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Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 11:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 630
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Your own funeral

Prediction:

Piper wants real bagpipe tunes at funeral service. Family hires Street Band Pipe Major. Video plays on YouTube for the next thirty years.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-13-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 691
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Chanter bias?

Yes, take it with a very big grain of salt. I am now in my 37th year of playing the GHB and have heard it all from some of the biggest names in the business. Early on I determined to find out what...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-08-2019, 07:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,078
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Help Improving Band Tuning

Your last comment hit home with me. I've had competition band experience with a couple of Grade IV bands and a Grade III band, and am currently playing with a new Grade IV band hoping to get some...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-01-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,333
Posted By Texas Gael
Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L00aJkUk54k

Anyone out there doing the Pakistani Bagpipe Challenge? The Challenge is to purchase a set of Pakistani-made bagpipes, get them properly reeded and set...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-30-2019, 02:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 335
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Side Zipper

I've played Ross pipe bags with side zippers for quite a while and I never noticed anything. The side zipper has never had any kind of impact on my playing.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 01-30-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 996
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: J. Higgins retail store closed up?

Given that Kansas City is in the Polar Vortex and it's currently 3 degrees there and fixing to fall to sub-freezing overnight, I would imagine that they may be temporarily closed, as is most...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-20-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 781
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Hearing protection

I wear my Etymotic ER-20 ear plugs all the time, for other activities than bagpiping. I really like them and have been wearing them for about 10 years now, wished I had started earlier. Just found...
Forum: Music 12-16-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 420
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Queen's Own Highlanders Book

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-v2SSovSCA&index=9&list=PLC7CA7B742A50458E&t=0s

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 12-08-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 796
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: James Bett (& Collection) Revisited

For the curious it's available at Ceol Sean:

https://ceolsean.net/content/Betts/Betts_TOC.html

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Music 12-06-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,550
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Irish Funeral

https://www.yourirish.com/traditions/irish-burial-traditions

Will give you an idea of the traditional Irish funeral. I've played for the Wake as well as the procession to graveside and at the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-15-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,242
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Drone Reed Recommendation for 1910 Hendersons

Canning (carbon fibre bass). My current preferred option. Big bass. Tenors mellow, but need grub-screws in deep. Needs a good MCS. Needed adjustment to get them right. Bass has a tendency to behave...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-15-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,521
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Flat E on RJM Chanter

Not everyone agrees with this, so take it or leave it ... my last resort (before carving) for a flat note is to tape down the low A somewhat.
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Yes, our band does this (I was initially...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-15-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,346
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Military etiquette?

Yes, this hits the nail on the head so to speak. I did not serve in the military (draft stopped 6 months before I turned 18 and my class was the last to get a draft card) and have no desire to...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-14-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 441
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: ID on Practice Chanter?

Made in Sialkot, but for $19 (minimum bid) you've found a bargain! Doubt if there will be anyone else bidding.
Forum: Music 11-08-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,454
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Play it as You Sing It

http://www.bradanpress.com/shears-collection/

Bradan Press has it for $32.99 US for Volume I and $54.99 for Volume II.


http://nwbagpipes.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=791
...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 11-02-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 868
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Pigs with Pipes

http://leidenmedievalistsblog.nl/articles/geoffrey-chaucers-miller-pigs-and-bagpipes

As various commentators point out, the bagpipes being played by pigs, donkeys, apes, etc., are not Highland...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-24-2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 950
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: MacGillivrary Website

https://piping.on.ca/

Works for me.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 10-19-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,516
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Glenfiddich Livestream?

https://www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/glenfiddich

The Piping Centre will be Livestreaming.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Music 09-17-2018, 07:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 974
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: When the Battle's O'er - How many verses?

I count four verses.

https://www.flashlyrics.com/lyrics/andy-stewart/the-battles-oer-44

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 09-06-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,274
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Ear protection recommendations for the band circle

FWIW I've known a number of pipers, who by the time they hit age 60, had lost a lot of their hearing because they played all those years without any ear protection. I started using the Etymotic...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-02-2018, 07:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,560
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Piping at Funerals

My first funeral was at the chapel at Fort Bliss, Texas, in the Spring of 1985. I was only 2 1/2 years into bagpiping and refused payment because I was a beginner. I was contacted out of the blue...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-31-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,004
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: What happened at McCain's memorial service

I refer to it as "The Tunes of Glory" syndrome. A long time friend of mine, a street band PM, learned to play the GHB after going to see the movie of that name back in 1961. There was a bagpiper...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-31-2018, 06:56 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,004
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: What happened at McCain's memorial service

Ford's Piper...the Fort Hood Piper...and now McCain's Piper - the list grows.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-27-2018, 07:09 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,022
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Just purchased Grainger & Campbell bagpipes

Lark in the Morning was notorious for selling Sialkot made bagpipes, claiming on their web site for years that Scottish makers were actually getting their pipes from Asia. Anytime you see a bagpipe...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-19-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,153
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: I need a wee dram or three....

I prefer my solo pitch between 472 - 475. The band I play with is at 480 or higher. I am thinking about getting a second bagpipe for solo piping so I won't have to fool with my drone reeds when...
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