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Forum: Beer Tent 03-10-2013, 08:25 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 17,547
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Reactions to ivory on pipes.

Someone would ask........

Walrus Penis bone is a very large chunk of bone. And carcasses are not considered off limits for those who want specimens. However, I do believe that the tusks are off...
Forum: Piobaireachd 03-09-2013, 04:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,797
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Best music writing softwere for Piobaireachd

I would recommend (and use) Electric Pipes.

It is very flexible and allows you to package embellishments into single key shortcuts. It makes creation of tunes very easy.

I have n problem with...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-09-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,104
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Dealing with internal band arguements

I have seen many bands come and go in my time (33 years of piping).

I have seen PMs try to own and control the whole band. His motto "Drummers are a necessary evil".

I have seen Drum Sergeants...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-09-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 17,547
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Reactions to ivory on pipes.

Interesting discussion...

I wonder how many people have thrown out their pianos because they had Ivory Keys??

Uphere in Maine there are some good alternatives which I have found:

1) Moose...
Forum: Music 03-09-2013, 02:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 690
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: What's this tune called?

Yes, the tune is Rowan Tree. This is a very common tune played with STB.
Forum: Music 03-09-2013, 02:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,539
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Pio Braireachd

Just thought I would add a bit to the definition of the music style you are looking for Mike.

"Piobaireachd" is the proper designation. It's root word is "Piobair" which means Piper. The root of...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 01-09-2009, 04:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,342
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: curious possibly WWI photo

They all seem to be happy and the master sergeant is not around to inspect the dressage. So, leave them alone and let 'em enjoy there fraternizing!
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 01-09-2009, 04:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,668
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Traditional hose color, solo piping?

Remember, this is a SOLO Piper asking the questiin! And Pipe Bands have not been around nearly as long as SOLO PIPERS.

From what I have seen and what my research has shown is that pipers of...
Forum: Piobaireachd 12-25-2007, 04:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,694
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Taorluath Fosgailte?

With "fosgailte" signifying 'Open' in Gaelic, I can see using open movements upon which the Taorluadh was originally built.

Thus a Taorluath osgailte on A might be [aldlaeA]. That is, an A-grip to...
Forum: Piobaireachd 12-25-2007, 03:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 656
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Mr best Xmas Card....

Those are the best Jim! :thumb:

Merry Christmas to you!
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-31-2007, 06:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,206
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: When can I call myself a piper?

If you can play at least one tune fairly well on a set of pipes with all drone voicing, then you are a piper, no question about it.

And, you are doing better than alot of other pipers who can...
Forum: Piobaireachd 08-31-2007, 06:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,034
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Che

The old scottish masters I have studied with all consistently used a gutteral "ch" as in "Loch".

And, I believe this would be correct as the "ch" as in cheese is seldom if at all heard in Gaelic.
Forum: Piobaireachd 08-23-2007, 08:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 948
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Sir James McDonald of Isles Lament

I agree singing the tune at full tempo is the best way to learn a tune.

I prefer to not try and learn the canntaireachd, but instead just learn the tune and let your mind come up with the vocables...
Forum: Piobaireachd 08-23-2007, 08:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,513
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Which is the correct fingering?

This looks like the beginning of a echo on F meaning:
a G gracenote
to a short F
immediate strike on E

which would then lead to another F (the echo)and finally a longer strike on E back to...
Forum: Piobaireachd 08-23-2007, 08:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 618
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Vocables

Iain said it well.

Don't go by what you hear from pipers singing tunes. Everyone has there own preferences or personal ways of vocalizing embellishments as well as themal notes. Work out a system...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 08-23-2007, 07:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,533
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Crack in Stock

For cracks that are wide, I would agree with backfilling the crack first. I have seen some crack of this type backfilled with wood putty, epoxy or even hemp tamped into the crack rather tightly. Then...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 08-23-2007, 07:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,628
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Hemping a chanter

I certainly agree no teflon tape on the chanter. Actually you can get just as snug a fit without the tape if you put enough hemp on the chanter. The unwaxed hemp absorbs moisture and will swell...
Forum: Piobaireachd 05-01-2007, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 808
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: D Throw

One of the reason swhy the Light throw may be more popular is because it allows for an extended introductory Low-G at the beginning of the throw, whereas the heavy throw cannot be played that way.
Forum: Piobaireachd 05-01-2007, 07:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 523
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: My first time.

Interesting choice for a first Piobaireachd. It is one of the longest tunes that you will find, but the ground is not overly embellished so it makes for a good tune to learn.

I assume you are...
Forum: Piobaireachd 02-16-2007, 04:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,073
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Names for embellishments

Look in any of the Piob Society books as a start. Then you can start making up your own. You will find some players do make up their own because the canntaireachd is no always comprehensive.
Forum: Piobaireachd 02-16-2007, 04:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 672
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: superlatives

Interesting survey- did you find it on MySpace? :wink:

Well here is my contribution:
Oldest- That would be a good question for Andrew Wright or Barnaby Brown.
Longest- Depends on the style of...
Forum: Piobaireachd 02-16-2007, 04:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 808
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: D Throw

I have seen both heavy and light throws on D in Ceol Mor. I have heard it played both ways, regardless of how it was written. Alot of ancient MS's have heavy throws written because that was a common...
Forum: Beer Tent Archive 03-19-2006, 08:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 874
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Ideal Job

Honest answer-

Nothing lustful or greedy or unrealistic. I would like to spend my time working on historical projects in Celtic country, mostly in architectural, sociological and musical areas.
Forum: Beer Tent Archive 03-19-2006, 08:32 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,716
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: What's up with Amazing Grace


It could be that some people don't like AG because they don't want to hear the message of salvation that the lyrics convey. That may be why the older generations like it and perhaps younger...
Forum: Technique & Instrument Archive 03-08-2006, 05:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,002
Posted By Tom Kirkham
Re: Drone Design


I would be very interested in participating in any discussions or forums on Bagpipe acoustics. My background is in applied physics (and I am a piper as well). I am getting ready to publish...
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