[NSP] Re: small coals, and the peacock following the hen

2012-08-17 Thread Anthony Robb
:50 AM Subject: [NSP] Re: small coals, and the peacock following the hen On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 12:26 AM, Anthony Robb [1][3]anth...@robbpipes.com wrote: Here is what Forster Charlton, Colin Ross and Roland Wright put in the introduction to the second edition

[NSP] Re: small coals, and the peacock following the hen

2012-08-14 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Derek' In a way you've answered your own question. G D drones would presumably have been used originally for these tunes as they probably precede the development of tuning beads but they don't sound right to many people. Here is what Forster Charlton, Colin Ross and

[NSP] Re: NSP spotted on ebay UK

2012-02-16 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Mike I agree there is nothing of the Hedworth style in this set - keys especially. Hedworth taught silver smithing to Colin Ross and was a master of beautiful keywork. His style is unique with the key stem shaped and silver soldered to reach completely across the domed round

[NSP] TOTM

2012-02-09 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello all, Here's my offering. [1]http://youtu.be/sfiCRPct9vQ Warmest best Anthony -- References 1. http://youtu.be/sfiCRPct9vQ To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] February TOTM

2012-02-01 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello All, John Dally has kindly invited me to choose the TOTM for February and it is: The Keelman Ower Land This tune has been a favourite since 1973 when (according to Johnny Handle) Carole I gave its first public airing in years. It is still yielding up its secrets 38 years

[NSP] Re: 4mm or 6mm staples

2011-11-27 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Kevin First off, I'm assuming you mean tube and not rod? I follow Mike Nelson's advice on this and use model aircraft aluminium fuel tubing - 4mm internal, 4.75mm external diameters. This is very easily cut to length with a large scalpel/sharp Stanley knife ( simply roll it

[NSP] Re: flat chanter in the middle

2011-11-17 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Kevin and all I noticed this in Kevin's email: ...so i closed the G hole with glue at one side until it was in tune. I'm wondering why you put the glue at one side rather than the top? Putting glue at the side will flatten the note by making the hole smaller but this

[NSP] Dots for 'The Primitives'

2011-10-30 Thread Anthony Robb
Hellos apiece, Some might be interested to know I've put the dots for all of the tracks on 'The Primitives' album as pdf files in a handy zipped folder. Several people have asked for this and I made an attempt to put down the dots as close to the versions on the album as I could

[NSP] Rachel's Scottische

2011-10-16 Thread Anthony Robb
For the benefit of dancers, callers and dance band members, I forgot to say the tune is great for the 'Ideal Schottische' and Pete's dots come complete with his seconds which really do make a tasty job of the whole piece. Cheers Anthony -- To get on or off this list see

[NSP] TOTM (nearly)

2011-10-15 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Folks John Dally's beautifully paced hornpipes (and their snaps) connect really well for me with this new tune by Pete Cryer which is about two weeks old. This version is a reasonable attempt at it (recorded shortly after I learnt it on Tuesday evening) once again recorded

[NSP] TOTM (ulterior motive)

2011-10-10 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello all Some may remember I used Jimmy Little's (Baty of Wark) set for The Bewshaugh and Rememebr Me Hornpipes. This set has now been checked and valued by Graham Wells and Jimmy has offered to sell it to me. Consequently I need to sell (reluctantly) a lovely blackwood and solid

[NSP] TOTM Hornpipe(s)

2011-09-30 Thread Anthony Robb
Hellos apiece Here we go - flawed as usual - two great tunes that are becoming popular but could be more so. I've been doing up Jimmy Little's pipes which have spent the last 18 years languishing in their box. I've given them a new chanter reed and have re-tongued three of the

[NSP] Re: Farewell to Whisky - Niel Gow

2011-09-13 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Francis Can't help on that front but I'm told Jack Armstrong would launch into that tune when his glass was empty. Anthony --- On Tue, 13/9/11, Francis Wood oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote: From: Francis Wood oatenp...@googlemail.com Subject: [NSP] Farewell to

[NSP] Alice Burn Emily Hoile

2011-09-13 Thread Anthony Robb
Some might be interested to know I sent a couple of tracks recorded recently by Emily Alice down to Radio 3. The response has been very positive and as a result they will be playing on this week's 'In Tune' (Thurs 15 Sept. 16:30 - 18:30 local time). Anthony -- To get on

[NSP] Re: Trivia

2011-08-07 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Hilary - not if you do all 73 verses! Anthony --- On Sun, 7/8/11, Hilary Paton h.pa...@blueyonder.co.uk wrote: From: Hilary Paton h.pa...@blueyonder.co.uk Subject: [NSP] Re: Trivia To: Dartmouth NPS nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu, Francis Wood oatenp...@googlemail.com

[NSP] Re: TOTM/shameless plug

2011-07-31 Thread Anthony Robb
david...@pt.lu wrote: From: Dave S david...@pt.lu Subject: [NSP] Re: TOTM/shameless plug To: Anthony Robb anth...@robbpipes.com Cc: Dartmouth NPS nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Date: Sunday, 31 July, 2011, 21:00 Hi Anthony, Would it be a possibility for you to play the 1697/8

[NSP] Re: TOTM

2011-07-31 Thread Anthony Robb
--- On Sun, 31/7/11, Gibbons, John j.gibb...@imperial.ac.uk wrote: Matt has argued an octave pair of drones tuned Gg will work for The Peacock/Mad Moll and other harmonically similar tunes like Cuckold - you want to show up the contrast between the Am and Cmaj in the first and

[NSP] TOTM/shameless plug

2011-07-29 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello all I've been reluctant to vote on this since our house is fighting back whilst we put in a new kitchen, downstairs loo and new wee studio. There is building dust everywhere and my pipes, mics and other gear are packed away for the duration. Even though I can't contribute

[NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe

2011-07-15 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Margaret Thanks for that. I hear what you say re Jimmy but this is hardly an obscure tune and it seems strange that he would pluck that name out of the air as any other tune with that name is proving elusive. As for the version in question you can hear it here:

[NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe

2011-07-15 Thread Anthony Robb
--- On Fri, 15/7/11, Francis Wood [1]oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote:Matt's question raises the interesting issue of how tunes by known composers become 'traditional tunes' (what does that really mean?) Hello Francis A rather good question. The full title of the 'Folk' degree

[NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe

2011-07-15 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Matt Lovely! --- On Fri, 15/7/11, Matt Seattle theborderpi...@googlemail.com wrote: From: Matt Seattle theborderpi...@googlemail.com Subject: [NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe To: NSP group nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Date: Friday, 15 July, 2011, 12:42 Impressive,

[NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe

2011-07-14 Thread Anthony Robb
, Matt Seattle theborderpi...@googlemail.com wrote: From: Matt Seattle theborderpi...@googlemail.com Subject: [NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe To: Anthony Robb anth...@robbpipes.com Cc: Dartmouth NPS nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Date: Thursday, 14 July, 2011, 20:23 Anthony You

[NSP] Re: Shield's H'pipe

2011-07-14 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Both No, Matt it wasn't you it was Phil Ranson that did the original interview and recording. He was a librarian who did quite a bit of collecting. He lived near me when I lived in Wylam, he was at Hagg Bank a mile up the river and was a very down to earth Geordie lad.

[NSP] Re: Rants

2011-07-13 Thread Anthony Robb
theborderpi...@googlemail.com Subject: Re: [NSP] Rants To: Anthony Robb anth...@robbpipes.com Cc: Dartmouth NPS nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Date: Tuesday, 12 July, 2011, 20:19 Yes it got through but with some strange text added (EURYEN every so often). Interesting references Anthony

[NSP] Rants

2011-07-12 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Folks Here's what the OED comes up with for 'rant': ...couE^ rant | carant, v. intr. To dance... 1. A kind of dance formerly in vogue, characterized by a running or gliding step (as distinguished from leaping). 2.Music. The tune used for accompanying this dance, or a tune

[NSP] Re: Rants again

2011-07-11 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello John I think that's fairly close. It is possible to do rants steps to reels, polkas and even jigs but in the Northumbrian sense it is a subtle up-tempo near hornpipe that really does help you to lift your feet off the ground and move rhythmically around the floor for long

[NSP] Re: Rants again

2011-07-11 Thread Anthony Robb
On Mon, 11/7/11, cal...@aol.com cal...@aol.com wrote: All dancers really need is a strong down beat...Never really had a dancer say, I can't dance this dance to that tune. Hello Alec I think the point here is not what can be danced to such and such a tune but which style of

[NSP] TOTM for July

2011-07-04 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello John Thank you very much for giving us those two tunes and taking on the rant rhythm which brings back so many memories of nights shared with the old guys. That particular set (done in reverse order) was a turning point for me in my piping career when I attempted to join in

[NSP] Re: Breaking a promise[off list]

2011-07-03 Thread Anthony Robb
happy to end it here. Best wishes Anthony --- On Sun, 3/7/11, Francis Wood oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote: From: Francis Wood oatenp...@googlemail.com Subject: [NSP] Re: Breaking a promise To: Anthony Robb anth...@robbpipes.com Cc: Dartmouth NPS nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu

[NSP] Ouch!

2011-07-03 Thread Anthony Robb
Apologies! I deleted the wrong email address there! Come back Barry, all is forgiven! Anthony -- To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] More Rants

2011-07-02 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Folks After this I promise to go away and play my pipes for a week and leave you all in peace but I thought these might be of interest to some: [1]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX-wAEtK_hM They are three Willy Taylor Rants - a bit more gentle than the usual rant

[NSP] Re: Tune of the Month, July, Roxborough Castle

2011-06-30 Thread Anthony Robb
-- On Thu, 30/6/11, Francis Wood oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote: It's a lot easier to play Roxborough Castle in dotted rhythm, as is done here. I prefer it played absolutely straight, which is really very challenging. A commonly played tune which is rarely played well. I quite

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2011-06-30 Thread Anthony Robb
--- On Thu, 30/6/11, Francis Wood oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote: Hello Anthony, I don't think we disagree. At Stuart Hardy's musical altitude, I'm sure you're right. That's a level I can only admire but never approach. On a more basic level, playing the tune with a dotted

[NSP] Re: Forbearance please

2011-06-22 Thread Anthony Robb
--- On Wed, 22/6/11, Matt Seattle theborderpi...@googlemail.com wrote: OK Anthony, I won't discuss it, but how good to hear Mr Preston's Hornpipe, it suits the NSP very well IMO. Hello Matt Many thanks for putting us right on the name of the 2nd tune. I'll tell the lasses

[NSP] Forbearance please

2011-06-19 Thread Anthony Robb
Here is a link to a video clip (kindly supplied by Pete Ashby) of Alice Emily's controversial playing. It was taken when the band played in support of The Chantry Museum. Certain members may wish to delete this message at this point. The clip is mainly for the benefit of those

[NSP] Re: Ending tunes traditionally

2011-06-18 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Richard I have to bow to Matt's much greater academic knowledge on this one but I still offer a lesser mortal's thoughts: The old guys I played with were dance driven and would invariably resolve tunes in the manner you describe. As far as my own preference is concerned I

[NSP] Re: Trad.nsp vs Dartmouth

2011-06-16 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Rick I have great difficulty with your implication that Billy Pigg was not a 'proper' piper. Best wishes Anthony --- On Thu, 16/6/11, Rick Damon richard.a.damon@dartmouth.edu wrote: From: Rick Damon richard.a.damon@dartmouth.edu Subject: [NSP] Re:

[NSP] Pipes concerts etc.

2011-05-29 Thread Anthony Robb
Pauline Francis This looks wonderful! Here's another quote from the publicity: In Britain and Ireland, the tradition of playing bellows-blown bagpipes exists to this day, primarily in the traditional dance repertoire. [1]http://4pipers.wordpress.com/ That rings so true as

[NSP] Link to Will Willy

2011-05-29 Thread Anthony Robb
Sorry folks the link in my last email is broken. For anyone interested try this one. [1]www.robbpipes.com/WillWillyTalkHighBleakhope Cheers Anthony -- References 1. http://www.robbpipes.com/WillWillyTalkHighBleakhope To get on or off this list see list information at

[NSP] Re: new group

2011-05-24 Thread Anthony Robb
Are they rivalists as well as revivalists? --- On Mon, 23/5/11, Francis Wood oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote: From: Francis Wood oatenp...@googlemail.com Subject: [NSP] Re: new group To: Mark Stayton mark.stay...@pipersgathering.org Cc: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Date:

[NSP] Re: Alice Burn - hear Emily play

2011-05-21 Thread Anthony Robb
-- On Sat, 21/5/11, inky-adrian inky-adr...@ntlworld.com wrote: This is not Northumberland Smallpipe-playing. The player choytes. The player slides into notes too. Staccato rules! Hello Adrian As I made clear to you offlist Alice's playing would not be to your taste but I did

[NSP] Re: Alice Burn - hear Emily play

2011-05-21 Thread Anthony Robb
--- On Sat, 21/5/11, Zack Arbios zaxco...@aol.com wrote: Reminds me of the epic gulf between Seumas Macneill and Gordon Duncan. For Adrian, Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? (and I am a great admirer of what I can see of your playing) I enjoyed Emily's playing,

[NSP] Alice's Chanter

2011-05-20 Thread Anthony Robb
On Fri, 20/5/11, christopher.bi...@ec.europa.eu christopher.bi...@ec.europa.eu wrote: I think the most likely explanation for the pipes would be that Alice was playing a chanter in concert F sharp. In nominal terms this would put her in F, with B flat the only unusual note.

[NSP] Re: Alice Burn

2011-05-20 Thread Anthony Robb
--- On Fri, 20/5/11, Francis Wood oatenp...@googlemail.com wrote: Lovely item, Anthony! Got any more? Only the two they did on the CD. Emily arrived back from the States on Saturday but she has already started working on material for an album with Alice which we hope to start

[NSP] Various

2011-05-19 Thread Anthony Robb
Busy with real music so briefly: Tim Adrian: Tune in E maj on G chanter - the A part has about 78 notes and 62 of them are played on the right thumb so even electronic pipes don't help unless of course you cheat by electronically transposing. Barry: Tradition is wonderful but

[NSP] Alice Burn

2011-05-19 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello folks There may be one or two apart from Adrian interested in the Alice person. Here she is playing with Emily Hoile at the Chantry Museum last night for the Windy Gyle Band Force 6 launch. This won't be to everyone's liking but gives a flavour of what she Emily get up to

[NSP] Re: even more on G and D

2011-05-17 Thread Anthony Robb
On Tue, 17/5/11, inky-adrian inky-adr...@ntlworld.com wrote: Dear all, Who is this Allis thingy person? What are you on about, Anthony? E major..no! She can't do it-unless it's crap Adrian Hello Adrian I'm wonderting if you need to get out more? Alice Burn is a

[NSP] Re: even more on G and D

2011-05-17 Thread Anthony Robb
it would all be done by ear but she did express delight (and surprise) that a piper could manage it. Cheers Anthony From: Dave Shaw d...@daveshaw.co.uk Subject: [NSP] Re: even more on G and D To: Dartmouth NPS nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu, Anthony Robb anth...@robbpipes.com Date

[NSP] E major tune

2011-05-17 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Dave all Catriona has got back to me: The tune was called the Lounge Bar - written by Norwegian fiddler Annlaug Borsheim. I've asked her for the dots if poss. Something has clicked in my old brain and I'm thinking it might have been a jig - not a reel - but it fairly

[NSP] Re: E major tune

2011-05-17 Thread Anthony Robb
--- On Tue, 17/5/11, Gibbons, John j.gibb...@imperial.ac.uk wrote: It is remarkable that an Emaj tune can be played successfully, 4 sharps away from the NSP's home key. It might be easier if the tune was on a gapped scale rather than full-blown E major, but it is hard to avoid the

[NSP] Re: E major tune

2011-05-17 Thread Anthony Robb
down to just her and Alice to really punch it along as a middle tune in a great set. Anthony --- On Tue, 17/5/11, Rick Damon richard.a.damon@dartmouth.edu wrote: From: Rick Damon richard.a.damon@dartmouth.edu Subject: Re: [NSP] Re: E major tune To: Anthony Robb anth

[NSP] Pipe makers

2011-03-23 Thread Anthony Robb
Ian Lawther wrote: I don't know if Mike Nelson is doing much making these days but he is in Cambridge and therefore local which could be an advantaqe. Hello all Mike has just taken delivery of enough bits of Sage pipes to make 6 sets for use at this years' Cambridge Festival

[NSP] Tuning/pitch

2011-02-09 Thread Anthony Robb
Francis wood wrote today: There's no reason to suppose that Robert and James Reid were careless about the consistency of pitch of their products. No doubt, they would be extremely surprised to know of the latitude in pitch (and indeed tuning) of many of today's pipes. Hello

[NSP] Pitch

2011-02-09 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Folks * Yes, reeds make a huge difference. In general I use different reed patterns to converge pitch, that's why I have 4 different patterns just for 'F' chanters. * When I referred to a modern trend towards concert F (A=440) I did not for a millisecond

[NSP] Tuning/pitch

2011-02-08 Thread Anthony Robb
On 7^th Feb Colin Hill wrote: What I can never understand is WHY the pitch changes. Thanks Paul (Gretton) for a full entertaining reply from an orchestral point of view. From the point of view of pipes we need to remember that in the 20^th century professional

[NSP] Chanter tuning

2011-02-07 Thread Anthony Robb
Christopher Birch wrote recently: I don't know exactly how flat A = 398 is but it can't be very far off F+, given that A = 392 would correspond to concert G. I wonder if Anthony would agree therefore that since lots of the notes are sharp, a good starting point would be to pull

[NSP] Tuning

2011-02-07 Thread Anthony Robb
Chris, John, Dru others In no particular order: * I set my Korg DA 30 to 446 using the calibration button and take it from there * I've got a chanter in for overhaul at the moment and have just seen the top B rise in pitch bt 20 cents by moving a plunger in from

[NSP] Re: Tuning

2011-02-07 Thread Anthony Robb
--- On Mon, 7/2/11, Matt Seattle theborderpi...@googlemail.com wrote: From: Matt Seattle theborderpi...@googlemail.com Subject: [NSP] Re: Tuning To: Dartmouth NPS nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Date: Monday, 7 February, 2011, 16:41 On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 1:40 PM, Anthony

[NSP] Chanter Tuning

2011-02-06 Thread Anthony Robb
From Chris Gregg: So that is why my pipes always sound out of tune, and I thought it was just poor musicianship on my part! The whole tuning thing is a bit of a quagmire, and as a solo instrument it is not a problem, but I would like to know how people get

[NSP] Re: Shellac

2011-01-16 Thread Anthony Robb
What a lovely thought, Philip. Thanks too for the warnings about possible pitfalls with the flake shellac method. By and large it works really well but there be problems if the soldering iron hasn't reached max temp. Anthony --- On Sat, 15/1/11, Philip Gruar

[NSP] Re: Shellac

2011-01-15 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Francis and Paul David B uses shellac on his silver mounted sets. As Paul's set is made from lignum it won't be a Burleigh set. So shellac seems to make sense in this case. When it comes to pad fixing Mike Nelson's method of using a small piece of flake shellac between pad

[NSP] Drone reeds

2011-01-14 Thread Anthony Robb
Thanks John. It's a gem! Sunny up here on the plateau. Francis I agree that this is a wonderful article and would like to add a couple of tips which are worth a try: 1. The gentlest way to close a reed (best with cane but can work for composite with care) is to roll it

[NSP] Re: [nsp] re-conditioning ...

2011-01-14 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Mike Ian Corrigan recommends lemon oil as a pleasant, not too viscious cleaning liquid. It also, he reckons, gives wood a near invisible but protective coat. I haven't tried it but think it might be worth a try. The border pipes he made for Paul Martin are a visual and

[NSP] Oops

2011-01-14 Thread Anthony Robb
not too viscious .. neither too viscous or too viscous AARRHHGGG! -- To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: [nsp] re-conditioning ...

2011-01-14 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Julia Bo Thanks for the warning. To be fair to Ian he's the sort of guy that doesn't laquer his pipes or use plastic mounts. He was recommending this purely for keeping natural wood and nickel silver clean and looking good. On the olive oil question those who used/use it

[NSP] Drink To Me Only

2011-01-10 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Julia John Drink To Me Only was also the first tune played on pipes by David Hillery, Ron Elliott, Gerry Murphy and me. Past down presumably from Tom C by Colin Caisley and chosen because it was already in our heads so to speak. We all worked at it by finding our way

[NSP] Re: Doublin' (Keenan Glackin)

2011-01-08 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Matt I feel my comments need clarification, For the record, in general I think drones are fantastic, and used all 4 together: GDdg on the Whittingham/Glen Aln/Lads of Alnwick track on the WG album. I realize this is anachronistic for Lads aEUR| (also fairly tiring) but

[NSP] Re: Doublin' (Keenan Glackin)

2011-01-08 Thread Anthony Robb
Matt Absolutely! Anthony --- On Sat, 8/1/11, Matt Seattle theborderpi...@googlemail.com wrote: From: Matt Seattle theborderpi...@googlemail.com Subject: [NSP] Re: Doublin' (Keenan Glackin) To: Anthony Robb anth...@robbpipes.com Cc: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu nsp

[NSP] Re: Doublin' (Keenan Glackin)

2011-01-08 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello John That is the extreme but it happens fairly regularly and if people have signed up for a day's workshop (or longer) and have travelled some distance that's the way I deal with it. It has to be said that I do prefer the higher pitch sound personally and so have 3 F

[NSP] Re: Concertina Tuning

2011-01-07 Thread Anthony Robb
their crystalline punchiness to the mix just because they have to be droneless? Cheers Anthony --- On Thu, 6/1/11, Gibbons, John j.gibb...@imperial.ac.uk wrote: From: Gibbons, John j.gibb...@imperial.ac.uk Subject: RE: [NSP] Re: Concertina Tuning To: Anthony Robb anth

[NSP] Re: Concertina Tuning

2011-01-07 Thread Anthony Robb
...@imperial.ac.uk wrote: From: Gibbons, John j.gibb...@imperial.ac.uk Subject: [NSP] Re: Concertina Tuning To: 'Anthony Robb' anth...@robbpipes.com, nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu, rob@milecastle27.co.uk rob@milecastle27.co.uk Date: Friday, 7 January, 2011, 10

[NSP] Re: Drone Tuning

2011-01-07 Thread Anthony Robb
Of Anthony Robb Sent: 07 January 2011 10:52 To: [3]...@cs.dartmouth.edu; [4]rob@milecastle27.co.uk; Gibbons, John Subject: [NSP] Re: Concertina Tuning What you say is true, but still ignores Paddy Maloney's point of adding drones further into (even 'proper') pipes tunes

[NSP] Doublin' (Keenan Glackin)

2011-01-07 Thread Anthony Robb
If any UP fans haven't heard this album or others want to know more, it was released 31 years ago but has been redone on CD and is available at Amazon: (for UK readers) [1]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doublin-Paddy-Glackin/dp/B4SCTK/ref=sr_1 _4?ie=UTF8qid=1294413475sr=8-4 This

[NSP] Re: Doublin' (Keenan Glackin)

2011-01-07 Thread Anthony Robb
And I love the Glackin Keenan record too, I haven't heard it for ages but it used to really fire me up, it has The Juice. (Matt) And at 8.99 GBP surely the best value music CD online this year!! Anthony PS John G is a sharp as a broken pisspot (as we say up/down here) and I

[NSP] Re: Concertina Tuning

2011-01-06 Thread Anthony Robb
--- On Thu, 6/1/11, rob@milecastle27.co.uk rob@milecastle27.co.uk wrote: It's a case of trying and seeing what you like. The other way round this would be for the piper not to play drones ... but I wouldn't recommend that approach. cheers Rob Sorry to disagree,

[NSP] Technique (etc)

2010-12-22 Thread Anthony Robb
Chris, 1) Viols: apologies (silly, subjective choice of words) 2) Nasty synthetic reverb: you have good ears, I agree 3) Jacky Layton: excellent tune but it might be a big ask to get it in your head quickly John, Yes, it takes ages and some bars need more ages than

[NSP] Re: technique etcetera

2010-12-22 Thread Anthony Robb
helen.ca...@paradise.net.nz Subject: [NSP] Re: technique etcetera To: John Dally dir...@gmail.com, NSP group nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Date: Wednesday, 22 December, 2010, 7:50 Quote from Anthony Robb: May I suggest picking one tune that really speaks to us but isn't yet inside

[NSP] The Crooked Bawbee

2010-12-22 Thread Anthony Robb
One thing I would like to mention w.r.t. this tune is watch out for the Scotchy snaps in bars 29, 30 31. The one in bar 28 is nice but the rest over egg the pudding for me and could be near disastrous if you were doing the tune in waltz style! Cheers Anthony -- To get on

[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] 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] 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] Doubleday Post Script and retraction

2010-12-20 Thread Anthony Robb
Thanks, Helen, for making me look more deeply into my words. Highest is, on deeper thought, a bad choice as pipes in the right hands (as Inky Adrian recently pointed out) hit the heart and brain every bit as surely as, say, Heifitz or indeed Choralation (Rowan Johnston's New

[NSP] Pipes Fiddles

2010-12-20 Thread Anthony Robb
Today John Gibbons wrote: Is 'the NSP don't move Anthony as much as the fiddle does', a sentence about the NSP or about Anthony? The answer has to be it's about both. My question is where did the sentence come from? Definitely not the email you are replying to, where I said,

[NSP] Re: WHW

2010-12-19 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello John It had exactly the same effect on me despite being besotted by the original Tom Clough 78 (which Ron Elliott bought by chance in Harrogate market in the late 60s). The postman delivered Billy's album as I was leaving for the lab at Aston. I put it on the record player

[NSP] Re: Doubleday

2010-12-18 Thread Anthony Robb
John, I know what you mean. I also think that fiddle and pipes in duet are a Northumbrian version of 'Himmel un Aed'. If I may rewind the discussion and with particular reference to the Chris Ormston's Blackbird, I have to say it is a far superior track to anything I managed to

[NSP] Re: key question

2010-12-17 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Tim Wonderful stuff! Discuss? I'll have to print off, re-read (probably several times) and inwardly digest it first. It has, however, already given me a warm glow which more than compensates for the sub -zero temperature outside. Cheers Anthony -- To get on

[NSP] Doubleday

2010-12-17 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello John This is what Doubleday said of the pipes (my underscores): Thus, this instrument is limited to a single octave; and this (little as it is) admits of all the airs, to which it is really suited, being executed by it's means ; with the additional improvement that it may be

[NSP] Doubleday

2010-12-17 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Richard Doubleday wrote: The Northumberland small-pipe is fitted up upon the plan of construction common to all bagpipes aEUR that is to say, aEUR it consists of a pipe with stops, by means of which the melody is played, and of three longer pipes sounding different

[NSP] Doubleday

2010-12-17 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Colin and Richard I agree with much you say. I like the comparison with apples and potatoes. But that is exactly what Doubleday is saying: 'don't try and make chips with apples or apple crumble with potatoes'. Cheers Anthony -- To get on or off this list see list

[NSP] 7 keys

2010-12-16 Thread Anthony Robb
John Dally recently wrote: I have a friend with a very nice seven key lignam vitae chanter that doesn't get played very much. I'll have to offer to help him keep in in working order. ;-) Many thanks! Hello John The chances are it will be a goodun, but just as (for me) Del

[NSP] Re: a key question for NSPipers

2010-12-14 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello John Like everything else it is a compromise and also depends on what you want to play. Having said that a point will be reached when increased physical effort makes it harder to play sensitively. The first 17 key chanter I ever tried was a Clough - Picknell one which had

[NSP] Re: a key question for NSPipers

2010-12-14 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello John There might be a bit of confusion here. If you look at your high B key you'll see that it is just about at the very top of the chanter. Colin Ross managed to squeezee in a top C in place of a high Bb key but to get up to highC# would be impossible on the pipes as the

[NSP] Re: TV

2010-12-12 Thread Anthony Robb
Thanks Rob, that looks just the job! Anthony --- On Sun, 12/12/10, Rob Say rob@milecastle27.co.uk wrote: From: Rob Say rob@milecastle27.co.uk Subject: [NSP] Re: TV To: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Date: Sunday, 12 December, 2010, 9:20 Morning - I have heard of a

[NSP] Clogging

2010-12-11 Thread Anthony Robb
Here's a link to a snippet of tonight's programme on clogging. [1]http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11930757 Cheers Anthony -- References 1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11930757 To get on or off this list see list information at

[NSP] TV

2010-12-11 Thread Anthony Robb
On 11/12/10 Richard York wrote: And a truly smashing hour it was! Cheered up our evening no end, it did. Stuff like this really is what we need now, it was truly inspiring. Couldn't agree more, Richard. He's the link for the programme on iPlayer if anyone missed it but is

[NSP] Many Thanks

2010-11-17 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello amazing people Apologies for tardy reply (a Newcastle uni day - not helped by frantic 70mile detour to Alnwick to retrieve a one off spec teaching chanter left in the BB chest of drawers after Alnwick Gathering!) I've been overwhelmed by the time and trouble taken to help me

[NSP] Re: 'My Deary sits ower late up'

2010-11-11 Thread Anthony Robb
Thanks folks Another fascinating discussion. I first had this tune as a song from Johnny Handle in the late 60s and then sang it often to my own bairns. As 'deary' was no longer in popular use on Tyneside by then ( I never heard it from parents, grandparents or great grand

[NSP] Re: Where hast thou been all the night?

2010-11-06 Thread Anthony Robb
Hill - Original Message - From: Anthony Robb [1]anth...@robbpipes.com To: Dartmouth NPS [2]...@cs.dartmouth.edu Sent: Friday, November 05, 2010 7:07 PM Subject: [NSP] Re: Where hast thou been all the night? To John Julia Matt and all This has been

[NSP] Slowing down tunes

2010-11-06 Thread Anthony Robb
Hello Colin I seem to remember Bill Ochs at Killington this year demonstrating software which can slow down normal recordings whilst keeping pitch intact. Perhaps you could contact him: [1]b...@pennywhistle.com and spread the word if I'm right. Thoroughly agree about abc being

[NSP] Re: Where hast thou been all the night?

2010-11-05 Thread Anthony Robb
To John Julia Matt and all This has been a wonderful interchange and highly enjoyable save in one respect. The horrible midi noise made as my computer plays the examples. I can't be the only one who would love to hear the points made on the instrument(s) the tune(s) was/were

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