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Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage Today, 07:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: A New History of the Bagpipes Video

He calls himself an "antiquarian" (not an archaeologist).

The beginning wasn't promising, when he misspelt "origin".

But mostly these are the same things I've been saying for 30 years. More...
Forum: Technique & Instrument Yesterday, 07:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 679
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Teachers and diaphragm vibrato

Here's a little video I did a while back demonstrating four different ways of doing vibrato on whistle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK9RmMnDuPA

All would work on practice chanter or any...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-15-2019, 06:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 655
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: For the piper who has everything - a Chair!

There's an Irish guy who now lives here in Southern California, Gabriel McKeagney, professional woodworker who plays uilleann pipes, who made a chair for pipers:

https://i.imgur.com/RN25cpv.jpg
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-14-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 690
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Over thinking the movements

Oh for sure.

It's a bit odd that Highland piping stresses reading to the extent that there are very good pipers who can't pick up a tune by ear.

And also a bit odd that uilleann piping (and...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-14-2019, 05:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 858
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Your own funeral

I want this friend of mine, a fantastic jazz clarinetist, to play with a small combo

St James Infirmary
New Orleans
Lazy River
Closer Walk
Stranger on the Shore
Over the Rainbow

I've...
Forum: Pipe Bands 02-11-2019, 04:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: How many gigs?

Our band does few gigs, a handful a year, only ones that pay well enough to make it worth it.

There used to be a band around here that seemed to do two or three gigs every weekend, it was crazy....
Forum: Adult Pipers 02-11-2019, 04:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,815
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Old Dogs... New Tricks?

Back in the late 1970s when our band was playing wood Hardies with moulded reeds (were ridge-cut reeds around yet?) the G# fingering that worked was

o|xxo|xxxo

(finger E and lift the thumb) or...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-09-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 690
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Over thinking the movements

There's this article, which if I understand it correctly doesn't dispute that there are different learning modalities, but says that studies suggest that students learn with similar efficiency...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-08-2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,194
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: New Pipemaker: Alexander Graham

Interesting! Is Doug retiring? Or moving elsewhere?

He was making some of the most interesting pipes I've seen. He has a great "eye" for shape and proportion.
Forum: Music 02-08-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Question: Correct Fingering For High-A Grace Notes

That's something I've often had to explain, with the Highland pipes, uilleann pipes, Irish flute, whistle: gracenotes (or "cuts" as they're called in Irish music) usually involve snapping a singe...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-08-2019, 06:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,102
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Help Improving Band Tuning

This jumped out to my eye.

In all the bands I've been in over the years tuning has been a continuous and ever-present component of every practice.

The practice nearest the contest isn't...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-08-2019, 05:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,194
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: New Pipemaker: Alexander Graham

I notice that now on Ebay there are pipes made by Stewart Bagpipes in Vratsa, Bulgaria.
...
Forum: Adult Pipers 02-08-2019, 04:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,815
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Old Dogs... New Tricks?

I feel these two are important concepts not only for elderly players but also for many "adult beginners" who start the pipes in middle age.

I was amazed when I heard a Fire Department band, made...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-06-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,469
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: "B" Flat Set up

Isn't there an orchestral work that uses pipes, that was written for the pipes being in the key of A?

I wonder if it was the composer not knowing that the pipes are a transposing instrument.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-02-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,102
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Help Improving Band Tuning

What's revolutionized our band's tuning process is the Pipe Major getting the Braw Tuner app.

He pulls the pipers out of the circle one at a time, takes them in a side room, and just has them...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-02-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,352
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge

There are wider and deeper things I'd like to drop the Pakistani drones into.

Seriously though, I've had newbies come over with Pakistani pipes and it was possible to get the drones to sort of...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-02-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,352
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge

1) waste of money that I could use on something useful

2) waste of my time

3) waste of band time

About #2, it's like the saying "never try to teach a pig to sing. Pigs can't sing, and it...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-30-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 575
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: New Book on C18th Pastoral/UnionPipes and music

What lovely pipes those are! I've never seen a set in person, only the YouTube video of Jon playing his own Low D set. They sound amazing.

Lucky man!

PS I bought an old Low D smallpipe...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 01-30-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 587
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Were the drones of the NMS' "Waterloo Pipes" from a bellows-blown Border pipe?

No, and that's a mystery with the "classic" maker's lists that I asked Jeannie Campbell about in 2007. She said she didn't know... perhaps more information has come to light since.

Alexander Glen...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 01-29-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 587
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Were the drones of the NMS' "Waterloo Pipes" from a bellows-blown Border pipe?

About the argument in favour of them being bellows drones due to them resembling sets of bellows-blown common-stock pipes, my impression was that the Highland pipes underwent a dramatic style change...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-22-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,820
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Sharpness War

That's an interesting twist!

Especially because so many players are playing old drones which were designed to play around A=450 to A=460, or modern copies of those drones.

I was playing in...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-19-2019, 05:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,974
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Drone reeds "double toning"?

Our local Grade One band piper and piping judge Charlie Lumsden used to make little spring-steel gizmos you slide inside a cane bass drone reed to spring the tongue open a bit. You can slide the...
Forum: Competition Results 01-19-2019, 05:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 919
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: San Diego results

I just went on the WUSPBA site and just get an error message when I click on the San Diego 2018 Pipe Band results.


A Google search didn't find the full results anywhere... they must be online...
Forum: Photo and Video Gallery 01-18-2019, 02:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 747
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Youngest bagpiper?

And he's playing in 11/8.

One of those Balkan "additive rhythms" which in this case can be expressed as

2+2+3+2+2/8

I was out of a Highland Games and was chatting with some piper about...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-18-2019, 02:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,413
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: An epiphany: blowing tone

Yes that's the wonderful thing about the pipes when every note of the chanter is dialed in and the blowing is steady: each note has a unique interaction with the harmonics produced by the drones.
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