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Forum: Pipe Bands 01-12-2018, 10:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,091
Posted By Bish
Re: Tuning a Band to Concert Bb

You really need to invest in the Bb chanters. Taping existing chanters is an option, depending on the pitch. If you are tuning to 489 then it may be a bridge too far. If tuning at 478 then...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-21-2016, 09:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,483
Posted By Bish
Re: Colin Kyo Bagpipes - Thoughts?

The way they sound will depend on your set-up and your ability. There are very few poor sets being made these days, except for some from Pakistan. The make is not a silver bullet by any stretch. ...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-21-2016, 09:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,529
Posted By Bish
Re: Colin Kyo Chanter

Work on your technique with a good instructor and you will be able to play any chanter.
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 08-29-2016, 09:25 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,764
Posted By Bish
Re: Teaching myself? What practice chanter? Need advice.

I taught myself in the late eighties, and had to relearn all the embellishments as a result. Had fun, but wasted much time. The bagpipe is not like the guitar, which I also self-taught, just like...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-08-2016, 10:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,097
Posted By Bish
Re: A fart in the fog [Competing with a Bb chanter]

My little pipe band uses Shepherd Bb chanters for a number of reasons. We may compete next year, we will see. At the moment our pitch is not an issue at all because we do not play with, or near,...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-20-2016, 03:12 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,836
Posted By Bish
Re: Too many black arts for the new starters

As it happened, I had a new piper come to practice just after I posted yesterday about set-up. He had a squealing, double toning set of unknown make, from the 60s or 70s judging by the mustard...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-19-2016, 10:10 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,836
Posted By Bish
Re: Too many black arts for the new starters

So many posts about make of pipes and drone reeds, so few posts about a proper set-up and good blowing to the sweet spot of the chanter reed, and only then discussion about materials. Time after...
Forum: Beer Tent 07-13-2016, 01:10 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,836
Posted By Bish
Re: Too many black arts for the new starters

A pupil of mine plays a cheap set of orange Hardies from the 60s or 70s, and they sound really good, head-turningly so. They certainly have a smoother sound than Naills and Robertsons.

I have...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 07-07-2016, 11:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,713
Posted By Bish
Re: The Battle of the Somme

Commanders like that are murderers of their own men. My father, a patriotic Englishman, lost five uncles at the Somme, and never forgave the Army or the Establishment.
Forum: Music 03-08-2016, 09:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,155
Posted By Bish
Re: Double Gold for J.K. Cairns

Work it out by ear.
Forum: Beer Tent 02-21-2016, 10:57 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 21,169
Posted By Bish
Re: On the Beat?

Jim, please go on and on.
Forum: Pipe Bands 02-07-2016, 07:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,898
Posted By Bish
Re: 4/4 marches - never marching to them?

There is no English Army, only the British Army. This year at the Basel Tattoo we played STB and other 4/4 marches, with the Director of Bagpipe Music being Stuart Sampson, retired director of...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-01-2016, 07:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,451
Posted By Bish
Re: Why are strong, harder reeds preferred?

The right bag is a factor in controlling an easy reed. For me, a leather bag sits solid as a rock, and makes elbow control easier.

Overblowing is easily fixed, usually by becoming aware of the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 02-01-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,451
Posted By Bish
Re: Why are strong, harder reeds preferred?

Yes! I too have found that resting a reed makes it come back to life. Rotating six or seven sounds like an excellent idea.
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-26-2016, 04:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,371
Posted By Bish
Re: My new super easy tone reed

They are using old Warnock reeds of mine that I kept for that purpose. I have found Warnock reeds to be very good, with really bright tone. I always use them, but have used up my stock, and fitted...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-24-2016, 10:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,371
Posted By Bish
Re: My new super easy tone reed

Its is indeed about easy and vibrant reeds in general. My reed craft in this instance was putting a dental elastic over the blades to make it pitch up to my son's ultra easy beginners reed, and a...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-24-2016, 10:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,371
Posted By Bish
Re: My new super easy tone reed

Used the super easy tone reed on Friday and Saturday for Burns evenings. The chanter tuned to 473 on a Bb chanter, which compares well with the 472 from a gut-buster on the same chanter for the...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-20-2016, 11:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,371
Posted By Bish
My new super easy tone reed

My three learners are playing very easy reeds. My old reed had to go and so I replaced it with an easy Shepherd. The obvious thing happened - I was way too flat. So I put an elastic bridle onto...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-18-2016, 11:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,451
Posted By Bish
Re: Why are strong, harder reeds preferred?

When piping is no longer fun, people stop playing. Gut-busting reeds kill all the joy, and make it hard to replicate what you can do on the practice chanter.

A big part of the problem is...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-17-2016, 09:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,451
Posted By Bish
Re: Why are strong, harder reeds preferred?

Wisdom from Jim McGillivray, one of the world's best pipers: If you play a reed that is too hard for you, there will be two results - you will be very loud and you will play very badly.

It is...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-09-2016, 11:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,215
Posted By Bish
Re: Buying a new Practice Chanter

I have had to buy a shorter PC because my long McCallum is too flat in pitch when playing with others, because most people have the short kind, which is significantly sharper. If everyone at the...
Forum: Soda Shoppe 01-06-2016, 10:48 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 9,041
Posted By Bish
Re: Piping pet-peeve words

Píobaire baineann is Gaelic for woman piper. I suggest piobain as a new word. :grin: A band with men and women pipers would thus have pipers and piobains.
Forum: Beer Tent 01-06-2016, 10:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,486
Posted By Bish
Re: Piping and Arthritis

Cod liver oil capsules. Get a bottle and take three or four with every meal until the bottle is finished. Don't start again for a month. Repeat.

Olive oil with your food, for example in a sad...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-04-2016, 10:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,314
Posted By Bish
Re: Why do high level pipers prefer higher pitched chanters?

Hmmn. When I was buying a McC2 chanter, Willie McCallum said to me that he plays at not higher than 478, because the sound of the drones loses quality at higher pitches. That comment referred to...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 12-31-2015, 11:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,287
Posted By Bish
Re: Air efficient drone reeds

What Nathaniel said. It's the way you set them up.
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