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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 11-13-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By CalumII
Re: Cane drone reeds for Smallpipes

Yes, they are perfectly normal, though Highland pipers converting are often attracted to the reliability of synthetic replacements (says the chap who has had a set of ezeedrones in his smallpipes...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 11-13-2018, 04:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 735
Posted By CalumII
Re: In search of Dr. James Bett

Fantastic work Lloyd. I'd be interested to see the obituary, but I don't want to put you to work duplicating Jeannie's research!
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-13-2018, 04:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 171
Posted By CalumII
Re: Blair Digital Chanter Settings

Thanks Tom. Yes, those three tests are what I was referring to - if you can get those working you should have an instrument that responds relatively realistically.



As pipers we don't...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-13-2018, 04:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Posted By CalumII
Re: military etiquette?

Historically, pipers have often followed rules around military decorum, simply because so many had or have a military background. It's relatively unusual to see a competitor salute the bench at a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-12-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 171
Posted By CalumII
Re: Blair Digital Chanter Settings

If you look up previous threads about the chanter, I posted about what I did to get the sensors about right. It is a bit of a frustrating process, for sure. I'm not convinced this type of sensor is...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 11-10-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 735
Posted By CalumII
Re: In search of Dr. James Bett

It occurs to me that in those days professionals (doctors, lawyers, etc) did not advertise, which would be one explanation why Dr Bett would publish as plain James Bett. This was the same reason Alf...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-09-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 583
Posted By CalumII
Re: Modern Brakes on Tempo

For Highland dancing, it varies a bit depending on the dance, but basically a wee bit faster than we usually play.

Cape Breton step dance, well, it's difficult not to play for those tempi and...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-09-2018, 07:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 583
Posted By CalumII
Re: Modern Brakes on Tempo

And just to add - a lot of this preference is because it's what we're used to.



Spend a month playing your competition marches at 92bpm and see how you feel after getting used to that tempo.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-09-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 583
Posted By CalumII
Re: Modern Brakes on Tempo

> There's a panache to a relaxed 6/8 or 2/4 that's lost when it gets sped up.


That's not an uncommon point of view. The thing is - a good musician will make something sound good whatever the...
Forum: Music 11-09-2018, 04:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 545
Posted By CalumII
Re: Play it as You Sing It

> For postage?...Id bet that was a mistake...



Postage to and from Oz, especially for less common routes, is hellish expensive. I once bought some Ross bags & gubbins direct and had to sit...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 11-09-2018, 04:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 583
Posted By CalumII
Re: Modern Brakes on Tempo

> Why do you reckon we're slowing solo pipe music down?


Because slow and clean wins competitions.


Back in the time of Willie Ross, light music players were expected and encouraged to dazzle...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 11-08-2018, 06:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 735
Posted By CalumII
Re: In search of Dr. James Bett

How interesting. A move from Coatbridge to Strathtay would make sense on several levels, though the dates don't quite match up.


Meanwhile, here's an intriguing glimpse from Google Streetview of...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 11-07-2018, 04:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 735
Posted By CalumII
Re: In search of Dr. James Bett

As to the nature of his doctorate, everything I know is in my first post. John MacDonald refers to him as "the late Dr Bett", and the tunes I mentioned refer to a Dr Bett. Of course there's no...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 11-06-2018, 03:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 735
Posted By CalumII
Re: In search of Dr. James Bett

Well, that's serendipity for you! Thanks Roddy.


I've suspected for a while there's a PhD thesis to be written on the "gentleman piper" and their influence on piping.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 11-05-2018, 06:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 735
Posted By CalumII
In search of Dr. James Bett

I'm interested to learn more about this chap. He seems to have been a fine player, held in some regard, and we know next to nothing about him. Can we do better?



What we know about James Bett...
Forum: Piobaireachd 11-04-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 464
Posted By CalumII
Re: Chedari and friends

Thanks Ron/Roddy,


I've got the scan of the canntaireachd, which raises more questions than answers! Translating what's given literally makes me wonder if Campbell played slightly different...
Forum: Piobaireachd 11-04-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 464
Posted By CalumII
Chedari and friends

I'm having a wee look at The Bicker (Port a Mheadair, PS 4) and attempting to translate it into canntaireachd, not having used it all that much previously.



I'm looking at the standard Nether...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 11-02-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 704
Posted By CalumII
Re: Inverness pipers 1894 pic

Wow, that's quite a shot.



The guy behind Roddy Campbell looks suspiciously like a time-travelling Gordon Campbell.



Could the young lad midway between Nicholson MacKenzie and John...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-01-2018, 04:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,019
Posted By CalumII
Re: Possible CITES changes

No. This is about species listed under Appendix II, which means species that are not at risk of total extinction, but *are* at risk of commercial exhaustion.



Ivory is listed under a...
Forum: Music 11-01-2018, 04:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 414
Posted By CalumII
Re: Doctor Jimmy Campbell's Welcome Home

It's a mad, mad world we live in.
Forum: Music 10-31-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 414
Posted By CalumII
Re: Doctor Jimmy Campbell's Welcome Home

The book number is in the database as 61,8; there is a separate listing for the Piping Times which gives the "page" as 61,8 - are these duplicates? (Also the two PT listings given as 41,8 and 61,8...
Forum: Music 10-31-2018, 04:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 261
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tunes by George MacIntyre of Campbelltown

I don't have the book, but Pekaar lists it as containing a tune called Donald Campbell which is a two-parted 9/8 - if anyone has the book, could you see if it's the same tune?



The tune...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-28-2018, 09:12 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,492
Posted By CalumII
Re: Tone Protector vs. Pipers Pal

Reeds adapt to the bag conditions very quickly. If I dunk a reed under a tap and pop it in the sheep, it will be feeling dry in a few minutes of playing.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-28-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,604
Posted By CalumII
Re: Glenfiddich Livestream?

Things like hearing gracenotes does come with experience. For example, someone playing G/E gracenotes in a bottom hand doubling sticks out a mile to me, or the F gracenote Inverary played in a slow...
Forum: Heads Up 10-27-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 570
Posted By CalumII
Re: Queens Own Highlanders, Standard Settings

Yes, sometimes a mistake is made. When SGIII first came out it was on Amazon for some stupidly low price.
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