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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-22-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,496
Posted By Macswegan
Re: A female Italian Zampogna player, Maria Varali

Zampognas are extremely cool. Thanks for the links!

That said, I agree with Klondike Waldo. We choose our instruments because we are drawn to them, not because of our vocal range as men or women....
Forum: Beer Tent 08-22-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,749
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Is the Worlds killing the pipe band world?

OK, but an individual from anywhere can turn out to be a stellar player within a time frame of ten years or so. Realistically, bands just don't work that way.

A long time ago, I lived in the...
Forum: Music 12-04-2017, 10:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,966
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Trouble spelling and saying "piobaireachd"

Briefly, because it isn't the English alphabet -- it is the Latin alphabet, and lots of languages use it. Each language that uses it has its own rules. So, for example, let's say that you want to...
Forum: Piobaireachd 11-18-2017, 05:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,086
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Is it an "e throw"? (Lament for Mary McLeod)

I was typing out a longer reply, but then I was afraid that I was turning your argument into a straw man, which I don't want to do. So, here's a link to a performance of "I Got a Kiss of the King's...
Forum: Piobaireachd 11-16-2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,086
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Is it an "e throw"? (Lament for Mary McLeod)

See, this is where you lose me. If people want to investigate and dig deep in the primary sources and consider other ways of playing piobaireachd, I think they should do that. I'm open to the idea...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-13-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,832
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Old Style Woolen Bag Covers? Still Made?

J. Higgins has both tartan bag covers and wool drone cords listed on their website.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-08-2017, 04:14 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,415
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Gift pipes - what would YOU do?

If I am reading this correctly, your daughter must be at least in her late teens? Maybe in her twenties? And she was born "many years" after your father passed away? So the guy with the pipes has...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-07-2017, 04:21 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,415
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Gift pipes - what would YOU do?

I think I'm in the minority here.

I actually have a beautiful set of old Hendersons, and I would never give them away to a random person.

So if I did choose to give them to another person, it...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-27-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 751
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Ivory mounted Hardies

According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the personal possession of antique ivory in the United States is not a problem. From the website:

"On July 6, 2016, a near-total ban on commercial...
Forum: Piobaireachd 09-15-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,086
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Is it an "e throw"? (Lament for Mary McLeod)

Could you tell us what sheet music you are looking at? (Kilberry, Piobaireachd Society, etc.) Somebody who has the same music might be able to take a look and help.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-11-2017, 06:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,607
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Stuart Liddell pitch

Are you thinking of the Pumpkin's Fancy?
Forum: Ladies' Room 04-22-2017, 05:59 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,899
Posted By Macswegan
Re: You play like a girl!

Yeah, OK. So, say there's a person in the next room who can bench press 300 pounds. Without looking in the room, I can say with great confidence that that person is a man.

In another room, someone...
Forum: Ladies' Room 04-20-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,899
Posted By Macswegan
Re: You play like a girl!

I really don't think this is the issue at all. Are there differences between men and women? Sure. But are these differences so large, regular, and consistent that one can say "this is how men play"...
Forum: Ladies' Room 04-19-2017, 04:09 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,899
Posted By Macswegan
Re: You play like a girl!

For much of the 1900s, top-level orchestras did not have blind auditions, and the percentage of female musicians in these orchestras stood at 6% in 1970. When blind auditions became the standard, the...
Forum: Pipe Bands 04-14-2017, 04:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,409
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Competition band playing tempo

What type of tunes are you talking about? Marches? Airs? Strathspeys?
Forum: Beer Tent 03-28-2017, 04:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,263
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Bagpipediscs.com no longer bagpipediscs.com......

The poster everyone is talking about is always good-humored, kind, and encouraging to beginners or anyone else who is struggling. We need more of that, not less, and if that civility comes with extra...
Forum: Music 02-20-2017, 10:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 737
Posted By Macswegan
Re: SFU Down Under CD

The Dreams of Old Pa Fogerty
Forum: Beer Tent 02-11-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,687
Posted By Macswegan
Re: What do you wish someone had told you when you started?

I would have benefited from a greater understanding of music theory, although I'm not sure I really wanted that at the time. I think it is also good to encourage students to try a bit of composing. ...
Forum: Music 01-30-2017, 06:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,567
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Whats is that tune ?

Sounds like "The Silver Spear" to me.
Forum: Beer Tent 11-23-2016, 08:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,225
Posted By Macswegan
Re: I had this dream last night...

I can't recall any dreams with famous pipers in them, but I had a dream a few months ago that I was about to go on and compete for the Gold Medal in piobaireachd at Inverness. The problem is that I...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-22-2016, 06:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,229
Posted By Macswegan
Relative rarity of uilleann pipes in USA

Hey all,

A friend of mine asked me this: "Given the massive scope of Irish immigration to the U.S. in the nineteenth century, why aren't uilleann pipes more common here?" Any thoughts as to what I...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-15-2016, 04:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,019
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Messing with your head

This one really irritated me:

"I didn't know they let women play the bagpipes. But I guess they don't play them very well, do they?" :mad:
Forum: Beer Tent 09-18-2016, 03:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,656
Posted By Macswegan
Re: NFL and national anthem on pipes, Raiders/Saints game

I myself would never try "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the pipes, but I doubt that anyone was "cowed by a silk shirt." I suspect they were misled by a much more common American attitude -- that "the...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-31-2016, 06:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,303
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Teaching myself? What practice chanter? Need advice.

If the original poster is still reading this thread . . . perhaps you might post the name of your town? Someone might know a teacher in the area.
Forum: Beer Tent 04-25-2016, 09:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,954
Posted By Macswegan
Re: Scholarship to buy pipes?

Well said, Craic Piper. The answer to "Is there a scholarship?" might be "No," but it doesn't need to be "How dare you ask?"

When I was young and very broke and in college, no one gave me a set...
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