[NSP] Re: Doubleday

2010-12-21 Thread Christopher.Birch
the special quality of the smallpipes is that they can be played in tune But unfortunately often aren't, even by respected players! If the cap fits... csirz To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: Doubleday

2010-12-21 Thread Christopher.Birch
what Northumbrian pipes can do better than any other; that precise delivery of detached notes with duration and silences perfectly timed. But unfortunately the obsession with detaching the notes sometimes lead to the durations and silences being somewhat random - thus destroying the rhythmic

[NSP] Re: Doubleday

2010-12-21 Thread Francis Wood
I think the discussion was really about the best that can be heard in Northumbrian piping. Random timing and poor intonation can be heard in abundance whatever the instrument and has nothing to do with NSPs in particular. Rather than dwelling any further on mediocre musicality, I'd rather

[NSP] Anthony Robb

2010-12-21 Thread Anthony Robb
Yesterday John Gibbons wrote: Is 'the NSP don't move Anthony as much as the fiddle does', a sentence about the NSP or about Anthony? He has now explained that this is his own paraphrase based on something I wrote about one particular tune played by two top rank players on the

[NSP] Re: Doubleday

2010-12-21 Thread Dave S
Hello inky-adrian, This is interesting and thought provoking, but I would like to have your insight on where, and how, the precision can be found and appreciated. At my level of fumbling I need all the help I can get to begin to feel the phrases the composer unconsciously put together to make

[NSP] Re: Doubleday

2010-12-21 Thread Christopher.Birch
There is no more expression in those who can play the detached method with feeling. This seems an odd statement from one such as Adrian. Is there a word missing? E.g. than ... (... in those who can play the detached method with feeling)? Or shouldn't the word no be there? c To get on or

[NSP] Re: Anthony Robb

2010-12-21 Thread Christopher.Birch
two best instruments in the world. You forgot the viols! I have always been moved by music and it affects me often at a physical level. Not just bringing me to tears when it is beautiful but also hurting when it's not right. I can sympathise with this. Personally, I find bad tuning

[NSP] Re: Doubleday

2010-12-21 Thread Jim McGillivray
Talking about expression outwith the context of tone, technique and rhythm is like talking about tone as detached from tuning. The most moving performances are always a combination of all three. One may play the greatest expression in the world, but if it is on an instrument the is not well

[NSP] Re: Doubleday

2010-12-21 Thread GibbonsSoinne
only one finger off at a time is usually read as being about open-fingered ornaments, or the horrible slurred playing some people go in for. No need to make a fetish of it, avoiding vibrato too. I've heard at least 3 excellent close fingered pipers advising using vibrato in

[NSP] Re: Doubleday

2010-12-21 Thread Richard York
We've been at risk of straying onto the which instrument is best? territory here, methinks, but Jim's points are right, to my mind. And they bring me a few more thoughts which I hope are useful and not merely pompous! Some instruments are easier to make an acceptable sound on than

[NSP] Slurs

2010-12-21 Thread Anthony Robb
From John Gibbons or the horrible slurred playing some people go in for I take it this is a very different thing to the slurs in Chris Ormston's Blackbird? Anthony -- To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] technique etcetera

2010-12-21 Thread John Dally
Quote from Anthony Robb: May I suggest picking one tune that really speaks to us but isn't yet inside us (this includes brain, heart and fingers) and devote half our practice time each week to that single tune for 1-6 months (depending on time allocated to practice and complexity of tune).

[NSP] Re: Doubleday

2010-12-21 Thread Anthony Robb
Richard York wrote a very thoughtful posting ending: And yes, a really good player can make a poorer [insert instrument name here] sound better, and a music-less player is never going to make anything sound wonderful, but I do feel there are too many instruments of

[NSP] Re: Doubleday

2010-12-21 Thread Richard York
Na - keep it up! Far better than a boring silence and complacency :) All this reminds me of a sermon we once heard preached at a massed Morris event, by Father Kenneth Loveless, the concertina (previously owned by Wm Kimber) playing Rector. The essence of it was that Spirit was the most

[NSP] Re: technique etcetera

2010-12-21 Thread Helen Capes
Quote from Anthony Robb: May I suggest picking one tune that really speaks to us but isn't yet inside us (this includes brain, heart and fingers) and devote half our practice time each week to that single tune for 1-6 months (depending on time allocated to practice and complexity of tune).