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Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-07-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Re: Valves in Drone Stocks

I think that's a bit of an over-simplification... There are a lot of options out there and they have different purposes and uses.

1. Elastic band valves: These are the most numerous, but my...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-07-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Re: Valves in Drone Stocks

Depends on the valves, as there are many on the market and function differently...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-06-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,706
Re: Pelican cases

As I shared in the most recent post on these Pelican cases, here is my review on the Pelican 1510 case: https://youtu.be/q4_q2wbT4s0

Spoiler: I think they're great!
Forum: Beer Tent 08-06-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Re: Pelican 1510 Configuration

My review on the Pelican 1510 case: https://youtu.be/q4_q2wbT4s0

Spoilers: I think it's the best overall case available at the moment for bagpipes!
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 08-05-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Re: Skype lesson fees

$50 Canadian for an hour seems rather low, but I would guess it's market dependent. In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I am not aware of any music instructor (not specifically bagpipes mind you) charging...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-30-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 386
Digital breakdown of "Scotland the Brave"

I've been working on reverse-engineering the the exact length of the gracenotes and such in our embellishments for sometime and think I've cracked the code! In my video here, I take a look at...
Forum: Music Groups 07-28-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 519
Re: Celtic multi-instrumentalists?

Depends on the set/show... Primarily highland pipes, with a bit of whistle and flute at the moment (1 per set or so). A few years ago, I had 1-2 uilleann pipe songs per set and 2-3 whistle/flute...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-24-2019, 03:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 209
Video/exercise sheet for learning Low A, B, grip to C

New technique video! All about the A, B, grip to C sequence that starts so many of our tunes. Also introducing a new digital bagpipe MIDI example to help demonstrate the specific timing of this...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-24-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 853
Re: New video/exercise sheet for learning Heavy D throws

Apologies for the delay in responding; just saw this question today. I used the program Amazing Slow Downer to analyze several tracks from Willie McCallum, Jack Lee, and James McGillivray from their...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-03-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Re: O Canada setting for border pipes/reelpipes

I rather liked the tension the A drones caused against the G melody. I now have some GHB arrangement ideas, but I'll likely wait until next Canada Day for that one!
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-01-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
O Canada setting for border pipes/reelpipes

To honor Canada Day today, I thought I'd put together a setting of "O Canada" for the pipes. In the end, however, the setting I came up with only really works on border pipes and reelpipes, as it has...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-27-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 853
Re: New video/exercise sheet for learning Heavy D throws

Thanks! My reply on YouTube (in case anyone else wanted to join the discussion here): "Well, (in my opinion) every heavy D throw has a crossing noise! My scores sheets generally had positive comments...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-27-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 853
New video/exercise sheet for learning Heavy D throws

Hello! I wanted to let folks know I have recently made a video with my approach to learning heavy D Throws, and my method is unlike how I have seen others teach this often troublesome embellishment...
Forum: Your Announcements 06-13-2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 570
New YouTube from Matt Willis Bagpiper!

Hello! I wanted to let the folks here know that I have been created new YouTube content over the past few months and wanted to share it with the community here. Here are a couple of the video series...
Forum: Music 06-12-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,958
Re: Game of Thrones 4-part arrangement on the highland pipes!

It's built around an F♯ minor chord/arpeggio, with a little sixteenth B between the low A and the C♯ in the ostinato.
Forum: Music 06-12-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,958
Re: Game of Thrones 4-part arrangement on the highland pipes!

No tweaking! Just playing in B-minor. Several inversions of chords and arpeggios to fit within the range of the pipes. But no tape and no accidentals. If you have a particular time code on the video,...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-24-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,674
Re: I hate my bagpipes

Yes, I purchased a set I hated. First non-Pakistani set I owned.

*Every* wooden section warped with two years, including the blowpipe stock (it's only 2 inches and had a noticeable warp!). The...
Forum: Music 04-28-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,958
Re: Game of Thrones 4-part arrangement on the highland pipes!

Well, for those interested, I posted my bagpipe/chanter arrangement of "Jenny of Oldstones" earlier today: https://youtu.be/lv0fBFjHVJA
Forum: Music 04-24-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,958
Re: Game of Thrones 4-part arrangement on the highland pipes!

Fair point. From what I had (mistakingly) been told, the melody came first, but according to Wikipedia, the earliest known version was from 1911 in a pipe tune book, so yes, I would imagine that...
Forum: Music 04-15-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,958
Re: Game of Thrones 4-part arrangement on the highland pipes!

In this case (performing copyrighted music on YouTube), the copyright owner can do one of the following:

1. Monetize the video and keep all the money
2. Monetize the video and share the money...
Forum: Music 04-15-2019, 05:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,958
Re: Game of Thrones 4-part arrangement on the highland pipes!

Isn't that a bit pedantic? We can't play Scotland the Brave correctly, as the melody goes:

E A A B C A C E a c b a E C A... And the melody without going above high A limits the scope of the real...
Forum: Music 04-14-2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,958
Game of Thrones 4-part arrangement on the highland pipes!

In honor of tonight's big premier of the last season of Game of Thrones, I wanted to share my 4-part highland bagpipe arrangemnt of the theme song!

https://youtu.be/OM_aqcbIs0c

And no, I can't...
Forum: Your Announcements 04-11-2019, 11:59 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 356
New & regular YouTube content from Matt Willis Bagpiper

Hello! I wanted to let the folks here know that I have been created new YouTube content over the past few months and wanted to share it with the community here. Here are a couple of the video series...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-11-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,391
Re: Would you purchase your Blair electronic chanter again?

Thought folks here might be interested in an unboxing of a Blair Digital Chanter I posted today: https://youtu.be/5xxxi2DOwH4

This thing is pretty dang cool! Wish it was mine...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-02-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 590
Re: Chanter hemping

Chanter joints tend to need more hemp than other joints, as the tenon is often smaller by design so it can fit in any number of stock diameters. With more hemp comes the risk of more swelling. Plus,...
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