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Posted: 05-Mar-2008, 07:46 PM
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Shee'll gum the heck out of you Ulsterscottnutt!!


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Posted: 06-Mar-2008, 01:16 PM
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I thought I would add my piece here, as a playing piper.

From my experience, many folk who say they hate the sound of the pipes have never been blessed by the sound of a genuinely good piper. Quality makes a difference.
Often, band pipers have strong reeds which are loud. If I am playing indoors to an audience, I will opt for a weaker reed - bringing the volume down. Why is it necessary to make peoples ears bleed when you play ?
The duration a piper should play to any audience should not exceed 15 minutes in any one session. People get bored if they are 'forced' to listen to a long recital.
Lastly, play tunes which people know and can clap or sing along to. Mix your tunes well.

At the end of my sessions, I often invite a member of the audience to come up and try the pipes - there's always somebody who has dreamed of playing them.
I get them to fill the bag with air, I play the chanter whilst they go blue in the face. Often they will manage a few bars of a tune. The audience laughs and the victim is delighted with their efforts.


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Posted: 08-Mar-2008, 10:15 PM
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So true, as a fellow piper, I learned early that the selection of reeds was of utmost importance. The lone piper on a distant hill piping a Scotsman home would use strong reeds and let distance mute the sound. In battle, the same would be true. In other situations, mellow is better. My pipes are early 19th century military which I had rebuilt and covered with MacKintosh Aincient Tartan. I only wish my children or grandchildren would develop an interest in them.

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