Small Pipes, newbe

Small Pipes, newbe

Unlike an earlier posting of a pipe player changing to the box, I am going the opposite way. I am waiting for the delivery of a set of Scottish small pipes in ‘A’ from Dunfion on Arran. A friend, in the mean time, has lent me a set but they are in the key of ‘D’ which limits their use for scottish music. The chanter finger spacing is also very close which I find makes it dificult to play the accidentals. They also seem to use a lot of air when the chanter and all the drones are sounding. It is hard work pumping the bellows to keep them all sounding. Is this usual? Can anyone suggest any CDs of the small pipes I can listen to.

Rod

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They shouldn’t take a lot of air. Check that the bag isn’t leaking, that the reed isn’t wide open. The bellows should be relaxed, almost incidental. Don’t try to pump in time to the music.

Ian Lawther http://travelingpiper.com/CD/comdisc.htm

has some Scottish smallpipe stuff on his CD.

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Viki Swan has a podcast tutorial which is excellent. Her Cds with Johnny Dyer are very good too although much of it is their own stuff rather than traditional tunes but it’s a great way for learning

Sarah

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I actually have a couple Bagpipe tunebooks with Irish tunes that I am loking to get rid of. Send an email if you would like them.

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I don’t know of any recordings of *only* Scottish smallpipes, but the late Gordon Duncan and The Peatbog Faeries, from Skye, have both recorded tracks with them.

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www.ceolsean.com is a place where most collections of scottish pipe music can be got on CD. He specializes in the oldest collections which are possibly better for your purposes as they aren’t so cluttered with fancy gracenotes.

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Oh, I forgot to mention bobdunsire.com, a forum devoted to discussion of all things pipe-related; there is a section on small pipes.

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has anyone had experience with
Dunfion smallpipes http://www.arransites.co.uk/bagpipes/small%
20pipes.htm

I just got a Dunfion goose smallpipe set in ebay with both chanters in A & D, and the maker Keir Murdo, offered me the missing drones but, I don’t know if this will be useful for someone who is thinking to play with both D/A drones & chanters.
I know Wash makes smallpipes with exchangable keys but what would be better for this dunfion set, perhaps two drones instead of three is more useful…. Anybody with opinions on the 2 drone Dunfion switchback smallpipes? any comparison with the standard thre drone set?

Gracias & salu2,

Luis

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Hello!
I’d love to hear from anyone who tried out my smallpipe podcast. I’m running a competition this week for people who have tried it out. Answer a questionnaire and the first 20 people to reply win one of our CDs. Check it out if you’re up for this!

http://smallpiper.blogspot.com/

:)
Vix

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Hello!
At long last I’ve finished recording and editing the Scottish Smallpipe tutor! In celebration of this we have put together a small podcast of Scottish Smallpipe tracks for everyone to have a listen to. So if you fancy just having a listen to a 20 minute episodette from mosey on down to http://smallpiper.blogspot.com/ and take a listen!
:)
Vicki & Jonny

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Hey, Vicki, how can us Americans buy that?

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Hello!
You can buy it direct from me.
I’ve set up a page to so you can see what the final tutor looks like and to make sure you can get Quicktime working for you.

http://homepage.mac.com/smallpiper/tutor/index.html

(One thing to note is that because the final product is a CDrom, the pages load in much quicker than on the web.)
:)
Vicki

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