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Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + Yesterday, 08:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 251
Posted By CalumII
Re: Practice Chanter Air Volume Needs

The reed can make a huge difference to the pitch, yes, but if the reed is wrong then the octaves won't be in tune. In theory, there's only one reed design that works with a particular design of...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + Yesterday, 06:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 251
Posted By CalumII
Re: Practice Chanter Air Volume Needs

Well, that's an octave all right! I wonder if it was designed to be a semitone flat of A=452, which would be 427.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-16-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 251
Posted By CalumII
Re: Practice Chanter Air Volume Needs

Given the timeframes involved, I think it is likely that Alexander did not use the 440Hz standard, which was not widely adopted in Britain until the 1950s and has not yet been widely adopted by the...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-16-2020, 08:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 251
Posted By CalumII
Re: Practice Chanter Air Volume Needs

Breath from the bottom of the stomach; it should feel like the sort of force you need to blow a piece of paper across a table.



Bear in mind it's really difficult to know what the design...
Forum: Photo and Video Gallery 09-16-2020, 05:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,880
Posted By CalumII
Re: John D Burgess YouTube

Best time to learn! I only met him the once, when he was a much bigger boy, when he came to his old school to do a recital and I wish there was a recording of the whole thing for he played stuff...
Forum: Piobaireachd 09-11-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 153
Posted By CalumII
What's this tune?

https://i.imgur.com/MXwKcTE.png


I'm curious to know if anyone can relate this to a known piobaireachd (full marks if you recognise my source!)
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-11-2020, 05:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 819
Posted By CalumII
Re: New MacLellan design

I would be nervous about expressing an opinion, but it is true that many makers and players reckoned that wall thickness mattered. I remember Gavin Stoddart telling how his pipes were improved by...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-09-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 527
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tape for drone reed tongues

https://i.imgur.com/7Qs03wZ.jpg


Old fashioned contraptions, but they have their uses :D
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-09-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 527
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tape for drone reed tongues

Yes, I find blutac much easier to manage than bits of tape.



If you are extremely fussy about the exact weight, you can buy on eBay or the like a little scale made for measuring the weight of...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-08-2020, 06:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,360
Posted By CalumII
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

That's not what I said. It's very far from what I said.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-07-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,360
Posted By CalumII
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

They may be a good player, but such a person is lacking a useful skill. And I certainly do not think their performance is enhanced by not being able to read.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-07-2020, 09:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,360
Posted By CalumII
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

But that's exactly the point. Any good piper should be able to sight read a piece of music idiomatically at playing speed, and there isn't anything that precludes a band from being able to do so...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-06-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,360
Posted By CalumII
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

I absolutely agree - I've been called in to do recording work because the first piper hired couldn't sight read the piece they were handed, and in pipe bands, I can only recall one person other than...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-06-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,360
Posted By CalumII
Re: Idea for G1 band MSRs

There are any number of ways of shaking up MSR contests, and a large part of me just wishes they would pick, well, any of them. I think independent selection of march, strathspey and reel could work...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-16-2020, 04:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,200
Posted By CalumII
Re: Constructive Criticism for Pipers

I think I would take issue with this specific point. There is no such thing as pure creativity operating in a directionless space where any and all experiments however constituted must be considered...
Forum: Music 08-14-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,451
Posted By CalumII
Re: YT Copyright Claim - Castle Dangerous

No, sheet music doesn't have anything to do with the licensing of music for performance, which runs under a different set of rules entirely.
Forum: Piobaireachd 08-13-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 414
Posted By CalumII
Re: Donald MacLeod instructional tapes: beginner sequence?

Yes, I saw they were on Spotify - a curious decision, since it's one of the few resources that will sell until the end of time. I know the Bobs CDs are a steady earner for Greentrax year on year,...
Forum: Piobaireachd 08-13-2020, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 414
Posted By CalumII
Donald MacLeod instructional tapes: beginner sequence?

If you listen to some of the "beginner" tunes that Donald MacLeod recorded, there seem to be quite clear hints that they are following a specific sequence. In once, he will explain the crunluath...
Forum: Competing Pipers 08-13-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By CalumII
Re: Recording for Online Competitions

I agree about taking it too far, but also, no microphone is as good as a human ear, and it's important to recognise that what it picks up is only part of the puzzle. Pretending the dry signal...
Forum: Music 08-12-2020, 07:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 289
Posted By CalumII
Re: The Lamentation of Owen Roe O'Neill?

PS, just to avoid confusion, this is in "key of bagpipe" - two sharps implied but not written.
Forum: Music 08-12-2020, 07:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 289
Posted By CalumII
Re: The Lamentation of Owen Roe O'Neill?

Here is my rough sketch of one way of accommodating it. It falls off the end of the scale in both directions, but not by much. You need a G sharp (fingered x oxx xoox on most GHB chanters) and you...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-08-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 701
Posted By CalumII
Re: Ganaan PC

There is a page about the company here:


https://www.bcpipers.org/2020/05/ganaan-highland-manufacturing-ltd/


I understand the enthusiasm for establishing a strong brand, but I think when you...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-08-2020, 06:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 460
Posted By CalumII
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-07-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 462
Posted By CalumII
Re: Extra notes

It won't work on *any* GHB chanter, at least none I've ever tried. Creating a chanter that does this involves quite a lot of work balancing hole size and position. Patrick's chanter is is in some...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-06-2020, 02:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 623
Posted By CalumII
Re: An experiment for PC pitch!

Thanks Richard! (And Andrew, I hope your head isn't too sore today...)
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