Steve T’s eight hundred and fourteen comments

  • Re: Putting swing into your fiddle

    sbhikes I wasn't having a dig mate just trying to point out something that has become obvious to me over the years. I was lucky to have had the background and training which allowed me to develop the insight and I am ever grateful. The most important thin... more…

  • Re: Putting swing into your fiddle

    "Relax, and listen for the heart of the tune, in its simplest form. Then, and only then, think about ornaments." more…

  • Re: Has anyone ever asked you to stop playing?

    Cac you might as well ask the sun not to shine or the wind not to blow. There is no way of playing a bagpipe of any variety more quietly. In certain circumstance, with access to a pretty endless resource of reeds and chanters, some sets can be set up to p... more…

  • Re: DIY neck support for Low D whistle

    If it works for you then great I guess. I have never really heard of the need expressed for such a device though and wonder if it is really going to be the solution it might first seem. Building finger strength is essential to this kind of instrument and ... more…

  • Re: Smallpipes

    Last time I saw Andy's pipes in a vid they had more keys than a prison warder. That suggests a large range whatever the basic key. The op was looking for info on Scottish smallpipes though which are indeed a very different beast more…

  • Re: Smallpipes

    Scottish smallpipes of the types you mention are not particularly great for playing ITM. The D pipes may well be in a pretty standard key for it but the 9 note range is not generally speaking wide enough for the majority of the common repertoire. Ironical... more…

  • Re: Can music for Northumbrian smallpipes be modified to be used for piano?

    Piano is one of the most versatile instruments, in skilled hands. There is not a note on the Northumbrian pipes that the piano can not reproduce. Northumbrian pipe ornamentation is not like highland pipe ornamentation either and many Northumbrian pipe tun... more…

  • Re: My Home

    As I press post I realise I have crossed my wires. I'm mixing "Going Home" with "My Home". Doh! "My Home" was set for pipes for the funeral of one of the early 20th Century English kings I believe. George 5 perhaps? more…

  • Re: My Home

    Ah that's interesting Nigel. I had come to believe it was adapted from a "chunk" of Dvorak's New World Symphony as there's a bit of that which sounds really quite similar. But your Patrick McDonald reference way proceeds that. The influence perhaps then ... more…

  • Re: Ancient Celtic/Druid music BCE/AD

    Quantum physics has absolutely nothing to do with metaphysics. End of. I have never heard a scientist call the event horizon "metaphysical". Whatever Wittgenstein might have said he was not a physicist. more…