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Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-20-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 259
Posted By CalumII
Re: This is driving me nuts - mouth-blown pitch vs. pipe-blown pitch

Blow one reed for a week, don't worry about the pitch, then after a week set it to your target pitch.
Forum: Music 02-20-2019, 06:06 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 110
Posted By CalumII
Cronan's Reel/Roddy MacDonald's Fancy

This Donald MacLeod tune is generally better known under the latter name, especially in trad circles.

As far as I am aware, it was never published by himself in his own works. It's in...
Forum: Music 02-20-2019, 05:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By CalumII
Re: Learning Flowers of the Forest

It certainly is a tradition that exists.

One answer I suppose is to be good enough that you don't have to worry about being unable to play it well at the drop of a hat. But at the end of...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-18-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 606
Posted By CalumII
Re: C natural Key or Back hole on chanter which is better?

Yes - resetting a leaf spring is a fairly standard woodwind repair and any maker of keyed things should be able to do it fairly easily.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-17-2019, 03:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 606
Posted By CalumII
Re: C natural Key or Back hole on chanter which is better?

As far as back hole placement goes, it certainly isn't great ergonomics, especially if you do not have a super relaxed hold. I suspect an angled hole could help a bit.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-16-2019, 05:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 299
Posted By CalumII
Re: So,..what makes it a Bb reed vs a standard reed?

Whatever difference there is will be small: perhaps a millimetre on the staple, and a very slightly more gentle angle on the taper.

I must admit I've always just shoved a standard reed into...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 02-15-2019, 10:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
Posted By CalumII
Re: The BlowHard

How does this device regulate pressure? Surely it just adjusts flow?

As for its merits, I'll leave that to others.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-14-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 165
Posted By CalumII
Re: Trouble making chanter reeds - advice?

One thing that isn't always made clear is that the size and shape of the eye are critical and must match up with the blade design. Aluminium is definitely easier to work with in this regard.

Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-14-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,289
Posted By CalumII
Re: Chanter bias?

There's something about the culture of piping that encourages a my-way-or-the-highway approach. I don't think I've ever joined a new pipe band and not been told that I was fundamentally mistaken...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-14-2019, 08:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By CalumII
Re: Polished drone bores?

Yes, repeatedly, although I have never seen any physical explanation of why it might be true.

Conceptual models of how things work are useful as long as they help us predict in some way. It...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-14-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 722
Posted By CalumII
Re: Teachers and diaphragm vibrato

In wind instruments in general, there are several ways of doing it. Diaphragm, embouchure, finger, or simple shaking the instrument.

The vibrato I'm talking about is specifically a practice...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-11-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 722
Posted By CalumII
Teachers and diaphragm vibrato

A great example here of what I'm talking about:


I do this as well, unconsciously, and so do a number of very good players I've listened to over...
Forum: Music 02-10-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 571
Posted By CalumII
Re: Question: Correct Fingering For High-A Grace Notes

Actually I'd bet good money that you do almost all your movements in the same direction simultaneously - so exactly as you have above. As far as I can tell every good player does, with the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-10-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By CalumII
Re: Bass Drone Tuning - Feeling the Vibrations

Ah, the real reason for the hose clip on Gordon Duncan's Glens.
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-10-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 750
Posted By CalumII
Re: Over thinking the movements

Yes. Of course whatever skill you are better at is easier for you; that's the definition of "skill".

It follows that pandering to a students preferences will result in a superficial...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 02-10-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,461
Posted By CalumII
Re: Famous historical people who played pipes

Not historical, but a well-known author.

Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-06-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 586
Posted By CalumII
Re: Synth bass reed suggestion

What kind of bag setup do you have? A cane reed ought to be very stable.
Forum: Beer Tent 02-06-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,016
Posted By CalumII
Re: Another Odd Duck Music Question...

Those old-fashioned tunes that go by the name of So-and-so's Maggot - a maggot is an old-fashioned name for an ear-worm. So beware of playing, them, especially before bedtime.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-04-2019, 05:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,488
Posted By CalumII
Re: "B" Flat Set up

The extenders are great, but note that they increase the impedance of the drone, so they will not play nicely with all drone reeds (in general, they will do better with a stiffer tongue). I use the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-26-2019, 06:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 467
Posted By CalumII
Re: Squealing/Double-Toning Low A

Post a video clip! Post a video clip!
Forum: Beer Tent 01-26-2019, 06:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,860
Posted By CalumII
Re: Sharpness War

I agree. And I don't think that it's *actually* clearer: but without a doubt when you have two equally well tuned bands next to each other, the band that has an edge in pitch will somehow sound...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-26-2019, 06:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,312
Posted By CalumII
Re: Help Improving Band Tuning

Firstly, you need the PM to be behind you, and for you to both agree how you manage things. I've been in that position of running around trying to make things work and having no support.

Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-25-2019, 05:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 622
Posted By CalumII
Re: Twist-Trap Practice Pipes


One observation is that standard practice chanter reeds are quite light when you try and use them in a bag. But the tuning should be right regardless. Does the drone work?

I'd give...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 01-25-2019, 05:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,659
Posted By CalumII
Re: Losing air at bass drone

In response to (1), the question is, well, what happens when it does lose air? Soundwise, nothing. Physical movement of air through the drones is more or less irrelevant to the sound, which moves...
Forum: Music 01-22-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By CalumII
Re: Where the Beat Falls on High G Doubling

A simple rule which can be applied widely is that the beat falls with the gracenote finger. A gracenote *ends* on the beat, when the finger lands. This fixes gracenotes and doublings straight away,...
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