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Old 06-18-2019, 08:32 AM   #21
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Default Re: Tunes for a new smallpiper

If you have a tubing cutter they work great for shortening a mouthpiece.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:42 AM   #22
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You asked about Hector the Hero - that works very well with your drones tuned to A and E.

There are some outstanding printed arrangements available from Tim Cummings at Birchen Music - https://birchenmusic.com - in particular, "An Appalachian Collection" is now back in print.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:30 AM   #23
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I play Hector with just the A drones. To my ear, there are too many long and important Fs to sound good with an E drone. Purely personal preference.

All of the LBPS books are worth having, as are excellent Tim's books. I'll add whichever of Gordon Mooney's books you can get, the two volumes of Allan MacDonald's Moidart Collection, and at least the first book of Gordon Duncan's tunes. In my opinion, there are a lot of smallpipe-friendly and rarely-heard tunes in the William Gunn collection, too (available from the National Piping Centre or reproduced online).
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