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Old 10-15-2010, 10:52 AM   #1
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i am of small stature (4'11'' with small hands and an exceptionaly wee pinky. any thoughts? also- i need a reality check, on the average(?) how long does it take to get the fingers to flow through a scale?
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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I'm a tall fat guy with smallish hands and a small piky too (but big feet ha ha) and I don't know if it's a real problem. My pinky almost disappears in the bottom hole of my chanter and I guess big fat fingers or pinky might be better but I can say it will come with practice.
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:15 AM   #3
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Oh and it depends what you mean. Play the scale, play the scale without crossing notes or play the scale at a ridiculous speed. I think a full week to the point you can start on a tune.
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:24 AM   #4
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I'm 5'3", have small hands and thin fingers. To hazard a guess, my pinkies measure about 2-2.5 inches long. You'll be fine. There are some very top players of similar stature.

As far as getting through the scale... it depends on the person, and it's bad for your psyche to think about how long it takes to do or learn something. Practice hard, and it'll come soon enough. Don't get hung up on timing.
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:23 PM   #5
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thanks all of you! never thought to measure the pinky (2 in for inquiring minds) i will continue to practice, practice.
i meant to play the scale clearly and without faults- at this point i know what to do, just dont seem to have fallen into a comfortable and reliable hand position
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:55 PM   #6
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There are some very fine pipers who are not big people. Gordon Walker comes to mind. When you get there, you may have to consider a pipe chanter that works better for you. I switched to a different maker because my pinky just couldn't hit the low g very well, on a birl for example. With my new chanter, it's markedly better. It's all part of the learning process - not just the music, but what equipment will fit you. But all that's a long way off (but here before you know it ).
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Old 10-15-2010, 01:29 PM   #7
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Waaaaay back when or 9 months or so I got the brainy idea to tape 1/2 the bottom hole and it worked great until I forgot to take the tape off and went to a lesson and I thought my instructor was going to have a stroke. Anyway so I toughed it out and I rarely have a problem with my chanter. My new problem is the pipe chanter hole is is bigger than my pinky so I have to be really accurate.

You do have an instructor don't you and what book are you using?
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Old 10-15-2010, 03:06 PM   #8
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Waaaaay back when or 9 months or so I got the brainy idea to tape 1/2 the bottom hole and it worked great until I forgot to take the tape off and went to a lesson and I thought my instructor was going to have a stroke. Anyway so I toughed it out and I rarely have a problem with my chanter. My new problem is the pipe chanter hole is is bigger than my pinky so I have to be really accurate.

You do have an instructor don't you and what book are you using?
LOL i do have an instructor and i will be getting a 'green' book tomorrow. highland games here and i will go oogle the pipers.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:14 PM   #9
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LOL i do have an instructor and i will be getting a 'green' book tomorrow. highland games here and i will go oogle the pipers.
Ummmm.... don't you mean you will ogle the PIPES?
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:49 PM   #10
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yup, the pipes.
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