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Old 08-31-2018, 09:49 AM   #51
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Lets hope any future high-profile piping performances are of much better quality (or ALL piping performances, no matter the crowd size).

A YouTube comment from Drag Shoe:

"This will live on forever on the internet as a millstone around the necks of really good pipers, and continue to perpetrate hatred for the instrument. "


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I wonder how it will go for the memorial service today in Washington DC.
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Old 08-31-2018, 10:37 AM   #52
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His 26” reed was too strong he decided ..so he went ‘on line’ to “learn” after only about year on pipes...how to adjust a reed.
The next time I saw the previously brand new very nice reed ...he had disasterously shaved the blades thin enough to read newsprint through ...and added a 1/16” radius at corners.

He was dumbfounded livid when I took it out and launched it about 75’ across the practice Hall.
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El Gaitero, do you still have that reed? As I get older my reed requirements are changing. I play somewhere between a feeble and a medium feeble reed.
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Old 08-31-2018, 10:45 AM   #53
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There is good news though. 99% of the folks there thought this was as good as they ever heard and top notch piping!
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Old 08-31-2018, 10:50 AM   #54
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I don't think we need to be kicking lumps out of the guy personally. Yes, it was terrible, and most of us know why.



What we have to ask ourselves is why we have a culture where people feel it's acceptable to say "yes" to something like this. Because, let's be honest, there are hundreds if not thousands of pipers as bad as this in every corner of the globe who would happily slip on their Pipe-Major's tunic and accept a healthy fee to perform in this way.



Who's out there telling these people it's OK?
I refer to it as "The Tunes of Glory" syndrome. A long time friend of mine, a street band PM, learned to play the GHB after going to see the movie of that name back in 1961. There was a bagpiper playing in front of the movie theater and my friend was so taken with the GHB that he bought a practice chanter from the piper along with a COP Tutor I and started learning on his own. In the 1970s he attended Seumas MacNeill's summer schools in Dallas, Texas. His only interest was in basic tunes like Scotland the Brave, Green Hills, etc, plus pop shtick. His level of piping was never very high and he couldn't tune to save his life, but he had the kit and acted the part, so By Gawd, he was a piper! And the public ate it up and he loved playing for them. The GHB for him was a musical prop, part of the entertainment, not the sole point of the entertainment. He never had any interest in taking his bagpiping past a certain minimal level. Unfortunately, you run into that sort of thing quite a bit in The States.

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El Gaitero, do you still have that reed? As I get older my reed requirements are changing. I play somewhere between a feeble and a medium feeble reed.


Actually,..I think I might ...as a ‘how not to’ teaching tool.

It is worthless insofar as it no loner embodies any of the OEM bench specs except for the staple.
However You can get excellent bantam reeds from Colin Maclellan at pipereeds.com. Or closer to home ..and bespoke strength,...from Chris Apps. In USA.
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Actually,..I think I might ...as a ‘how not to’ teaching tool.

It is worthless insofar as it no loner embodies any of the OEM bench specs except for the staple.
However You can get excellent bantam reeds from Colin Maclellan at pipereeds.com. Or closer to home ..and bespoke strength,...from Chris Apps. In USA.

You saw my little winking emoji right?
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Old 08-31-2018, 01:04 PM   #57
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Ha!!!!! Nooo....only a thumbs up.
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Old 08-31-2018, 02:49 PM   #58
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Greetings to All,
(And I mean every swingin' shank out there.)


May I make note... that there are none here... or anywhere
else... who are immune to... or who are exempt from... a bad
reed... or bad temp/humidity difficulties... or sudden fidgets...
or just a bad go... try... plan... and prepare... though we might.
(And that's... just the way of it.)



Somewhere... in one of the Old Books... is that Rule of Karma...
(and it was... and stays... Iron Clad)... that the measure with
which ye judge... shall be used... in your judgement...


As I have said here before... anytime I have played in a solo
capacity... and it has gone well... I am never proud... I am just
Bloody F_ _ _ Grateful...


Lighten up fellas... for yours may be the next turn in this barrel...
(So say we one... and properly should... so say we all.)



Regards... et Bon Chance!! ... to All,


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Old 08-31-2018, 03:32 PM   #59
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I kind of agree with not “ragging” on the guy. However, if he really is grade 5, then why on Earth would he think himself competent enough to take on a solo paying gig?

Even as a grade 3/2 piper, I’d think twice before offering to take anyone’s money for solo piping services.
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I kind of agree with not “ragging” on the guy. However, if he really is grade 5, then why on Earth would you think yourself competent enough to take on a solo paying gig?

Even as a grade 3/2 piper, I’d think twice before offering to take anyone’s money for solo piping services.


Well at Grade 5 you can certainly perform for somethings, but at that magnitude you shouldn’t...




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