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Old 08-15-2019, 03:18 PM   #21
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Years ago I was playing a wedding that also had a SNIP. He said, "Man, you've been going all day!"
"Yep. Still have a ways to go." I replied.
"You ever going to play anything different?"
I'd have said, next time, I'll bring my tuba.

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FWIW, I've heard some AFM locals don't consider bagpipers to be Musicians. I'm proud to be long to the bsame local as members of the BSO, the Pops, Yoyo Ma…
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Old 08-16-2019, 08:54 AM   #22
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I was playing a wedding that also had a string quartet.
It's sweet revenge when your pipes are better in tune than the string quartet is!

They fight the same tuning battle we do. Sometimes the violins win, sometimes the pipes do.

I played at an outdoor wedding where the string quartet had to set up and play on the grass. All that moisture is deadly, and their tuning was horrendous.

When my time came, the pipes were singing.

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"Which union?" says the violinist.

"The Musician's union." says I.

"What's your instrument?"

"Bagpipe."

"But that's not really a musical instrument is it?"
Nearly all my Union work (AFM Local 7) was Studio work on the uilleann pipes, and in that line of work people figure that if you're in the studio sightreading, you're "legit".

The easiest way to prove that the pipes require skill is to hand your set to the professional musician and ask them to play a scale. I can knock out a scale on a violin, or trumpet, or clarinet. I doubt many of them can do it on the pipes.

(At Uni I had to take a six-week course on each orchestral instrument.)
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:18 AM   #23
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...hand your set to the professional musician and ask them to play a scale.....
Is there any other instrument that requires as much just to get to the point where you can play a scale?
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My band was walking up to a parade start point when a drunk lying in the gutter said "You gotta stop wearing them dresses and get right with God". We got a kick out of that.
Tucker that is a good one!
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Nearly all my Union work (AFM Local 7) was Studio work on the uilleann pipes, and in that line of work people figure that if you're in the studio sightreading, you're "legit".

The easiest way to prove that the pipes require skill is to hand your set to the professional musician and ask them to play a scale. I can knock out a scale on a violin, or trumpet, or clarinet. I doubt many of them can do it on the pipes.

(At Uni I had to take a six-week course on each orchestral instrument.)[/QUOTE]

I have played piano and then many years on the trumpet. YES... most musicians could not handle even striking in and holding a single note, let alone playing a scale on the bagpipes!
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The easiest way to prove that the pipes require skill is to hand your set to the professional musician and ask them to play a scale. I can knock out a scale on a violin, or trumpet, or clarinet. I doubt many of them can do it on the pipes.

(At Uni I had to take a six-week course on each orchestral instrument.)
Me to, but a Uni I was a tuba/ Music Ed major, so I had one semester on woodwinds ( clarinet), one on brass other than my major (Horn in class, trombone in Lab Band) one on strings (cello) plus vocal ensembles.
My younger brother is also a professional musician, retired music teacher and a former marathon runner. One time years ago at a family picnic he picked up my pipes and tried to play them. Nothing doing. We have dome one gig together where he filled in as my drummer, though.
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Is there any other instrument that requires as much just to get to the point where you can play a scale?
Nope, even your average beginner band or orchestra student is squeaking out a 1 octave (concert pitch) B flat or D major scale after a few weeks of group instruction.
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2 musicians, and a Bagpiper walked into a bar!
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I had one semester on woodwinds (clarinet), one on brass other than my major (Horn in class, trombone in Lab Band) one on strings (cello) plus vocal ensembles.
Interesting. Our thing was set up differently, with instruments done in pairs, so one semester trumpet/French horn, one semester trombone/tuba, one semester oboe/clarinet, one semester violin/viola, one semester Highland bagpipes/uilleann pipes.

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My usual irritation is "Oh, are you Scottish?" and assuming that bagpipes are particular to Scotland.
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