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Forum: Music 07-13-2019, 05:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 725
Posted By John McCain
Re: The Struggle

Just checked in Dougie’s tunebook. It’s called “The Gem So Small”. The Struggle is a two-part reel. Same as Scotch Guard III and Forward With Scotland’s Past. Two part reel.
Forum: Music 07-12-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 725
Posted By John McCain
Re: The Struggle

The only other book I’ve seen it in is “Something Blew” (I think). I’m traveling but will check when home for the number of parts. You could contact Mr. Pincock.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 07-02-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 580
Posted By John McCain
Re: Practice Chanter Recommendations

You can try putting a couple of dental rubber bands around the reed to diminish the volume. Try one or two. With two, try to vary the amount of space separating the rubber bands on the blade.

If...
Forum: Music 06-29-2019, 06:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 725
Posted By John McCain
Re: The Struggle

Such a great tune.

In a related story, I was leaving Stirling Castle last week and heard an unmistakable voice. Turning my head, I saw Mr. Pincock arranging some of his students for a photo. They...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-28-2019, 06:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 913
Posted By John McCain
Re: Video and audio recordings

A Zoom H2n is a very good recording device per my experience. It's audio only.

A Zoom Q2n-4K is a good video/audio recorder.

If you need video, and your phone is good, a number of external...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-28-2019, 05:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 566
Posted By John McCain
Re: What happened to Omega Drone reeds

If you repeated your recording with another set of pipes, you'd likely find all of this assessment would change.

At least that's what I find and I've been doing high-quality drone reed recording...
Forum: Competing Pipers 05-10-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 806
Posted By John McCain
Re: Learning to march

Sabotage!

It’s a trick I heard Jack Lee give. It gives emphasis to the beat and lets you be mindful when practicing.
Forum: Competing Pipers 05-10-2019, 03:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 806
Posted By John McCain
Re: Learning to march

Take off your left shoe while practicing
Sing the tune while marching

Tip: Few judges expect marching back and forth during the whole tune. On un-level ground, I've marched 1/2 of one part and...
Forum: Music 05-07-2019, 06:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 865
Posted By John McCain
Re: 4 parted 4/4 march

Those are 2-parted marches. Low reading comprehension.
Forum: Music 05-07-2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 865
Posted By John McCain
Re: 4 parted 4/4 march

Horsburgh Castle by Ian Hardie
Strathcona Wedding by PM Angus MacDonald
Forum: Beer Tent 05-06-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
Posted By John McCain
Re: Tunes you can play at an Irish Session on Scottish Smallpipes in A

Get off my lawn!!

(Oh, sorry. A couple of folks beat me to it, so, you’re welcome!)
Forum: Beer Tent 05-04-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
Posted By John McCain
Re: Tunes you can play at an Irish Session on Scottish Smallpipes in A

I find it an invaluable resource!

Here are some reels to go along with the jigs I mentioned:

Matt People's #1
Humours of Tulla
The Eel in the Sink
The High Reel
Dinky's (has a high B, just...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-04-2019, 05:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
Posted By John McCain
Re: Tunes you can play at an Irish Session on Scottish Smallpipes in A

Patrick, you know of all the tune books with “Irish” tunes for bagpipes. You know, more than anyone, because of your stewardship of the Peekar index.

So, the Terry Tully books, among others (for...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-03-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,532
Posted By John McCain
Re: Learning Tunes By Ear

One of my favorite reels!

Kidding, of course, but it's a good example of the inaccuracies of a couple of session myths:

1. Real music is memorized
2. Memorized music is played at a higher...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-03-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
Posted By John McCain
Re: Tunes you can play at an Irish Session on Scottish Smallpipes in A

The Giant Irishman
Joe Cooley's Jig
Traver's Jig
Forum: Beer Tent 05-02-2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,532
Posted By John McCain
Re: Learning Tunes By Ear

Yes, I’m sure that was fun for you.
Forum: Beer Tent 05-02-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,532
Posted By John McCain
Re: Learning Tunes By Ear

It's your call, but I've had great evenings with beginners making music. You'd hate it, but I've had a lot a pleasure. Playing music with others, for me, is a privilege which comes without judgement....
Forum: Beer Tent 05-02-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,532
Posted By John McCain
Re: Learning Tunes By Ear

You're demanding quality. I'm demanding fun.

You're more than welcome to choose whatever session you wish to attend. Judging other folk's activities says more about yourself than the goodness of...
Forum: Beer Tent 05-02-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,532
Posted By John McCain
Re: Learning Tunes By Ear

Fixed it for you.
Forum: Beer Tent 05-01-2019, 09:26 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,532
Posted By John McCain
Re: Learning Tunes By Ear

Yes. Sometimes it's just more fun to play from sheet music and the folks that object to that can either close their eyes or go somewhere they prefer. Then everyone can have an enjoyable time.
Forum: Competing Pipers 05-01-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,114
Posted By John McCain
Re: Most frequent/overplayed tunes for solo competitions

I carry copies of the settings of tunes and offer them to the judges. I had a judge fuss at me that I was playing a tune wrong. His band played the tune and it was different than my setting and he...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 04-29-2019, 05:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,510
Posted By John McCain
Re: Dojo university?

If your instructor can't explain the difference between pickup notes and embellishments you should seek another instructor.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 04-28-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,510
Posted By John McCain
Re: Dojo university?

True that. And we’ll fight in the parking lot about it.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 04-28-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,510
Posted By John McCain
Re: Dojo university?

Hope I didn’t imply that anacrusis is banned.

An anacrusis is part of the melody.

Embellishments and grace notes are not part of the melody.

Two different events for different purposes.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 04-28-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,510
Posted By John McCain
Re: Dojo university?

It's one of the reasons piping (especially by mediocre or worse pipers) sounds so goofy.

As an audience member, does a note event, say a grace note or embellishment, signify a beat?

That's...
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