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Forum: Music 07-13-2016, 09:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,428
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Looking for a tune to go with Wha Say 42nd

I call this my 4/4 stamina set. I used to play it for SCA dancers (Strip the Willow)

Brave, Wings, Murdo's Wedding, Wha wadna fecht fer Charlie, Wings, Murdo's, Wha wadna fecht fer Charlie, and...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-06-2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,029
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Touring Scotland in July and want to play a set of pipes while there

are you a member of the College of Piping / Glasgow? They loaned me a set of pipes when I was passing through Glasgow on tour (decades ago) and when the tour was over, fortunately our guide who lived...
Forum: Music 02-05-2016, 06:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,334
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: CommonTime vs 4/4

My understanding?

C or common time is the same as 4/4. C is conventionally more common because it's "folksy" and dancy.... 4/4 is more often seen in the publication/printing of march type tunes.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 02-05-2016, 06:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,992
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Useful to practice tunes that are "too hard?"

Hi, Sorry I'm coming into this one so late.

You have to practice with purpose. Have a purpose each time you practice.

You should be building/acquiring technique in an orderly fashion. Moving...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-02-2016, 04:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,645
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Tuning

It might help our membership to know what maker/year your chanter is and whether it's ABW or plastic.

Some makers have known differences/quirks... so generic information might not help.

It is...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-02-2016, 01:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,373
Posted By Richard Mao
Bagpipes of Caledonia...backgrounder, please


Many years past, one of my students left me a set of pipes and then disappeared...my wifie wants me to include these pipes in a decluttering campaign in our house.

Odd set.... wooden drones...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-02-2016, 12:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,881
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Wooden projecting mounts vs other...

In my opinion both the projecting mounts and ferrules are decorative... certainly so for delrin/polypenco pipes... and when you talk about wood? How many stories do you hear of the wood shrinking and...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 01-02-2016, 12:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,820
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Budding Inventors out there?

Further, the mechanical pressure meter, or tower of water measures an inherently variable / analog process.... i.e. your blowing pressure as you play your pipes...

and because most all pipers...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-02-2016, 12:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 919
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Chanter reed with no blowing in

If you know your "normal" blowing strength...in terms of inches of water on a pressure meter or manometer... you can order a reed or batch reeds of close to that strength, if the maker has the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-01-2016, 01:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,595
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Air efficient drone reeds

In my understanding... a drone reed is air-efficient (taking the least amount of air flow needed from your blowing/diaphragm/lungs ... if it is vibrating responsively/fully at your normal blowing...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-01-2016, 01:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 794
Posted By Richard Mao
WFMT/Chicago new year theme pipe tune?

Hi, guyzngals.

Calling out to Chicago pipers and/or listeners to WFMT.

At approach of 12:00 midnite, new years, WFMT plays a pair of tunes interwoven: a middle eastern tune and a pipe band...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 12-31-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,474
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Any late bloomers?

personal experience...

started at age 38... several years of summer piping schools...

got to the point of fairly consistently medalling at grade 4... retired from competition while...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-31-2015, 02:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,807
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Rocket drone reeds

If indeed they are useless (taking too much air?) {they could be reasonably efficient yet still not close with more blowing because of the material of the tongue},,,

first talk to the seller, if...
Forum: Music 09-09-2015, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,298
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: A tune to go with Garb of Old Gaul

OK, question...

do you play garb of old gaul as a

2/4 or 4/4
Forum: Music 08-28-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,741
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Trouble spelling and saying "piobaireachd"

If you say: "pee brock" most non-snobbish, empathetic pipers will understand.
Forum: Music 08-28-2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,398
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: What's your favorite tune?

:confused: huh?....

almost an impossible question... I'd suggest allowing an answer for a piper's favorite tune to play or listen to for each genre...

4/4 march, 2/4 march, compound time...
Forum: Music 08-28-2015, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,646
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Solo practice regime

What are your goals? Playing for personal pleasure or with a band or for solo competition...?

Establish your goals and purpose... and then practice with purpose...

20 years into your career?...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-28-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,760
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Tenor drones gurgle


I'm speculating a bit here... it would be best to wait until your instructor comes back... because IF your drone reeds are set a "bit too strong"... adjusting EZ drone reeds is veeery...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-20-2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,609
Posted By Richard Mao
Forum: Music 07-13-2015, 06:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,230
Posted By Richard Mao
Willies Brogues plus 1?

Hi, please suggest a lively two part hornpipe that would pair up well with

Willies Brogues (Donald MacLeod)?

Thanks in advance.

Richard Mao, The Peking Piper
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-12-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,609
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: *How* does the bag affect the sound?

reliability of playing is what I'm looking for...

a bag of the right size (that doesn't pinch my forearm)... Size by itself? Well who would say that Bill Livingston either got prizes because of...
Forum: Competition Results 06-08-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,774
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Alma, MI - May 23-24, 2015

My understanding is that judging does not start until the execution of the tune starts...

Witness in both piob and light music.... the pipers strike in... and then go into tuning, drone fiddling,...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-08-2015, 10:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,189
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Need help understanding this measure

In Scottish Piping published music, I teach "bar" and "measure" are synonyms, i.e. the collection of notes between two bar lines.

What's notated in Scottish Piping is a mnemonic device to remind...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-08-2015, 09:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,189
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Need help understanding this measure

I apologize, I'm coming into this thread a bit late.

I will agree and expand on what David has posted. The hiA grace note, aka the thumb grace note, is a standard integral part of a pipers grace...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-18-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,797
Posted By Richard Mao
Re: Chicago - Local Knowledge Required

Suggest robust synthetic reeds, e.g. Rockets, will be more impervious to adverse weather...and might settle down faster. Cane drone reeds might be Russian roulette.

Weak wimpy chanter reed might...
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