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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 12-06-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 230
Posted By Kevin
Re: Small Pipe Chanter Reed

That has been my experience. If you need to test it by mouth, its better to suck air through the reed by the staple. If it has dried and opened up, you can add some humidity by playing in the...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 12-05-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,722
Posted By Kevin
Re: Pipers in the old days

That is a great collection of pictures Richard! Have you ever considered compiling them into a wee book (or e-book)? I, for one, would pay money for that.

Best regards,
Kevin
Forum: Beer Tent 12-04-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,294
Posted By Kevin
Re: Forum activity levels

Interesting discussion. I agree that things wax and wane but this feels more like a significant downward trend. I think it is worth considering a few tweaks in the interest of maintaining this...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-02-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,294
Posted By Kevin
Forum activity levels

Is it just me or has this place gotten quieter and quieter over the past two or three years? I used to look forward to reading the forum during my lunch hour but now find that there are very few...
Forum: Piobaireachd 11-26-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 557
Posted By Kevin
Re: Memorization techniques?

I don't know about you guys but on my commute, I would be looking at the same tree and back of the truck in front of me for all of the Lament for Donald Ban MacCrimmon. :(
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-08-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,087
Posted By Kevin
Re: Wrist trouble and positioning

Check this out https://images.app.goo.gl/3KAEjYJxak6xVJH26

Your radial nerve, the one that runs through the ulnar tunnel (ie. the space between your radius and ulnar bones on the bottom of your...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-31-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 775
Posted By Kevin
Re: Any Favorite Tunes for All Hallows Eve?

Good suggestions based on title and affiliation so far. Does anyone have any tunes that just sound eerie?

Kevin
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-16-2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,087
Posted By Kevin
Re: wrist trouble and positioning

Do you play with your pinkie straight or curled and relaxed?

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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-16-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,087
Posted By Kevin
Re: wrist trouble and positioning

Where is the pain in your wrist and do you have any numbness or tingling in your fingers? If yes, which ones?

Take a look at your wrist while playing. Is it relaxed and relatively straight? If...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-30-2019, 10:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,153
Posted By Kevin
Re: Suggestions for newer generation Technopipes

I love my Technopipes and dread the day when they quit working, but I do find the tuning of B a little off (on my Technopipe at least). Other modifications I would love to see in the future would...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-06-2019, 07:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 531
Posted By Kevin
Re: Why can some pipes play 2 octaves?

Interesting question. I am sure others can provide better answers than I can but it has to do with the stability of the fundamental oscillating wave in the chanter. On some pipes it isnt that...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-03-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 315
Posted By Kevin
(low) G pitched chanter?

Hi,

Has anyone ever run into a G pitched SSP chanter? With some minor modifications you can play G-major tunes on an A pitched chanter but lately I have run into several tunes that other...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-01-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 599
Posted By Kevin
Re: Just how low can you go?

Dont forget that SSP, with their straight bore, play a whole octave lower than GHB or BP. I am guessing this is not what you had in mind but shows that it is possible to design much slower pitched...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-03-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 529
Posted By Kevin
Re: O Canada setting for border pipes/reelpipes

For those who can't wrangle an Eb out of their chanters, low G seems to be a passable alternative in this tune, especially if you are playing with someone else who can play Eb.

Thanks again Matt....
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-02-2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 529
Posted By Kevin
Re: O Canada setting for border pipes/reelpipes

It would probably work better with A-drones in A but there would be a lot more cross fingering. I haven't tried it yet, but Matt's version in G sounds good to me. I am planning to try it with...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-02-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 529
Posted By Kevin
Re: O Canada setting for border pipes/reelpipes

Matt, thanks from Canada. This is a good sounding arrangement. Most of us are probably more used to hearing the last three notes ascending but I have heard them descend like this before too. I...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-24-2019, 08:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 755
Posted By Kevin
Re: Case for Smallpipes

I use an old hard sided GHB pipe case from the days before MCS. I have to take the top off my base drone but everything, including the bellows, just fits. If I were replacing a case right now, I...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-11-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,904
Posted By Kevin
Re: Tunes for a new smallpiper

If it's not too late, you might consider asking John Walsh if he can add a lower thumb hole to your chanter to play C-natural. It's not one of the standard notes but you will very quickly wish you...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-11-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,321
Posted By Kevin
Re: Tunes with Great Stories Behind Them?

I don't know the original story behind "The Steam Train to Mallaig" but it might be of interest that it (now "The Jacobite Express") featured in the first few Harry Potter movies as "The Hogwart's...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-09-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,904
Posted By Kevin
Re: tunes for a new smallpiper

Hi Murray,

There are so many tunes its hard to recommend just a few. The links below might be helpful but they are not all slow tunes. Some that you may already be familiar with might need to be...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-09-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,805
Posted By Kevin
Re: The end of the world as we know it...really?

"Nothing to see here folks!"; sounds like a cover-up to me :):):thumb:

Seriously though, I agree. Things come and go in waves. If there is anything to the reported decline, I would suspect it...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-29-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 678
Posted By Kevin
Re: Rob Crabtree Smallpipe Question

Interesting discussion over there :) It really illustrates how un-phased we pipers typically are with tuning at different pitches at different times and still calling it A or D or whatever. Rob...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-28-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 678
Posted By Kevin
Re: Rob Crabtree Smallpipe Question

It sounds like a D-chanter to me but I am far from pitch perfect. It is possible it was tuned a bit sharp or that post processing of the sound files sharpened it a bit. Jim McGillivray may know...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 05-28-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 734
Posted By Kevin
Re: Repair of bass drone

Were exactly is the crack? If it is a tuning pin, repair (by replacing the pin) would likely be an economical option. If the break is more serious, replacing the whole part with a new one from the...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-26-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 481
Posted By Kevin
Re: Session In Toronto

It's a bit far for me to make it regularly but I would be interested in your tune list and, if visitors are welcome, I would try to come out once in a while.

Will this be a piper led session or...
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