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Old 02-22-2018, 03:55 PM   #11
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I was just revisiting Julian's site the other day. He is certainly exploring new ideas with regard to pipes!
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Old 02-23-2018, 03:51 PM   #12
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Actually, I'm fairly certain that Colin Armstrong is the madman behind the Colin Armstrong double pipes, with Julian Goodacre there as facilitator. Not to take anything away from either of them. Check The Savage Prunes videos as well as Colin's. Colin was more or less working as apprentice and getting Julian's help, as I understood it. Two great minds on one project. In the end, I doubt you could point to it and say which of the two, but without either of them, no project.
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Old 02-23-2018, 04:28 PM   #13
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It's Callum, not Colin, and he does indeed play a triple chanter, as well as his double chanter. He works so closely with Julian that I suspect it would be difficult to claim the work as one or the other's.
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:05 PM   #14
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I did that around 20 years ago, tuned drones down to Ab (what pipers call G).

Highland pipers have always played tunes in Ab (G), just over Bb (A) drones.

What "G" gives you is the supertonic or 9th, the sharp 7th, and the ability to play the 4th either natural or sharp.

Many hymn tunes have an accidental, a sharp 4th which appears sometimes.

Play Morning Has Broken in G- all the notes of the real tune are right there under your fingers.

Now play Eternal Father Strong To Save in G. Once again all the notes are right there, including the 4th (your "C") which alternates between sharp and natural.

Playing in G opens up many hymn tunes. I wrote a piper's hymnal many years ago (that I never published) which puts quite a few hymns in G, because that's the only key that works.

Not only hymn tunes, try Anchors Aweigh, Caissons, and Wild Blue Yonder.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:57 PM   #15
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Thanks Richard, I'll give those a go!
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Old 02-26-2018, 07:53 AM   #16
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I did that around 20 years ago, tuned drones down to Ab (what pipers call G).

Highland pipers have always played tunes in Ab (G), just over Bb (A) drones.

What "G" gives you is the supertonic or 9th, the sharp 7th, and the ability to play the 4th either natural or sharp.

Many hymn tunes have an accidental, a sharp 4th which appears sometimes.

Play Morning Has Broken in G- all the notes of the real tune are right there under your fingers.

Now play Eternal Father Strong To Save in G. Once again all the notes are right there, including the 4th (your "C") which alternates between sharp and natural.

Playing in G opens up many hymn tunes. I wrote a piper's hymnal many years ago (that I never published) which puts quite a few hymns in G, because that's the only key that works.

Not only hymn tunes, try Anchors Aweigh, Caissons, and Wild Blue Yonder.
If you can "pinch" a high B, then all the tunes mentioned above work just as well ( I'd say better) with "A" (Bflat) drones. The Air Force Song requires a couple of chromatic runs at the bottom. (I surprised an Air force Major General last November who never heard the tune played properly on Bagpipes before.) Add a cross-fingered Hi G# and a whole new world of tunes opens up in addition to Caissons and Going Home.
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