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Forum: Beer Tent Today, 01:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,248
Posted By CalumII
Re: Proper head gear?

I remember when zip bags came in and replaced clamps, the main excitement was not what this meant for the instrument, but for the amount of alcohol that could be stored within the bag. The...
Forum: Beer Tent Today, 01:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 222
Posted By CalumII
Re: What is your Willie MacCallum number?

Well, his own family can't agree on how to spell it.


I see I'm going to have to add a further rule: every Willie M(a)cCallum number is strictly equal to or greater than zero.
Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 07:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,248
Posted By CalumII
Re: Proper head gear?

"The most perfect head-dress in the British Army, perfectly ventilated and cool", as they were described shortly after their invention (honestly).
Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 222
Posted By CalumII
Re: What is your Willie MacCallum number?

I think you mean +1,000,000, as defined, Andrew, unless you're boasting :p


One of the surprising things about this number, if you take the time to work it out, is it can be surprisingly low. ...
Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 01:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 222
Posted By CalumII
What is your Willie MacCallum number?

The Willie MacCallum number is calculated, as follows:




If you are Willie MacCallum, your Willie MacCallum number is 0.
If you have beaten Willie MacCallum in competition, your Willie...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + Yesterday, 08:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 367
Posted By CalumII
Re: Help with transition to pipes...

I find it useful to treat it like a fitness program. Try and play for two minutes, stop for two minutes, then start again. Try and build that up to five sets of two minutes. Then do that daily for...
Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 08:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,639
Posted By CalumII
Re: Bagpipe woods

Haha, that should just about do it :grin:


Turning it into a set wouldn't be much of an issue - it's popular with other pipemakers, so I can't imagine it would be a terrible idea. Every wood...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-13-2020, 07:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 156
Posted By CalumII
Constructive Criticism for Pipers

Hi folks, I have created a Facebook group that I hope some of you might be interested in (link below). It is called "Constructive Criticism for Pipers" and hopefully, it does what it says on the...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-13-2020, 07:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,639
Posted By CalumII
Re: Bagpipe woods

Bog Oak can be anything, and by the time it's been in the ground for a thousand years or so it might as well be. It does not turn well, it's not commercially available, and it has debris in it that...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 07-13-2020, 02:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,038
Posted By CalumII
Re: An experiment in notation

I see what you're getting at Donald, and I don't completely disagree. I do think though that a lot of the time piping teaching occurs by the "point and grunt" method - "Naw, it's no like this, it's...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-13-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 526
Posted By CalumII
Re: Best Bagpipe for Beginners or Pros

These sites are basically affiliate click farms - they produce highly SEO'd content, which attracts organic search traffic interested in the topic. They then go on to click the links, which may pay...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-13-2020, 06:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 111
Posted By CalumII
Re: Border pipe chanter reed needed

Second the suggestion for Iain Allen, on all your requirements.
Forum: Music 07-13-2020, 06:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 180
Posted By CalumII
Re: Somewhere Along The Road

Not sure if it's ever been published, but the writer, Rick Kemp, has an email on his website here:


https://rickkemp.co.uk/
Forum: Competing Pipers 07-10-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,359
Posted By CalumII
Re: Solo chanter

The main thing, I think, is knowing your instrument inside out and upside down. There are lots of decent chanters out there, and I think if any really held a real edge everyone would be using it. ...
Forum: Music 07-10-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 204
Posted By CalumII
Re: Breton Tunes

I would say essentially not at all, to be honest, at least historically; nowadays of course there is a great degree of cross-pollination.


Mr Tone, the system is a little different over there. ...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-09-2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 250
Posted By CalumII
Re: Practice Chanter Wooden Mouthpiece

There are practice chanters with ivory mouthpieces going back to the Victorian era, so the advantage was obviously clear even back then. I have seen practice chanters with plastic mouthpieces that...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-09-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 310
Posted By CalumII
Re: Newbie question - mouthpiece protectors

It might be worth having someone sensible check out your pipes. You don't mention having any issues playing practice chanter. Lip/facial muscle can take time to build up and for a few genetically...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 07-04-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,038
Posted By CalumII
Re: An experiment in notation

Yes, there are various approaches to the throw on D, and there are some very good players who are not playing any of the conventionally taught methods. And I can think of at least one who plays...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-02-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 331
Posted By CalumII
Re: "Orphan" Notes

Yes, I think your basic logic is sound, the thing being that the reed probably makes more of a difference at that point than the hole size. My suspicion is tape doesn't make much difference - I've...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-02-2020, 05:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 331
Posted By CalumII
Re: "Orphan" Notes

Yes, the ability of the reed to drive the air column also matters, but without the right design of chanter the reed can't do anything. You can have a Formula 1 racecar, but you need a racetrack if...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-01-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By CalumII
Re: ID-ing a practice chanter

Without wanting to cause any offence to Mr Currie, I would say this looks like an amateur's work - the off-centre hole, tool marks from the lathe, diameters not matching up, the stamping and so...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-01-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 331
Posted By CalumII
Re: "Orphan" Notes

If you think of the pocket of air that a hole encloses with the wall thickness, it takes a certain energy to slosh it back and forth. Now if you make that hole larger, you can't move it at all, and...
Forum: Music 06-30-2020, 02:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By CalumII
Re: Azerty (Breton tune)

Little bit tricky - the syncopated section is straightforward enough, eGGe GGeG dGGd GGdG etc, all in A minor. But the second section uses lots of high Bs and at one point has a bit that runs a baba...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-29-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 453
Posted By CalumII
Re: Proper Doubling Cadence

What you are describing is a difference I describe as "close" and "open" doublings. THis is my own terminology, but most teachers will recognise what I mean. An open doubling consists of two...
Forum: Music 06-29-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By CalumII
Re: Skansen Reel

Ah, you're a gentleman, sir! I always forget to try Spotify.
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