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Forum: Technique & Instrument Yesterday, 09:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By CalumII
Re: Reeding a "3/4" size chanter

I've had similar experiences to Patrick - you can get something that's within shouting distance of working, but not really usable. I think the answer is to get them to an experienced reedmaker who...
Forum: Music Yesterday, 09:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Posted By CalumII
Re: “The Exiles”

It's a song by Ewan MacColl. The original title was "Just a Note" but was recorded extensively under the title "The Exile's Song" in Ireland and by the Corries as "Kiss the Children for Me Mary".
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Forum: Music Yesterday, 08:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 442
Posted By CalumII
Re: Favorite Composers

Indeed. I remember a band member telling us about when Lexie MacAskill arrived in the 70s and everyone competing to learn it first. More recently I had a student talk about Gordon Duncan and Donald...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-21-2020, 03:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 749
Posted By CalumII
Re: How do you know that you ready to teach?

In my experience that's a pretty typical description of the average adult learner - with piping culture being pretty non-visible to folks outside our world, what else would they want to do? I find...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-20-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By CalumII
Re: Beginning SP help

What I would do then, is stick with the practice chanter for now. Work your way through a good tutor book and learn lots of simple, basic tunes, and get what feedback you can - there are lots of...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-20-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By CalumII
Re: Beginning SP help

Craig, if you tell us what sort of music you want to play and who you want to play it with, that will help us give you decent advice.
Forum: Webmaster & Software 02-18-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 182
Posted By CalumII
Re: Writing software that's web-based?

I second the vote for ABC; I have never used anything else seriously in 20-odd years.


One piece of software I haven't ever seen mentioned is Dorico, built by the original Sibelius people. I...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-18-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 768
Posted By CalumII
Re: Problem with the cutoff...

Step 1 is to make sure your cutoff technique is correct.



Step 2 is to practice.


Yes, different bags and reeds make it easier or harder. None make it impossible, no matter what stage...
Forum: Music 02-16-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 245
Posted By CalumII
Re: Monthly Composition Feb 2020

I like it! To me I think it's the chord progression that's familiar, not the melody, as that sounds like a strong IV-I.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-16-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 441
Posted By CalumII
Re: Middle drone issue?

There will be a leak somewhere in the system.


Additional comment - it's actually rarely necessary to dry out the kitty litter. Most good soloists, as far as I know, remove it from the bag, put...
Forum: Music 02-15-2020, 04:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By CalumII
Re: What tune is he playing?

Iain Campbell, for searching purposes (it's in the Complete Compositions by DJ).
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-15-2020, 07:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 691
Posted By CalumII
Re: Shakespeare pipe lesson

Wikipedia has a pretty good summary of the timeline of the evidence - I don't think there's any major holes in it so far as I know:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uilleann_pipes#Etymology
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-15-2020, 06:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 749
Posted By CalumII
Re: How do you know that you ready to teach?

As far as the quality of teaching goes, I think we're better off than we've ever been - the Conservatoire is churning out fantastic players, and paid teaching positions are more and more being filled...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-13-2020, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 749
Posted By CalumII
Re: How do you know that you ready to teach?

One the topic of "knowing limits" - I actually see it the other way round. I think expert instruction is most important at the beginning. I was lucky that I was always around good players and...
Forum: Music 02-13-2020, 06:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 321
Posted By CalumII
Re: Monthly Composition Thread Continuity?

That's excellent Richard, feel free to go ahead and post it as the "official" February thread :)
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-12-2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 749
Posted By CalumII
Re: How do you know that you ready to teach?

I certainly wasn't good enough when I gave my first lesson, aged 16, and I had the audacity to charge his mother £20 for it. She didn't send him back, for some reason. Though he did pass his...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 02-12-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 755
Posted By CalumII
Re: Drummers Sporran

More practicality, I suspect: if you don't have quite enough sporrans, take them off the drummers.
Forum: Beer Tent 02-12-2020, 05:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Posted By CalumII
Using up a memorial fund

I have just been posed this question, and I didn't have any brilliant ideas off hand.


A charitable society here in London has around £500 remaining in an account of funds raised to memorialise a...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-12-2020, 02:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 691
Posted By CalumII
Re: Shakespeare pipe lesson

It does, but that's because Gratton Flood looked at the expression "swollen bagpipe" and put two and two together and made an elbow. Prior to Grattan Flood, the term didn't exist.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-11-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,181
Posted By CalumII
Re: ABW-Ebony Distinction

Most blackwood for the last fifty years or so has been grown for the trade, and hence it has probably grown a lot faster, I would guess (relatively, as these things go!).


Ebony actually comes in...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-11-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 691
Posted By CalumII
Re: Shakespeare pipe lesson

Not only that, the name "uilleann bagpipe" came about because someone (Grattan Flood) looked at that Shakespearean phrase and took a fair old leap of logic. The "swollen bagpipe" makes by far the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-10-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,181
Posted By CalumII
Re: ABW-Ebony Distinction

I don't think a wood that remains jet black in direct sunlight is blackwood.
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-08-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 222
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tutorials

I'm not sure I necessarily have the right answer on this, and I'd be interested to hear what others think, but I actually try and avoid well-known tunes until I'm happy that they can "create" music...
Forum: Music 02-08-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 459
Posted By CalumII
Re: Monthly Composition Thread - Jan 2020

'S math sin, Bob! Some lovely melodies in there.
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-08-2020, 05:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 222
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tutorials

I haven't taught from tutors for a long time as I've never been keen on the progression model they use, which I think is fundamentally responsible for a lot of the stilted playing we hear from novice...
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