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View Poll Results: Would you play on a modified chanter to alleviate tophand ring finger-pinkie conflict
I have a ring finger-pinkie conflict, I would be willing to play on a modified instrument 4 5.00%
I have a ring finger-pinkie conflict, I would be NOT willing to play on a modified instrument 1 1.25%
I do NOT have a top hand ring finger-pinkie conflict 75 93.75%
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:38 AM   #21
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Default Re: Top hand ring finger-pinkie finger conflict resolution

be very careful with any splint on your little finger - Chopin did that to his little finger, to improve his own piano playing, and he crippled it...if you are splinting, I hope you are consulting a hand expert doctor. I have had issues with my birl finger, as the tendon is slightly short, and so it curls slightly and also doesn't move as well as it should. the wee bastard.
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Old 09-15-2020, 04:48 PM   #22
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Those with MFD might want to check with Dr. Patrick Potter in London, Ontario. He is a piper and is the only guy I know who has suggested he may have some potential solutions for this issue. Many very gifted pipers have had this disease including none other than John Burgess himself. Chris Hamilton has written about this on this website and you can find info in the Adult Pipers Section.
Hi,

Not sure where this information came from but Dad didn’t have MFD - somewhere else on here someone has suggested that that’s why he practiced swopping hands when he played. This is not the case - Dad used to do that for a laugh and well, because he could. It might also be of interest for folks to know that his Dad, John W Burgess ( also a Piper )was ambidextrous - perhaps that’s where the knack came from

My brother has already advised of this some years ago via a post on this forum

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Old 09-16-2020, 06:13 AM   #23
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I think I know the issue being referred to. It is the most frustrating thing.

Hard to explain, but must have something to do with the aging process.




Greetings to All,

Hmm... Though Eastertide is now well behind us... this
present Thread Resurrection... and its reference to... "the
aging process"... does now bring forth... bring up... a new
and personalized consideration... about the E and F fingers...
so I thought I would jump back into this particular pool... to
see if any else... are undergoing any such... "New Vistas" in
their playing. :)

Our ever-present... Old Rascal... Time... being the wily and
ever-subtle companion that we shall all... find him to be... (at
least... if... one lives long enough :)... I have now discovered
that I... must now pay... closer attention... to my simply going
from E... to F... lest the F finger pulls the E finger... up... much
too quickly... and the notes become... for lack of a better word...
muddied... :(

So far... and with a bit of pre-event thought... and even at some
reasonably high speeds... this has been... correctable... :)

So my thoughts are... any else out here... with either this... or
with any similar changes... finding their way into... the playing...
and what corrections... have been successfully... brought to
bear...

All observations... and helpful hints... gratefully accepted... :)

Regards to All,

Pip01




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Old 09-17-2020, 01:25 AM   #24
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Anyone working on a chanter that does D gracenotes automatically?
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Old 09-18-2020, 09:18 AM   #25
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Anyone working on a chanter that does D gracenotes automatically?




Gus1903!!... Now... there's a damned fine idea!! :)

And my first... and much needed... belly laugh of the day!! :)

Bless you!! :) ... and... Many Thanks!! :)

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