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Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 556
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Scottish Power - aluminium foil?

Reportedly, it worked.
Looks-wise, you'd think they were saving bridies to eat as soon as they walk off the field.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-17-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 870
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Low G won't sharpen

Bumping post to see if there was ever a resolution to this problem.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-11-2019, 11:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,759
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Head shakers

Guy comes up to me in a parade with the band:
"Are there actual songs for the bagpipe, or do you just make it up as you go along?"
Me: "Yeah, we're all so magically psychic that 20 of us can make...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-10-2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,855
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Chanter reeds, what makes good, what makes bad?

I wish the phragmites australis that grows in Michigan was useful for reeds. That invasive junk is taking over.
Forum: Music 08-05-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 625
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Rakes of Mallow pipe tune

This has been an interesting discussion. :thumb:
Rakes of Mallow is also a great tune for teaching students high G and D gracenote patterns.
Forum: Music 07-28-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 625
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Rakes of Mallow pipe tune

I'd always thought it was an old Irish tune, but I notice Sir Charles Forbes sometimes listed as the composer and also see it alternately titled as "Sir Charles Forbes of Edinglassie's Quickstep."...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-28-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 556
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Mini MSR competition. Something I'd like to see.

There are so many nice two parted marches, strathspeys and reels languishing all but unnoticed in our books and archives, save for the occasional dusting off for a medley. It might be a nice addition...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-28-2019, 12:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 870
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Low G won't sharpen

Set it at "just temperament", not equal! Just temperament is what bagpipes tune to. Equal is for piano players, guitarists and most of the Western world not playing traditional instruments. Your low...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-25-2019, 03:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 870
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Low G won't sharpen

Out of curiosity, I looked up the Braw Tuner app and it seems to have an Equal and Just temperament setting. If you are on Equal temperament, low G will ideally show at 31 cents flat if it's in tune....
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-24-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Mic-ing smallpipes?

For videos and such, I've recently begun using a Zoom Q2N to replace my Blue Snowball. Camera and mic are in one, and it picks up sound well. Can handle up to 120db without distortion, too, so the...
Forum: Music 07-24-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,152
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Irish Funeral

Another good reason to carry a tin whistle. I carry one in place of a sgian dubh.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-23-2019, 11:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,503
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Taps on pipes?

I had a bridezilla who, through many emails of attempted negotiations, would not be dissuaded that the Trumpet Voluntary is better left to a trumpet player or anyone with more than an octave range. ...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-23-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,374
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Video and audio recordings

Test #3 of the Zoom Q2N, finally getting around to making a video of the highland pipes instead of border or smallpipes. I'm not in a studio, just the living room, but it still picks up pretty well. ...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-21-2019, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Scottish Smallpipes - New Reeds for an Old Set

In what part of Michigan are you?
I might be able to meet up and help.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-18-2019, 08:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,374
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Video and audio recordings

Tested out the border pipe, today with a quick video. The mic is about four feet from me. Maybe I'll do the highland pipes tomorrow. https://youtu.be/1tiajAQCk0k
Forum: Beer Tent 07-18-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,058
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Pierced Pipers?

I never had any tattoos or piercings. I can think of it possibly affecting some preconceived notions on the client's part, even though it shouldn't. 30 years ago, (in my punk rock days) when I was...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-16-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,374
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Video and audio recordings

William McKenzie, here's the first test. I'll try it on border pipes and highland pipes tonight or tomorrow. Sorry for the train whistles in the background. ;)

https://youtu.be/6yeTXaq3xNA
Forum: Beer Tent 07-13-2019, 09:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,374
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Video and audio recordings

I bit the bullet and ordered a Zoom Q2N-4k today. I've been wanting to make a video of something I'm developing and the Blue Snowball mic wasn't cutting it. Windows Movie Maker has also been...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-25-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 473
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Reeding a Colin Kyo for 475 Hz

If you have some reeds to spare, you might try unwrapping a reed you can afford to lose and tie it to a longer staple. You could experiment using 5/32" or 4.5mm brass tubing. 4mm is slightly too...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-17-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,861
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Tunes with Great Stories Behind Them?

If I remember correctly, A.G. Kenneth's reel, The Back of the Moon was written somewhat by mistake. According to the story I heard, he brain-farted while playing for dancers at a party and went...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-28-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,503
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Taps on pipes?

It does work on the pipes, often called 'the hardest 24 notes to play'. I'm not sure how I feel about it, as it seems to be one of those tunes that "should" be bugle only, but it does work well to...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-24-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,688
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: I hate my bagpipes

I love all my pipes (GHB,Small & Border) and they run well, but there are some days I want to chuck'em into a fire and never look back.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-16-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 898
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Smallpipes & Whistle

Since it's likely to go in that direction, and may be helpful to the original poster, what entry level whistles are people liking these days?
I wish I could still get Soodlum whistles from about 30...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-15-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 898
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: Smallpipes & Whistle

D whistle is definitely what you want. You've got A to A scale capability with useful notes below the regular scale (D,E,F#,G).
Forum: Music 05-07-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 925
Posted By TwitchyFingers
Re: 4 parted 4/4 march

The Inner Guard by Robert Mathieson is very musical.
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