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Old 06-10-2017, 07:57 AM   #21
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Jim, in what key are you playing the tune?
I don't remember. I haven't played it since my grandpa's funeral 12 years ago. But probably in A if I needed the G# leading tone.
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Old 06-12-2017, 05:56 PM   #22
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suggest the tunes you know and if not good enough - run! the mother of the bride with a list of tunes you'll be at the rehersal and alot of hassle. Most often people with a list are good once you offer suggestions. If not i'd pass unless you need the cash.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:27 AM   #23
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Greetings to Doug, and to All,

Some of these matters can be rather delicate in their nature... and
require a thoughtful... and a soft... footfall...

In such circumstances... my guidelines are simple... and standard.

* The Client(s) wishes take precedence over my own.

* If I do not know the requested musical piece(s), I shall attempt to
learn it or them... and play the piece(s) as requested.

** Time... Time... is always a critical factor... along with whether or
not the pieces are properly playable on the pipes.

** The music must always sound good(!!)... and I must have the
proper time to learn and play it... at its deservedly high standard.

*** If... if... the music does not sit well upon the pipes... or if I have
not the requisite time for its proper learning and performance... I
then offer what I hope are acceptable alternatives.

(I once had a Devil of a time gently explaining to a Marine Corps.
Colonel... and alas, more than once... exactly why... as much as
he... and everybody else who was involved in an upcoming evening's
ceremony... would love to have me play the U.S. National Anthem
for them all... that it just wasn't possible... and... fortunately... all were
well pleased with God Bless America and The Marine Corps. Hymn. :)

Wishing for all... Good Fortune with the playing... and the Clients!! :)

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Old 06-18-2017, 04:21 PM   #24
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In such circumstances... my guidelines are simple... and standard.

* The Client(s) wishes take precedence over my own.

* If I do not know the requested musical piece(s), I shall attempt to
learn it or them... and play the piece(s) as requested.

** Time... Time... is always a critical factor... along with whether or
not the pieces are properly playable on the pipes.

** The music must always sound good(!!)... and I must have the
proper time to learn and play it... at its deservedly high standard.

*** If... if... the music does not sit well upon the pipes... or if I have
not the requisite time for its proper learning and performance... I
then offer what I hope are acceptable alternatives.


AMEN to the above!

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(I once had a Devil of a time gently explaining to a Marine Corps.
Colonel... and alas, more than once... exactly why... as much as
he... and everybody else who was involved in an upcoming evening's
ceremony... would love to have me play the U.S. National Anthem
for them all... that it just wasn't possible... and... fortunately... all were
well pleased with God Bless America and The Marine Corps. Hymn.

Wishing for all... Good Fortune with the playing... and the Clients!!
Pip01
I've been asked to play the U.S. national anthem on bagpipes a few times and on many occasions, have convinced the client that it would be impossible and offered to sing it. The first time on the weather deck of USS Constitution. the second time in Hynes Auditorium in Boston- when I walked into the main auditorium after playing pipes in another room, I saw myself up on the Jumbotron- went to my mark and sang it, The Third time was for a Veterans' Day event, where I played bagpipes, then sang the National Anthem , then played Taps on bugle. I've done so many times since, with one exception- a charity golf tournament on Sept 11 where they insisted on my playing The Star Spangled Banner, so I played it on cornet.
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