tough 2/4 marches

That is a really neat tune. It is difficult to play well though, as it has a lot of birls from "C".
Forum: Beer Tent 05-19-2016, 11:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,806
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Some help with Highland dress.

Thanks, Folks: OK. Here is what I have decided. The oldest brother, who is shorter than the youngest brother, will wear the Prince Charlie, a white shirt with wing-collar, the lace since we don't...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-18-2016, 03:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,806
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Some help with Highland dress.

They are, and thank you.
Forum: Beer Tent 05-18-2016, 01:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,806
Posted By Ken Gordon
Some help with Highland dress.

If this is not the appropriate forum, then one of the moderators can kill this and/or move it, but anyway, here goes.

Our younger daughter is getting married this coming weekend, and two of her...
Forum: Piobaireachd 10-17-2015, 11:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,236
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: What is your most favorite piobaireachd?

Oh, yes!!! Possibly my own very most favorite Piobaireachd. And that Piob High G makes it perfect in my opinion. :)



FYI, Felix Mendelssohn heard that played and called it "the most beautiful...
Forum: Piobaireachd 10-17-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,484
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Your first piobaireachd teacher

You had Colin as a teacher? Lucky man! I knew Colin when he was one of the instructors at the Coeur d'Alene pipe school in 1978 or so. He was very fine young man then, younger than I. I never knew...
Forum: Piobaireachd 10-17-2015, 10:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,006
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Opinions on piobaireachd

Funny you should say this, Andrew: that same thing happened to me. I first heard a piobaireachd on, of all things, Concert at Carnegie Hall on the radio, when I was quite young, possibly no more than...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-11-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,740
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Anybody Heard of This Guy?

Reminds me of a story I once heard concerning the young Jascha Heifetz: apparently when he was quite young, several very famous and very accomplished musicians were treated to an impromptu concert by...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-11-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,968
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: U.S. Ivory Clarification: Insanity.

Concerning the "new" F&WS "passport" for musical instruments: applying for one requires some sort of written proof that the instrument in question qualifies.

In my case, I have to have my antique...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-22-2015, 10:07 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 12,038
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Difference between Blackwood/Poly Chanters

Yes. I agree with both of these conclusions.



From your two sets of photographs, it is very clear to me that there are significant differences in the "sound", the "transients" as you call them,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-22-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,991
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Flat F, any advice?

In my experience (a long time ago), we used a ball-point pen to "draw", very heavily, a "dot", around 1/8" in diameter or so, in the exact center of the sound box part of the reed, using enough force...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-14-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 12,038
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Difference between Blackwood/Poly Chanters

Well, your results with the Souter reed appear very close to those we achieved with our setup. The difference between the poly readout and the ABW readout for a single cycle appears very close to the...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-12-2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,982
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Bagpipes found on a battlefield from the 1800's

Yes. I stand corrected. Even so, the pipes are Lawries, ebony and ivory, and are from the correct period.



Very good! :-)

Ken Gordon
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 05-11-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,115
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Teacher needed...missoula montana

Thank you again, Folks. I talked with Rob Laing, the Elder (about 86), this morning, and he directed me to his son's correct telephone number.

Since, in my very firm opinion, no one can properly...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-10-2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,627
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: joy of turning down gig

THAT would have been the only "red flag" I would have needed to not proceed back when I was able to do this sort of thing.

How rude!

Ken Gordon
Forum: Piobaireachd 05-10-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,813
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Tunes with standard crunluath

Very, very nice. Very nice! Although his Hi-A is a bit out....possibly a cycle or two. His High-G is perfect though...

And his drones are outstandingly good.

Ken Gordon
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 05-10-2015, 02:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,115
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Teacher needed...missoula montana

Oh. Rob Laing. I knew Rob when he was a young man. I also knew his father and mother. I'll contact him direct.

Might you know the names of those other two instructors in the Missoula area?
...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 05-10-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,115
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Teacher needed...

Isn't Tom in Texas, not Montana? I cannot find any reference to his being in Montana at this point, but I'll keep looking.

Thanks,

Ken Gordon
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 05-10-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,115
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Teacher needed...

Thank you, Folks. I will post a follow-up here when/if I achieve success. Much appreciated.

Ken Gordon
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-10-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,982
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Bagpipes found on a battlefield from the 1800's

Well, in my case, I DO have a set of pipes, Lawrie ebony and ivory, which were picked up off a battlefield in France during WWI.

The "picker upper" was an old soldier who died in Butte, Montana...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 05-09-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,115
Posted By Ken Gordon
Teacher needed...missoula montana

I am trying to help an older fellow, a Catholic priest and a musician, achieve his long-held desire to learn to play the GHB. I have provided him with a long-chanter, reeds, the Green Book, and a...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 05-09-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,857
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Anyone here start playing GHB as an older adult?

Yes. I began my instruction on the GHB when I was 33, having wanted to learn to play them since I was about 6 years old.

My first love was Piobaireachd.

Within a year after first attending the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-09-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 12,038
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Difference between Blackwood/Poly Chanters

Well, I would be wary of your phone's microphone and audio system. We tried to use a microphone which had as "flat" a frequency-response as possible. It was a very high-quality studio-mic. I had the...
Forum: Piobaireachd 05-08-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 891
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Seasonal Decisions

Lament for Mary MacLeod is one of my very most favorites. Love the tune.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-08-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 12,038
Posted By Ken Gordon
Re: Difference between Blackwood/Poly Chanters

In point of fact, back in 1977 or so, I made some oscilloscope photos of the sounds from an ABW chanter vs a polypenco chanter when I was at the then Coeur d'Alene, Idaho pipe school.

We tried to...
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