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Old 05-20-2019, 03:20 AM   #21
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Default Re: Too much tape

Originally Posted by Texas Gael View Post
I tuned up on a concrete area at the end of the field, then moved onto grass to compete.
I played in a band Pipe-Majored by a great reedmaker and tonemeister, and he was always diligent with that issue. He would check the competition area and make sure our tuning was done in the same conditions pavement or grass, sun or shade.

I see bands not doing this at every Games.

It was really brought home to me when I was playing background preservice music for a wedding. I was playing on pavement and my pipes were nicely settled in. Then the wedding people wanted me to move over to a grass area, and immediately my chanter went all pear-shaped.

The amazing thing wasn't that the overall pitch went flat. I expected that. What amazed me was how individual notes of the scale moved sharper or flatter in relation to each other. Low A, B, C, and D were all in different places and I had to keep moving tape. (Somehow the high hand stayed good- I would have expected High G to go flat, but no.)
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:42 AM   #22
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Default Re: Too much tape

My experience is that with a few rare exceptions, tuning up in the sun is a bad idea in the North American climate. If it's hot, the chanters never stabilize. They just keep absorbing heat and going sharp indefinitely.

The obvious exception to this is a cool day when temperatures in the shade will be much too cold. That kind of weather is pretty common in Scotland, but less so during the US competition season.
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