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Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage Today, 06:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Oldest Pipe Bands

Does anybody know about this pipe band?

c1930.

Note the Pipe Major chevrons are upside down.

https://i.imgur.com/dqeJ3Ph.jpg

I don't know if this is the same band. (Chevrons sorted...
Forum: Technique & Instrument Today, 06:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 657
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: 2019 setup, changes?

In 2018 I got a set of 1940s Lawries (from our fellow member Rooklidge) which immediately became my main band-pitch set.

The 2018/2019 setup:

-Begg Standard sheepskin bag
-no MCS
-Moose valve...
Forum: Technique & Instrument Today, 05:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 65
Posted By pancelticpiper
Hagan bagpipes

You don't see Hagan pipes on Ebay very often

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Hagan-Bagpipes-African-Blackwood-Henderson-D-naill/233135826431?hash=item3647fa65ff:g:O~sAAOSwRcZcaE5P:rk:12:pf:0
...
Forum: Music 02-20-2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 399
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Searching for tunes with a high B note

There are probably more tunes that need the high B than tunes that don't.

We're just used to the pipes' defective versions.

Scotland the Brave for one! The first note of the 2nd part is high...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2019, 06:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 212
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Pipers plaid brouche

BTW it's spelled "brooch" and pronounced "broach".

The thing to look for is that the pin itself, the needle-like part, is very sharp and fairly thin.

With a fine needle-sharp pin the threads...
Forum: Competition Results 02-19-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 239
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Queen mary results?

BTW Sunday felt more like Scotland than Southern California: rain, chilly, windy. Both days were challenging getting the pipes dialed in.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-18-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,289
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Chanter bias?

Just to play devil's advocate a bit, what if the workshop runner was expressing a widely-held opinion amongst the piping judges in the place he's from?

As I've told, back many years ago a friend...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 02-18-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 543
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: A New History of the Bagpipes Video

Yes exactly. You can half-hole notes on any woodwind: flutes, shawms, whistles, bagpipes.

And loads of bagpipes overblow the octave: Lowland pipes, uilleann pipes, Spanish pipes, Central French...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-18-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 594
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Iíve met my threshold and itís 15 degrees

Here in Southern California we've had the coldest weather we can remember in a few years- overnight lows in the 30s and highs around 50.

That's balmy for many of you!

It rarely gets below...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 02-17-2019, 07:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 543
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 02-16-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 722
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: 716
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: 750
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: 28
Views: 1,374
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: 466
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: 2,847
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: 750
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: 2,217
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: 571
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: 22
Views: 1,312
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: 2,217
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: 2,847
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: 2,488
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: 22
Views: 1,312
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: 1,405
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...
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