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Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 11:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,218
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Bagpipe Backlash - McDonald's restaurant

You're so right in that, curiously, it seems the least talented are the most shameless self-promoters. Most of us who can play work hard to educate. We invite them to events (e.g., Oregon Pipers...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-22-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,041
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: ABW-Ebony Distinction

Aw, let up on Jim. I'm sure he had the song in his head when he was writing! :grin:
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-21-2020, 04:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 678
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: How do you know that you ready to teach?

I agree. While I feel the pipes (or at least chanter) is easy to learn, it's more difficult to master. Most of the adults we've had in lessons come to that realization; and that's where many of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-21-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,041
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: ABW-Ebony Distinction

Thanks, gatormac. I was trying to convey how very black my drones are (and I know they're ABW). Even in sunlight, they appear very black. And holding them next to a set claimed to be ebony, I...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-19-2020, 10:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Pipe chanter reed question

Pretty much what Patrick said. "Shrill" could mean a number of things. As you experienced, blowing on the chanter isn't the same as in the pipes, where you're possibly going to overblow the reed if...
Forum: Pipe Bands 02-19-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 743
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Pipe Band Numbers in Competition

Indeed. I also know of a band that was upgraded to Gr 3, but appealed to stay in Gr 4, citing that the move up would be too stressful for them! ?:(
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-18-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 543
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Problem with the cutoff...

I concur with the practices. We all benefit from those. In our band practices, we'll often do strike-in/cut-off exercises (e.g., a couple bars of STB or something, cut-off, a few rolls, back to...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-18-2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,771
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: How many sets do you own?

Very impressive, Wulls. Question: '30s Centers. I did not realize Center was making pipes in the '30s. At least in Edinburgh, I thought Robertson took over decades before that (then again, I'm not...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-17-2020, 07:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 543
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Problem with the cutoff...

I would suggest another bag, as well. However--and this is extremely controversial--in lieu of another bag (assuming this is zippered), you could put in tone enhancers, ash plugs, or something...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-17-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 678
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: How do you know that you ready to teach?

That's an interesting idea, CalumII. Pretty much anyone who's been in grad school for anything related to psychology, especially therapy, watched many tapes (plus many of us were filmed and had to...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-16-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 364
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Middle drone issue?

Hi, bethedrone. Had you not said that you had the same experience with another set of pipes, I would have suggested that you have a problem with the middle tenor drone (e.g., warped), making it...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-14-2020, 10:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 678
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: How do you know that you ready to teach?

Now it's my turn to echo what Andrew said! (He beat me to it). I agree somewhat where Calum was going, but would rephrase it to good fundamental instruction. My original instructor was an OK piper;...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-12-2020, 10:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,041
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: ABW-Ebony Distinction

Thanks, Steve. I've been to Gilmer Woods in the past, and bought some raw wood for a table and other things. Great place! Thanks for the suggestion, and I'll do that. Bummer that Portland...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-12-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 678
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: How do you know that you ready to teach?

I like all the responses, and have little to add. I can say that many of us have encountered students 'taught' by someone who never had any business teaching.

As an example, years ago, I put on...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-12-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Using up a memorial fund

Absolutely! :thumb: Non-profits, at least in our jurisdiction, must be transparent on their activities, including where funds go.

That said, a long-time member of our band died last year. We...
Forum: Pipe Bands 02-11-2020, 12:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Social anxiety and pipe band

I totally agree with Dan on these helpful observations. I would add one other observation.

I believe that performance anxiety can be complex in its origins. It can come from early life...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-11-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,041
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: ABW-Ebony Distinction

Thanks for the input. Regarding grain, however, I've read two different opinions. One said that a pipe maker said that "if he could see the grain, it was likely ABW." Others indicated that more...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-10-2020, 03:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,771
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: How many sets do you own?

Wowsers!! That IS a museum!!
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-10-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,041
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: ABW-Ebony Distinction

I appreciate the comments. I assure you that my pipes, ABW from very old and long-cured stock, is quite black. However, now that it's pointed out, I do agree that there is a 'grayishness' in...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-10-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,041
Posted By EquusRacer
ABW-Ebony Distinction

For the wood and pipe experts, how do you tell ABW pipes from those made of Ebony, particularly if the ABW set is very uniformly black? Someone in our band was talking about differences in 'gloss'...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-10-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,479
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Leaving out the gracenotes?

Agreed. I have to say when I was P/M, there were certain band tunes where I would modify an embellishment if I felt it was going to compromise unison or other. However, barring that, I pretty much...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-09-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,479
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Leaving out the gracenotes?

While embellishments are necessary and, as stated by others, part of the music, I've done an exercise with band members in chanter practices where we play a tune, leaving out all gracenotes and...
Forum: Beer Tent 02-09-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,771
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: How many sets do you own?

Although I only have one set (G. Kilgour), my wife (who isn't playing much, these days) has a set that I'll use should I travel with pipes outside the country (my set is silver and ivory, which I...
Forum: Side / Snare 02-09-2020, 12:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 806
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Why Don't Drummers March in Solos?

I think for solo pipers, it's a sort of added skill set...or perhaps just one more hurdle. Perhaps it's not fair; perhaps it is...but I've seen many a piper come apart when they march to their...
Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-08-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 208
Posted By EquusRacer
Re: Tutorials

That's a very interesting approach, CalumII. I like some of the elements you're introducing.

I don't mind the progression model, so much; but I do deviate from it. I liked the Piping Center's...
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