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Forum: Beer Tent 11-07-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 966
Posted By bob864
Re: Time management as a multi-instrumentalist

We all have the same 24 hours. Iíve started playing with a Celtic/folk/rock band and havenít played GHB since March really. I only practice a few hours a week and itís all whistle and EWI.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-02-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,596
Posted By bob864
Re: What reaction do you get when playing in public?

It's not specific to bagpipes. If you go to a park and play any musical instrument some people will stop and listen. People like music. Some people rarely experience live music.

I was on a...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-02-2020, 02:44 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,946
Posted By bob864
Re: Polyester thread replacing hemp?

To me, it seems like the fact that polyester thread doesn't move is a reason to not use it. :shrug:
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-02-2020, 02:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Posted By bob864
Re: Split in blowstick_repair or leave it alone

Roddy MacLellan, in Monroe, NC, fixed a crack in my J&R Glen blowstick. The repair is almost invisible and the fee was very reasonable. Probably less than the cost of mailing a piece to Scotland.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-20-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 635
Posted By bob864
Re: Jazz chord accompaniment

I have the Space Piper CD. I really liked that. Fun cover art too.

On the topic in general, I play synth bass in a band with fiddle and guitar. A lot of times I'll pick a note that I think sounds...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-19-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 567
Posted By bob864
Re: Brunswick,GA chanter lessons?

There's a guy on this forum who plays at the golf course on St. Simons Island every day.
Forum: Competing Pipers 08-10-2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,266
Posted By bob864
Re: Recording for Online Competitions

Phones do good with video and can do OK with audio. If you want to significantly improve the quality of sound, you can get Zoom u-22 audio interface and plug a CAD M179 microphone into it and put it...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-27-2020, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 599
Posted By bob864
Re: Zoom H2n Settings

I have an OG Zoom H2. It makes good recordings, but I haven't used it in a long time.

According to my memory, what you want to do is set it to a basic stereo setting and then put it into record...
Forum: Music 07-27-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,679
Posted By bob864
Re: "Wrongly" arranged and misprinted tunes

A few years ago my instructor became an EUSPBA judge. Part of the piobaireached certification, iirc, involved learning the misprints. The idea being that a judge should not penalize a competitor for...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-27-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 759
Posted By bob864
Re: Smallpipe Drone Tuning

Not a direct answer to your question, but if you tune your drones to the harmonic series (example: a e A), and if you have it perfectly tuned and balanced, it will trick the brain into believing it...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-27-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 840
Posted By bob864
Re: Reed recommendations for a Colin Kyo chanter

I'd send Murray an email and see what he says. Probably no one knows his chanter as well as he does, right?
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-14-2020, 01:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,522
Posted By bob864
Re: Harmonic support for chanter notes

Higher pitch, not higher on the pin. So assume the tenor is tuned at the hemp. If you raise the pitch (perhaps feed the drone from a tone generator) the tone will get less rich. For any given set of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-13-2020, 08:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,522
Posted By bob864
Re: Harmonic support for chanter notes

It's important to keep in mind that the drones are only one side of the equation. There is a pronounced harmonic series in the chanter too and it will interact with the harmonics in the drones.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-08-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,183
Posted By bob864
Re: Older MCC2 chanter playing flat?

Mine too. Mine plays at normal 474 to 478 pitches but the high G is terrible in the winter.

You could send Willie McCallum an email or FB message. I had a question when I was thinking of buying...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-08-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,013
Posted By bob864
Re: What tune never gets old to you?

I really like Scotland the Brave. If I had to play it 20 times in a row I'd probably be tired of it by the end, but I'd be ready to play it again the next day.

Highland Cathedral I wouldn't mind...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-06-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,279
Posted By bob864
Re: Durable Smallpipes

Without a doubt Duncan Soutar of St. Andrews has the best durable mouth blown SSP I've heard. They're entirely synthetic. The sound is nice. Not as nice as wooden bellows sets, but nicer than any...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-23-2020, 03:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 761
Posted By bob864
Re: Lightweight Pipe Case

My lightest case is a Yamaha sax case that I got at Goodwill for $5.
Forum: Beer Tent 03-23-2020, 03:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 719
Posted By bob864
Re: How big of a pitch range can you get out of your chanters?

Temperature makes a big difference. My band chanter has played in tune down at 466 without ant intervention when itís been cold. A friend who plays in a G1 band in Scotland came for a visit and his...
Forum: Music 03-06-2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,140
Posted By bob864
Re: Embelishments or not

Play it how it feels/sounds right to you.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 03-06-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By bob864
Re: Reed scraping question.

Maybe it depends on the reed?

If it's just a little too strong, then scrape it with a utility blade and a little dust and try it again.

On the other hand I had some Ross reeds someone gave me...
Forum: Music 02-24-2020, 08:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 809
Posted By bob864
Re: Wearing of the Green setting

Perfect. Thanks! That's exactly the sort of information I was hoping for.
Forum: Competing Pipers 02-24-2020, 08:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,022
Posted By bob864
Re: Solo chanter

I have an McC2 and I love the tone. I have a hard time getting any reed to play in tune (specifically a wicked sharp high G) under certain weather conditions. I'm sure it's user problem, not a...
Forum: Music 02-18-2020, 10:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 809
Posted By bob864
Wearing of the Green setting

I have seen two settings for Wearing of the Green. Which is more "correct"?

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Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-06-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 370
Posted By bob864
Re: Miking Setup for Tuning

Yes, just get a 1/4 TS to XLR cable and you can plug an SM 57 into a tuner. No preamp necessary. If itís just for tuning a $30 57 clone is fine.

For iOS devices, the Shure MV88 is awesome. Kind...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-03-2019, 05:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,163
Posted By bob864
Radical reed shaving

I had a Ross reed that someone gave me. It was so hard that I couldnít make it sound no matter how hard I blew. So it must have been more than 40Ē of water.

Having nothing to lose, I took a knife...
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