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Forum: Piobaireachd 11-25-2019, 05:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 691
Posted By Piping Potential
Memorization techniques?

Does anyone have advice on how to memorize piobaireachd? Even with short tunes I continue to have memory slips. Seems to be no hope for longer, more complex tunes.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-25-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,855
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Wimps, Unite!

Thanks for the advice Pip01, I will do just that and see how it works! :)
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-25-2019, 04:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: PC with optical sensor problem?

That's good to know about the sensor sensitivity as I too have been making adjustments in larger increments. Will also try with the tight gracenotes and strikes.



I've noticed a lot more...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-14-2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Posted By Piping Potential
PC with optical sensor problem?

Hey all. I've recently purchased a practice chanter with an optical sensor, and I'm having an issue which I'm not sure is user error or actual problem. Should a note sound before the finger...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 11-07-2019, 01:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,855
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Wimps, Unite!

What serendipity that this thread resurfaced as I have recently come to the conclusion I've been playing a reed that's too hard. I can go to the gym and lift heavy weights, but after playing the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-24-2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,428
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: How to Obtain Good Chanter Reeds

Thanks all for your replies thus far.


I play the RJM chanter - a Naill chanter made to Roddy MacLeod's specifications. I know he recommends Troy and Shepherd. I've tried both and the best is a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-27-2019, 01:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,428
Posted By Piping Potential
How to Obtain Good Chanter Reeds

Hello. Wondering the best way to find a great chanter reed. Does one order a half dozen from a supplier and hope for a good one? What do you do with the five that suck? Send them back? Eat the cost?...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-23-2019, 11:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,633
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Your 2019 setup?

I'll share a bit of wisdom I learned this summer at piping school:


"If it's going, and it's going well, don't f*#% about with it."


:)
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-23-2019, 11:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 848
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Bass drone goes out of tune quickly

I removed some tiny burrs where the nose cone goes in and underneath the blade. I also added some hemp on the joints just to make sure they were air tight and made sure the reed was seated tight. ...
Forum: Adult Pipers 07-22-2019, 03:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,753
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Peaks and valleys of the learning process

I was chatting with someone today about piping frustrations and his advice was to just let go. Stop trying to be in control. Even with diligent practice, fingers and brains will progress at their own...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-22-2019, 03:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 848
Posted By Piping Potential
Bass drone goes out of tune quickly

Hi all, hopefully someone can help me. My tenor drones stay in tune with the chanter and with each other pretty well (Selbie). However my bass drone always seems to need to be tuned (kinniard...
Forum: Competing Pipers 04-30-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,769
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Most frequent/overplayed tunes for solo competitions

Not sure about light music, but at one competition I must have heard the piob "Glengarry's Lament" at least a half dozen times by players in both Grade 3 and 2.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 04-18-2019, 05:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,297
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Controlling nerves

Have you tried talking to your band mates about your problem? Just being open and honest with them is likely to ease your nerves a bit. And unless they're complete jerks, people enjoy helping others...
Forum: Competition Results 04-16-2019, 04:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 595
Posted By Piping Potential
Re: Las Vegas

I assume you mean bands? Pasadena Scots took first in both Grade 3 MSR and Medley. I believe Phoenix came in second overall.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-16-2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 788
Posted By Piping Potential
Exercise sheets - good or bad?

Hello all. What's the consensus on using exercise sheets to practice? Some big name pipers seem to consider them boring and a waste of time while others recommend them. I don't mind the boring bit,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-13-2019, 04:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 884
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: 1,214
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: 1,214
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: 874
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: 816
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: 71
Views: 6,816
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: 1,097
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: 874
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: 71
Views: 6,816
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: 1,097
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...
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