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Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-13-2019, 04:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By Piping Potential
Polished drone bores?

Tonight I found an old bagpipe instruction/maintenance book I had and one of the things it mentioned was that drone bore roughness would disrupt the sound waves and create a rough tone. The author...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-13-2019, 04:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Teachers and diaphragm vibrato

Can someone explain how vibrato is produced on the bagpipe? I know it can't be from the breath.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-11-2019, 08:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Teachers and diaphragm vibrato

Vibrato is ingrained in our musical culture. Listen to any professional singer or solo instrumentalist and you hear it. It adds life and richness to the tone. So it may come automatically from us...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-07-2019, 07:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 590
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Synth bass reed suggestion

I'm glad to hear someone else mention this issue! My tenors would do that with Ezeedrone reeds. Tried two different sets. I'd get the drone almost in tune and then it would change pitch. Thought I...
Forum: Competing Pipers 02-06-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 395
Posted By Piping Potential
Amateur Contests on West Coast

Hey, just wondering what are some of the best games to compete at on or near the West Coast. I live in Los Angeles, so Queen Mary, Costa Mesa, Ventura are the only ones I know. I'm willing to...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-06-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,494
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: "B" Flat Set up

When I say "A 440" I mean concert A. So then the concert B flat (Chanter's low A) should be at 466.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-06-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 731
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Tying in a new bag

Thanks again all. It's all moot at this point. Without going into the long, frustrating story, I had sent my stocks to someone in Canada to tie in a bag, but due to the high customs/UPS fees I...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-06-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 590
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Synth bass reed suggestion

I had a L&M hide bag. Now going with a goatskin bag. I'm thinking maybe the cane reed I have isn't the best. I got it at a highland games and it was literally the only one they had. But it has...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-04-2019, 05:22 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,494
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: "B" Flat Set up

Kenny, thanks for the video, it was a great idea! Looks very easy switching to A 440 compared to having to take reeds out to install the traditional drone extenders. I'm sold!
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-04-2019, 05:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 731
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Tying in a new bag

Thanks all for the suggestions. I'd love to have someone show me how to do it but I'm not in a band and I take Skype lessons. I'll ask around and see if maybe there's someone local.


I used to...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-01-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 731
Posted By Piping Potential
Tying in a new bag

I've decided to get a new hide pipe bag (goatskin) and will need to learn to tie it in. I've done some reading and watched some videos and think I'm ready to tackle this daunting task. Just wanted to...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 01-31-2019, 02:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 596
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Good transition practice

For crossing noises, here's something you could try from the strathspey Islay Ball. Hopefully my notation will make sense:


[notes in ( ) denote gracenotes]


In triplets: E,F,HG - HA,F,HA -...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 01-30-2019, 01:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 596
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Good transition practice

I'd echo what others have said, play slowly when you practice. There are a ton of free crossing noise (CN) exercises to be found on Google, but none will help you if you aren't playing them...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 01-30-2019, 12:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,412
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Third time..crash and burn

Welcome to the bagpipe! It's a frustrating, temperamental instrument. Glenfiddich champions have trouble with their pipes and with nerves. But, the payoff for all that hassle is worth it because...
Forum: Adult Pipers 01-30-2019, 12:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Degenerative Disc Desease

For the past few years I've been watching the Youtube videos of this Houston chiropractor who has become an internet celebrity by posting (with their permission) somewhat silly videos of him treating...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-18-2019, 11:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,995
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Drone reeds "double toning"?

My tenor would always double tone with ezzedrones. Got a new set of them, same problem. Got a set of Selbies and viola, no double tone.




Yes, feel encouraged. Cane isn't as difficult as you...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-17-2019, 09:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,441
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: An epiphany: blowing tone

So awesome when it finally clicks, and so happy it did for you.!

Ive been reading this book on practice strategies by Stephanie Burns. To paraphrase, in the beginning you're just sorta clunking...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-17-2019, 09:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 768
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Bag Sizing Confusion

I checked with a good instructor and apparently all is well except I don't have the bag up far enough under my arm. So I'm gonna try and work on fixing that. If I can find the time maybe I'll upload...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-13-2019, 03:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 768
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Bag Sizing Confusion

Reevaluating the pain, it's not in the forearm but behind the elbow, next to the bicep, right in that soft, sensitive spot. Nothing sharp, just a dull ache that gets worse the longer I play. It seems...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-13-2019, 05:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 768
Posted By Piping Potential
Bag Sizing Confusion

Hi, here with yet another question, this time about pipe bag sizes. :confused: I don't play in a band so there's no one whose pipes I can test.. And I've only had one bag on the pipes in my 20+ years...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-07-2019, 10:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,494
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: "B" Flat Set up

Has anyone tried the drone extenders that go on TOP of the drones rather than on the reed? They look weird but they seem like they'd be easier to use.


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Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-06-2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 590
Posted By Piping Potential
Synth bass reed suggestion

Hey. Can anyone recommend a synthetic bass reed that would blend well with Selbie tenors (Kintail drones)? I currently play a cane bass and like that sound, but would love something that stays in...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-06-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,991
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Bagpipes as carry-on luggage

I was near the end of the line getting on all my flights and my connection was on one of those little CRJ 700 jets. No issues being able to carry on the pipes. I have the Hardie backpack case.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 01-03-2019, 05:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,083
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: First time jitters

I may be giving conflicting advice, but regarding your reed, if it hasn't eased up to your comfort level within a week I'd reach for the sandpaper. Just make sure you know what you're doing. There...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-03-2019, 04:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,991
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Bagpipes as carry-on luggage

I flew DELTA Airlines.
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