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Forum: Music Groups 07-31-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 601
Posted By bob864
Re: Celtic multi-instrumentalists?

Highland pipes, smallpipes, whistle, and synthesizer. I've recently gotten involved in a group where I play the synth and the whistles about 50/50. I'd still say GHB is my main instrument, even...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-24-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 329
Posted By bob864
Re: Mic-ing smallpipes?

This was the link I intended to post above:

https://soundcloud.com/user-587794595

It's a series of string quartet recordings made with a Blumlein pair.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-24-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 329
Posted By bob864
Re: Mic-ing smallpipes?

How you record it will depend on what you intend to do with the recording.

If you want a recording of solo smallpipes, then a Blumlein pair somewhere in a good sounding room will do what you want....
Forum: Piobaireachd 07-23-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 629
Posted By bob864
Re: Grade 4 Piobaireachd tunes

I've played Field of Gold (Donald MacDonald) in g4 in EUSPBA. We play the whole tune. But even in a ground only contest it's a decent tune because there are some spots of real fingerwork. It's a nice...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-23-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,165
Posted By bob864
Re: Hugh MacCallum on Practicing

Mine said that too.

To keep myself honest I just don't count time on the PC as practice. If I'm learning new tunes I might spend an hour a day on PC, but for me that equals zero practice. For me...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 07-17-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 623
Posted By bob864
Re: Better teaching methods?

It seems to me that the method you describe would probably be pretty good. It sounds a lot like how band an orchestra is taught in school. That's a big industry with a lot of competition to find the...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-15-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,165
Posted By bob864
Re: Hugh MacCallum on Practicing

I always do as much of my practice on bagpipes as possible.
Forum: Piobaireachd 07-04-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 591
Posted By bob864
Re: PS Book History

William Donaldson, in his book The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, writes about the history of the PS books.

In addition to the more popular books, one might consider Jimmy McIntosh's Ceol Mor...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-02-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 644
Posted By bob864
Re: 78 rpm

Fair enough, but would you play any random gig with your drones out of tune?
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-02-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 279
Posted By bob864
Brian Boru Pipe Band of Kearny, NJ

Hopefully this link will work. My Dad played in the Brian Boru Pipe Band of Kearny, NJ in the late 1950s. I'm not sure what this location is but it's probably either Kearny or NYC.

I have his...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-02-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 644
Posted By bob864
Re: 78 rpm

That's part of what I find really interesting. You'd assume that the King's Piper would at least be competent. My conclusion is that our definition of "competency" is at a higher level. I think...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-02-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 718
Posted By bob864
Re: Practice Chanter Recommendations

You can take the reed out and the body of the PC will still make sounds. Then make a partial plug to create however much backpressure you want.
Forum: Beer Tent 06-30-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,400
Posted By bob864
Re: Video and audio recordings

I don't think that's necessarily the case. The iphone seems to have a frequency response from 20hz to 20khz and it wouldn't if it was just for voice.

I made this recording on an iPhone 4 with the...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-29-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,400
Posted By bob864
Re: Video and audio recordings

I've never used a gopro, but I doubt you'd be happy with the audio.

For what you describe, I think a zoom h1 would be a good choice. They're rated for up to 120dB, so you won't run into problems...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-29-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 644
Posted By bob864
78 rpm

I found an online repository of 78's that have been digitized. Using the search term bagpipe pulls up a few. The one here called Mallorca is somewhat interesting. The piper is PM Forsyth, who...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-28-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 736
Posted By bob864
Re: Any Key of A practice chanters aside from the ES Chanter?

A couple years ago I was at a workshop EJ Jones did and he had A chanters for everyone. I don't know if that's something he normally sells, but if I was in the market for one I'd email him and ask if...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-28-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,314
Posted By bob864
Re: Does different price mean different quality?

You can't tell by looking how a piece of wood will sound. But you can tap it.

For the most part how a piece of wood sounds doesn't make any difference in a wind instrument.

But a better piece...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-28-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,314
Posted By bob864
Re: Does different price mean different quality?

There was a thread here many years ago. Two pipe makers chimed in. One said that they just drop the wood into the CNC machines and use any wood for any pipes. Another said that when he sees a piece...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-28-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 667
Posted By bob864
Re: What happened to Omega Drone reeds

That sounds pretty good to me.

I listened on headphones and it sounded like I was playing. Really cool!

Regarding the Omegas, they are heavy and finicky. Most people probably don't want to...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-28-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,400
Posted By bob864
Re: Video and audio recordings

If your budget reaches $250 I'd suggest the Shure MV88+. It's a high quality microphone that you can use with iOS and Android devices.

For just audio recording, a Zoom H1 is probably the best...
Forum: Music 06-28-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,466
Posted By bob864
Re: "Outlander Tunes"

I heard some version of Coming Through the Rye. We're on about episode six of season one.

The show, at least so far, really doesn't make use of music the way it could. Skye Boat Song is probably...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-18-2019, 08:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,557
Posted By bob864
Re: Tunes for a new smallpiper

If you have a tubing cutter they work great for shortening a mouthpiece.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-17-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,557
Posted By bob864
Re: Tunes for a new smallpiper

So it sounds like you should take the stick out and dump the water from the stock. If you look down inside you'll probably see some sort of device in there with a flapper valve and a kind of groove...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-15-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,557
Posted By bob864
Re: Tunes for a new smallpiper

Is it a wooden set? One assumes that since you're worried about moisture it's a mouthblown set.

My Soutar SSP is mouthblown and made entirely of plastic. I usually unzip the bag when I'm done...
Forum: Adult Pipers 06-15-2019, 07:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,143
Posted By bob864
Re: Peaks and valleys of the learning process

No. That's just wasted energy.

It's hard, and it's supposed to be hard. The only thing we can do is methodically work towards our goals. I usually work on something three or four times, and then...
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