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Old 02-09-2017, 11:50 AM   #1
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Default Drones on shoulder

This painting got me to thinking about drone position. Most commonly seen with smallpipes is the across the chest/other-side shoulder. This image has them on the bag-side shoulder. Thoughts on this musically or historically? I have tried it and do not find it uncomfortable. My only dislike is the tenor drone being a bit close to the ear.



I do notice that Ian Clabburn and Tyrone Heade are playing their pipes like this in some of their YouTube videos.
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I've never seen a "Dress and Deportment" squad at any gathering of smallpipes or borderpipes IMO, your comfort and the situation in which you play should be the determining factors. Drones on the should work a lot better if you're strolling, or in sessions where the seating is a bit close.

I've done a couple of weddings where the bride wanted border pipes for the procession and putting the drones up on my left shoulder made it a lot easier.
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Old 02-09-2017, 12:38 PM   #3
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I play a set of Jon Swayne's low D border pipes. The drones are massive. I often find it more comfortable to play with them over my bag-side shoulder, since there is less torque on the bag. I also do play with them horizontal. The fellow I bought them from used to play with them over his right shoulder; I never could master that.
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:46 PM   #4
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I've never seen a "Dress and Deportment" squad at any gathering of smallpipes or borderpipes
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They're there. You just didn't see them since you're always such a snappy dresser and so often well deported...

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Old 02-09-2017, 02:36 PM   #5
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There are several photos of border pipes / Northumbrian half-longs being played with the drones on the shoulder in the FARNE archive, under the William Cocks collection.

http://www.farnearchive.com/detail.asp?id=M0505400
http://www.farnearchive.com/detail.asp?id=M0502300
http://www.farnearchive.com/detail.asp?id=M0505500
http://www.farnearchive.com/detail.asp?id=M0505600
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Old 02-09-2017, 05:58 PM   #6
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Waldo—
They're there. You just didn't see them since you're always such a snappy dresser and so often well deported...

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(No, Steve, there were not shotguns involved)
Always a concern for a piper....

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Old 02-09-2017, 09:12 PM   #8
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With my new pipes, I've been having trouble with the drones hitting things like the music stand, lamps, bookshelves, as I wander around the room. They have a much longer reach than the SSP.

So I tried the drones on the bag side. I hadn't thought of that. It feels good and seems to work pretty well.

Except now I have to watch out for the chandelier.
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Old 02-16-2017, 05:41 PM   #9
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It's odd, I know, for people only used to Highland pipes or uilleann pipes, which have only one normal/accepted way of placing the drones.

But with some sorts of bagpipes it's common for the drone(s) to be placed in more than one way.

Perhaps no bagpipe has more common ways of placing the drone than the Gaida of Bulgaria and Macedonia; you'll see pipers with the (single) drone hanging down, up on the shoulder, in the crook of the elbow, or even tucked in the armpit.










Yes Scottish/Border smallpipes and Border/Lowland pipes can be seen in old illustrations with the drones on the shoulder.
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And this one... it won't let me change the photo in my post above.

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