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Forum: Beer Tent Today, 07:21 PM
Replies: 0
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Posted By CalumII
Constructive Criticism for Pipers

Hi folks, I have created a Facebook group that I hope some of you might be interested in (link below). It is called "Constructive Criticism for Pipers" and hopefully, it does what it says on the...
Forum: Beer Tent Today, 07:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,353
Posted By CalumII
Re: Bagpipe woods

Bog Oak can be anything, and by the time it's been in the ground for a thousand years or so it might as well be. It does not turn well, it's not commercially available, and it has debris in it that...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge Today, 02:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 988
Posted By CalumII
Re: An experiment in notation

I see what you're getting at Donald, and I don't completely disagree. I do think though that a lot of the time piping teaching occurs by the "point and grunt" method - "Naw, it's no like this, it's...
Forum: Beer Tent Today, 08:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 390
Posted By CalumII
Re: Best Bagpipe for Beginners or Pros

These sites are basically affiliate click farms - they produce highly SEO'd content, which attracts organic search traffic interested in the topic. They then go on to click the links, which may pay...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + Today, 06:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 91
Posted By CalumII
Re: Border pipe chanter reed needed

Second the suggestion for Iain Allen, on all your requirements.
Forum: Music Today, 06:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 121
Posted By CalumII
Re: Somewhere Along The Road

Not sure if it's ever been published, but the writer, Rick Kemp, has an email on his website here:


https://rickkemp.co.uk/
Forum: Competing Pipers 07-10-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,292
Posted By CalumII
Re: Solo chanter

The main thing, I think, is knowing your instrument inside out and upside down. There are lots of decent chanters out there, and I think if any really held a real edge everyone would be using it. ...
Forum: Music 07-10-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 189
Posted By CalumII
Re: Breton Tunes

I would say essentially not at all, to be honest, at least historically; nowadays of course there is a great degree of cross-pollination.


Mr Tone, the system is a little different over there. ...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-09-2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By CalumII
Re: Practice Chanter Wooden Mouthpiece

There are practice chanters with ivory mouthpieces going back to the Victorian era, so the advantage was obviously clear even back then. I have seen practice chanters with plastic mouthpieces that...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-09-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 296
Posted By CalumII
Re: Newbie question - mouthpiece protectors

It might be worth having someone sensible check out your pipes. You don't mention having any issues playing practice chanter. Lip/facial muscle can take time to build up and for a few genetically...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 07-04-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 988
Posted By CalumII
Re: An experiment in notation

Yes, there are various approaches to the throw on D, and there are some very good players who are not playing any of the conventionally taught methods. And I can think of at least one who plays...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-02-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By CalumII
Re: "Orphan" Notes

Yes, I think your basic logic is sound, the thing being that the reed probably makes more of a difference at that point than the hole size. My suspicion is tape doesn't make much difference - I've...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-02-2020, 05:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By CalumII
Re: "Orphan" Notes

Yes, the ability of the reed to drive the air column also matters, but without the right design of chanter the reed can't do anything. You can have a Formula 1 racecar, but you need a racetrack if...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-01-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 387
Posted By CalumII
Re: ID-ing a practice chanter

Without wanting to cause any offence to Mr Currie, I would say this looks like an amateur's work - the off-centre hole, tool marks from the lathe, diameters not matching up, the stamping and so...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-01-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By CalumII
Re: "Orphan" Notes

If you think of the pocket of air that a hole encloses with the wall thickness, it takes a certain energy to slosh it back and forth. Now if you make that hole larger, you can't move it at all, and...
Forum: Music 06-30-2020, 02:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 175
Posted By CalumII
Re: Azerty (Breton tune)

Little bit tricky - the syncopated section is straightforward enough, eGGe GGeG dGGd GGdG etc, all in A minor. But the second section uses lots of high Bs and at one point has a bit that runs a baba...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 06-29-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By CalumII
Re: Proper Doubling Cadence

What you are describing is a difference I describe as "close" and "open" doublings. THis is my own terminology, but most teachers will recognise what I mean. An open doubling consists of two...
Forum: Music 06-29-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By CalumII
Re: Skansen Reel

Ah, you're a gentleman, sir! I always forget to try Spotify.
Forum: Music 06-28-2020, 02:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By CalumII
Skansen Reel

There's a drum setting in Alex Duthart's book two called Skansen Reel, and a tune of the same name was played by Edinburgh City Police in 1960.


It's not listed in Pekaar, but does anyone know if...
Forum: Music 06-28-2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By CalumII
Re: Speed Bonnie Boat

Without wishing to call too much attention to current events, it's incredible the capacity humans have for adopting new situations as "normal", even when they're anything but.
Forum: Piobaireachd 06-27-2020, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By CalumII
Re: A Piobaireachd based on G. Puccini's "O Mio Babbino Caro"

What I'd do right now is nothing - I'd just keep playing that ground and really get to know it.



What I had in mind was the melodic variations - Mary MacLeod, or Corrienessan's. Something...
Forum: Piobaireachd 06-27-2020, 12:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By CalumII
Re: A Piobaireachd based on G. Puccini's "O Mio Babbino Caro"

That's a really beautiful ground. Indeed, my only comment is that such a melody would easily cope with extension - perhaps a thumb variation, or a first variation and doubling.
Forum: Beer Tent 06-24-2020, 11:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 829
Posted By CalumII
Re: Proper head gear?

I second the suggestion of a Balmoral - they're a bit more secure and have bit less of a military/pipe band uniform flavour to them.



I am a bit old-fashioned, but I think a hat of some sort...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-22-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 379
Posted By CalumII
Re: Irish session tunes on SSP

Not normally no - it behaves the same way as your practice chanter does, meaning cross-fingering isn't really possible. Makers can drill an extra hole for C natural, played by the thumb, though it's...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-21-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,135
Posted By CalumII
Re: Imitation ivory and UV.

There are simple tests that can distinguish ivory from plastic, and any customs post should be able to do them on the spot. I agree officials are prone to having a bad day but at most they can...
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