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Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-28-2020, 08:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,109
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Impossible birls on Peter Henderson plastic chanter

I have heard the OP play.
Good piper.

Have you tried taping the bottom of the hole?
I have not done that myself, but I have seen the hole taped top, bottom, and sides, so that it becomes a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-20-2020, 12:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 571
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Pipe chanter reed question

When mouth-blowing a reed, it is possible to vary the blowing pressure for each individual note. We end up doing that because we want to make the right sounds. I do that.

When the reed is in the...
Forum: Adult Pipers 07-16-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,248
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Peaks and valleys of the learning process

My goal at any point is to raise my standard of play just a little. That's all I want: a little crisper in my articulation, a little more tuneful in my expression, a little closer in my tuning, maybe...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-25-2019, 01:16 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,995
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge

I dunno. It's like putting a leather binding with gold tooling on a phone book, or doing some intricate inlay work with oak and mahogany on a linoleum kitchen counter. It might amuse, but it's a...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-20-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,661
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Glenfiddich Livestream?

Thank you for the info.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-16-2018, 10:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,661
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Glenfiddich Livestream?

Does anyone know if the Piping Centre is livestreaming the event again this year?
Forum: Beer Tent 06-05-2018, 10:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,874
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Tired of the same old tunes at massed bands

The last time I was at Maxville, a few years ago, one of the waves, led by the RCMP, marched on, playing "79th's Farewell to Gibraltar". The other bands in the wave seemed to know the tune.

Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-21-2018, 07:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,596
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: The iconography of PM Evan MacRae

Looks like 4 Scots (Highlanders) pipers, besides wearing the Cameron of Erracht kilt, also wear the Gordon bag cover and MacKenzie pipe ribbon.
Forum: Beer Tent 05-20-2018, 09:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,885
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Yanny or Laurel?

I understand that the sound clip has to be of a low quality before there can be ambiguity. If you clearly enunciate the words, people won't mistake one for the other. Our instrument lacks ambiguity....
Forum: Beer Tent 05-13-2018, 08:52 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 12,248
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Well-known pipers who play easy reeds?

I have often felt that efficiency is the key word, meaning maximum vibrancy with minimum effort. It is one thing to have to huff and puff to get the thick blades going when the P/M hands you a 2x4,...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-12-2018, 11:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,425
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: College of Piping Gone - What about the tune books?

In its heyday, the CoP Piping Times was well nigh the official organ of the bagpiping scene. I am given to understand that it was the money maker - that and the green book. Went a long way in...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-12-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 642
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: McCallum Polypenco Chanters needed....

I believe they are readily available in the US.
Henderson Imports sells them. J. Higgins also lists them on his website.
Forum: Beer Tent 05-09-2018, 11:23 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 9,504
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Pipes, A Serious Commitment…The Grumbles of a Newbie

Bruce Gandy is, of course, one of the world's best pipers.
Here's Mr. Gandy playing a set of MSR

Like some other top pipers, he gives skype lessons....
Forum: Beer Tent 05-08-2018, 10:28 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 9,504
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Pipes, A Serious Commitment…The Grumbles of a Newbie

I think it depends on the resources available at your location.

Many pipe bands have a few sets of bagpipes that new band members could use before they get their own sets. They usually provide...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-28-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,525
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: The Barbarrick Music Bagpipe Mute

I use it for:

Repetitive exercises and putting new tunes to the test on occasions when the practice chanter is usually called for. It gives me a better sense of what I can actually do on the...
Forum: Music 01-11-2018, 12:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,119
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: New set

6/8s are always fun.

But don't forget: "A Man's A Man for A' That" before Jan 25th! Maybe some other Robert Burns tunes too.

And then some jigs and Irish tunes before March 17th?
Forum: Beer Tent 10-08-2017, 02:26 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,668
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Gift pipes - what would YOU do?

For me it's not about the legality of the ownership.

If I was a judge deciding the matter at small claims court, I would decide for the piper, no question about it.
If I was the piper with the...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-06-2017, 09:32 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,668
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Gift pipes - what would YOU do?

I would give it back. Whoever owns it, it belongs to her.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-06-2017, 09:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,494
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Practice chanter playing

I have taken to walking to work playing my Faegerstrom instead of driving. It's 45 minutes to an hour each way. It's great for memorizing tunes, and working on expression, and I am getting a lot of...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-02-2017, 03:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,006
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: How Sherlock Holmes detects the piper

Neil Munro!

And on the steering wheel.

I have noticed that if I spread my hands out on a surface, my right pinky bends a little more to the outside than the left one. I think that's from having...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-06-2017, 05:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,398
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: David Naill Pipes

I use Canning with my Naill. The drone sound is very nice to my ears. Easy to lock in too. I use MacPhee with my Naill chanter.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-04-2017, 06:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,754
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Obama tartan

The Tartan Register web site gives a better idea of the colours. What appears to be black in the photo is actually navy blue.
Forum: Beer Tent 06-29-2017, 10:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,738
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Recovery Time

Might be worth investing in a techno pipe or some kind of electronic chanter if you don't already have one. There is no blowing involved and it keeps the fingers going. You can keep up with the new...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 05-26-2017, 11:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,487
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Practice - does even 10 minutes per day help?

You can practice when you are not on the pipes too.

Listening to recordings of good pipers is an important way to practice. It gives you a feel of how the music should flow and what a set of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-07-2017, 11:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,967
Posted By SquintingPatrick
Re: Hard goose for happy neighbours?

I have an "official" mute. It's 20 inches by 12 inches. The foam part inside is about 16 inches, the extra 4 inches allow for the top to close around the neck when you pull the drawstring. It dampens...
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