[NSP] New topic?

2011-11-28 Thread Richard York
I note that our latest copy of the New Internationalist has a cover story tag for The Rise of the Killer Drones. Is this an aspect of piping we should be discussing? Richard. -- To get on or off this list see list information at

[NSP] Re: Farewell to Whisky - Niel Gow

2011-09-13 Thread Richard York
As an aside, my wife found long ago that they go well together as a sequenced pair with a story to tell, on small harp! Richard. On 13/09/2011 17:54, Francis Wood wrote: The note accompanying the fine tune 'Farewell to Whisky' appearing in the Gow 5th collection states: This tune alludes

[NSP] Re: (no subject)

2011-09-08 Thread Richard York
On 08/09/2011 10:07, christopher.bi...@ec.europa.eu wrote: I used to suffer from dustmites all year round until a suitable treatment was found. I wonder when someone will develop the double action bellows - one to inflate the pipes, another to fit a vacuum cleaner attachment, which if you

[NSP] Re: (no subject)

2011-09-08 Thread Richard York
Would we get round to organising them, though, Julia? Happy diverting-from-whatever-you're-supposed-to-be-doing :) Richard. On 08/09/2011 11:17, Julia Say wrote: On 8 Sep 2011, Richard York wrote: Sorry, how can you tell I have far too much to do today and am seeking diversionary

[NSP] Re: Harvest tunes

2011-09-05 Thread Richard York
' songs. A friend advised her to take the gig, play her own material, and call them cowboy songs. Of the audience he said Hell, they ain't no ethnomusicologists. Just a thought. Barry Richard York wrote: Please may I thank all those of you who, both on and off-list, have sent such a wealth

[NSP] Re: Harvest tunes

2011-09-03 Thread Richard York
Please may I thank all those of you who, both on and off-list, have sent such a wealth of ideas. I knew this group was a helpful bunch of people, but have been really delighted by the quantity of great ideas, and the time you've taken to put them together. The service our friend is conducting

[NSP] Harvest tunes

2011-09-01 Thread Richard York
Our band is playing for a Harvest Festival in a church in MK later this month, partly to accompany their hymns, and partly to play a few seasonally relevant tunes at some point. Other than the obvious Harvest Home h'pipe and one or two others, I'm not finding many good tune titles

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

2011-06-30 Thread Richard York
Yes to both, and the acoustic doesn't help at all. And a curious choice of drone, which on my headset seemed to be the subdominant. I admire anyone, though, who can honestly say they've never played too fast when confronted with a recording device, and mangled good intentions, when nervous

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

2011-06-30 Thread Richard York
True 'nuff! :) On 30/06/2011 10:20, christopher.bi...@ec.europa.eu wrote: ... Could have done another take? C --- Text inserted by Panda IS 2011: This message has NOT been classified as

[NSP] Re: Deaf/dead

2011-06-21 Thread Richard York
All of which goes to show that it's really, really difficult writing down on paper the precise quality of something which we hear and/or play in such a way that other people can do it. Perhaps Aural Transmission really is the best method. (waits for someone to produce a dubious double

[NSP] Re: Deaf/dead

2011-06-21 Thread Richard York
. Richard. On 21/06/2011 17:00, [1]si...@leveau8.fsnet.co.uk wrote: I assume all this food based music will be played on a crumpet or a cornetto --Original Message-- From: Gibbons, John Sender: [2]lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu To: 'Francis Wood' To: Richard York Cc: NSP group Subject: [NSP] Re: Deaf

[NSP] Re: Deaf/dead

2011-06-20 Thread Richard York
Oh the perils of using a short-hand term carelessly! OK, I shouldn't have called it staccato, I was merely characterising the general sound difference between piano and plucked keyboard instruments to make my point, a dangerous and un-scholarly thing to do :) And all you say is

[NSP] Ending tunes traditionally

2011-06-18 Thread Richard York
There are many tunes, especially slip jigs, and quite a few Peacocks, which as written, end on a note that implies we're about to go back to the beginning and start again, but isn't really in itself an endi- ... Many players stop there on the last time through, and don't play the

[NSP] Re: Ending tunes traditionally

2011-06-18 Thread Richard York
Thanks both - I find that quite reassuring, and agree about the tendency to the differences betwixt fast and slow ones. Also that tunes some do want it, some don't, but that there's no hard and fast rule emerging is pleasing. Best wishes, Richard. On 18/06/2011 11:42, Matt

[NSP] Re: The Dartmouth Competitions

2011-06-17 Thread Richard York
Yes! Richard. On 17/06/2011 10:49, Matt Seattle wrote: Lotsa fun here - Adrian's inspired '6 classes' made me laugh out loud As for 'tradition', it is a neutral, value-free term, there are good traditions and bad - human sacrifice was traditionally practised in some cultures..

[NSP] Re: The Dartmouth Competitions

2011-06-17 Thread Richard York
Yes! Richard On 17/06/2011 10:49, Matt Seattle wrote: Lotsa fun here - Adrian's inspired '6 classes' made me laugh out loud As for 'tradition', it is a neutral, value-free term, there are good traditions and bad - human sacrifice was traditionally practised in some cultures..

[NSP] Oops

2011-06-17 Thread Richard York
Sorry, Julia, Sorry - I got in late yesterday, read a few, but hadn't seen that you'd already done this one! Richard. The oil of the little known Ont Rhubbledwarterz tree may be suggested. Richard By the way, does anyone have any good ideas about the right kind of oil to

[NSP] Re: Deaf/dead

2011-06-17 Thread Richard York
Hello Francis, Quite so, but, playing devil's advocate for a minute, (and loving tradition except where it becomes tribal), does the fact that we can play staccato and 99% of other pipes can't, mean it's all we should do? The harpsichord, after all, could only really play staccato or slightly

[NSP] Re: Deaf/dead

2011-06-17 Thread Richard York
and I'll play him his way. That was Wanda Landowska. Much quoted in that remark, though it turns out that i t was playfully said to a dear colleague and longtime friend, the cellist Pablo Casals. B! . . . Mooo! . . .. Oink-oink!!! Francis On 17 Jun 2011, at 13:50, Richard York wrote

[NSP] Re: divorce

2011-06-16 Thread Richard York
The oil of the little known Ont Rhubbledwarterz tree may be suggested. Richard By the way, does anyone have any good ideas about the right kind of oil to use? Francis --- Text inserted by Panda

[NSP] Re: Concerts in France

2011-05-29 Thread Richard York
I love the helpful way that this site has a union flag pointing to its English translation version. The descriptive text is still in French, as far as I can see, but helpful bits like You are reading the website of... and the name of the auction house are given in English. As are the links to

[NSP] Re: Pipers' discussion forum

2011-05-29 Thread Richard York
I haven't seen the www site for a while, so was impressed to note it's looking a lot better: congratulations - it's a lot of hard work! Please could the NPS newsletters, which are in the main presumably seen by members, perhaps have the password printed somewhere in the contacts list, so

[NSP] Re: Pipers' discussion forum

2011-05-29 Thread Richard York
Thanks! Richard On 29/05/2011 10:20, Tim Rolls wrote: The members' area password should appear in the next newsletter. The members area doesn't yet contain a lot of items. but we hope it will grow. If anyone has any ideas for items for the site, in or out of the restricted

[NSP] re-Tune of the Month

2011-05-24 Thread Richard York
The only competitive element in some melodeon circles is to be the one who can play louder, which thankfully is not normally an issue in nsp's! Hence the expression Wall to wall melodeons. But there are more and more superb box players out there, including some quiet ones. Love and piece

[NSP] Re: Alice Burn, and whatever

2011-05-22 Thread Richard York
Hi, I've just got back from a week away to find this lot, and would really like to listen to Alice Emily's sound. Sadly when I click on the link the RealPlayer box duly pops up, takes ages to load, then sits there refusing to do anything. It's probably something very computer

[NSP] Wishful thinking or feasible science?

2011-05-12 Thread Richard York
Hello all. I've just enjoyed re-reading Francis Woods' excellent article, In Praise of Old Pipes, in the 2010 Vol 31 NPS Journal. There he refers to the myth [which] holds that instruments inevitably deteriorate if they are not used. [...] what really wears them out is using

[NSP] Re: Has there ever been an NSP with _all_ keys (no open holes)?

2011-03-23 Thread Richard York
And given that an instrument's design is (literally) instrumental in shaping its own repertoire, would it even be at all appropriate to do so? Best wishes, Richard. On 23/03/2011 11:15, Dru Brooke-Taylor wrote: I've a recollection that adding all the keys to woodwind instruments wasn't

[NSP] Re: Still looking for an F set!

2011-03-23 Thread Richard York
Forgive me, but methinks that's a rather unhelpful response to a reasonable if admittedly diplomatically difficult request, John. Perhaps people who like their own pipes might answer Gordon off-list? Richard. On 23/03/2011 14:35, John Dally wrote: You want us to recommend a maker? ha, ha,

[NSP] Re: Has there ever been an NSP with _all_ keys (no open holes)?

2011-03-22 Thread Richard York
Interesting... would it actually be easier, with all keys and therefore all fingers [] available to hit keys ? As it is I'm still teaching my fingers when to move to make all the notes faster, and still letting my thumb little finger learn which position is which, but most of the

[NSP] Halsway

2011-03-08 Thread Richard York
Thank you must hugely to you who were part of the Halsway event this weekend past - To Alan for organising, to Andy, Chris, Chris and Francis (aphabetically speaking) for tutoring; and just as much so to all who went, and made it such a fantastically nourishing weekend. Yes, the

[NSP] Re: Esoteric tuning relationships

2011-02-05 Thread Richard York
Thanks all for these responses. I'm trying in vain to remember the name in a BBC Radio3 programme some while ago about the Italian composer, just before Gesualdo, who devised the most amazing system to mean that all intervals were perfectly in tune, but the instruments, and singers,

[NSP] Esoteric tuning relationships

2011-02-03 Thread Richard York
I am sure I'm not the only person here who gets different feelings about different keys. G always feels fairly stable, A is a bit more exciting, Em is darker than Am , and so on. When playing an A minor tune I wrote for nsp's on the piano to see what harmonies it wanted, I was

[NSP] Re: Rotting of The Cotton Threads

2011-01-17 Thread Richard York
Message- From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [mailto:lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf Of Richard York Sent: 16 January 2011 22:54 To: NSP group Subject: [NSP] Re: Rotting of The Cotton Threads In fact I'm sure it would have made more sense with the sections in reverse order. But there you

[NSP] Re: Rotting of The Cotton Threads

2011-01-16 Thread Richard York
Arduous research in dusty attics and archives has revealed, Francis, that I regret it's not a strathspey, more a sort of rhythmic unravelling. I couldn't find anything called The Rotting of the Cotton Threads as such, but this obviously fairly corrupt version called The Rotting of the Threads,

[NSP] CD's books at Halsway

2011-01-14 Thread Richard York
Will whoever's taking any NPS etc shop items to the March Halsway pipers' weekend be including the new Matt Seattle Bewick book, and the excellently well reviewed Rob Say CD, please? Looking forward already to a good weekend. Best wishes, Richard. -- To get on or off this

[NSP] Re: oil - and for other instruments?l

2011-01-14 Thread Richard York
While we're here, what oil would you recommend for mouth-blown woodwind instruments, either pipes or recorders, which have no moving parts but need the wood feeding? I'm never sure what to use. Almond seems nice on recorders, and hasn't yet appeared to go rancid, but I'd welcome more advice,

[NSP] Re: Off-topic request for Hymnbook

2011-01-12 Thread Richard York
I also found it really confusing when trying to teach traditional music in this system to French speaking groups. Given that tonic solfa allows a movable doh (Or should that be Doh!? ) it's a very helpful system for singing with, as long as you indeed don't forget which of the arbitrary names

[NSP] Re: Concertina Tuning

2011-01-07 Thread Richard York
Hi Mike, You have the right man in Colin Dipper! A very Rolls Royce of concertina tuners, who 25 years ago rescued my lovely anglo from a botch job someone else had done, and has looked after it from time to time ever since. And on the other hand, you probably already know that unless there's

[NSP] Re: Concertina Tuning

2011-01-07 Thread Richard York
Please can John's advice be etched on metal plates, and nailed to all bodhrans ? ;-) [Cajons too] Richard, (among whose dearest friends was once a superb bodhran player. Just a few are out there.) On 07/01/2011 09:41, christopher.bi...@ec.europa.eu wrote: Nice one John! c

[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] 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: Doubleday et al

2010-12-19 Thread Richard York
(I've missed a day on this, while I was daft enough to honour a gig in Hampstead: 1 hr 40 there, 7 hours 20 back. The joys of the soft south!) You're absolutely right, John. It is, to adapt an earlier comment, pointless comparing apples and potatoes. But since we've mentioned it I was

[NSP] Re: Doubleday

2010-12-17 Thread Richard York
I'll think more on what he meant when I have more time! For expression - I quite agree with you on fiddle tunes. On the other hand, there are expressive tunes written primarily for pipes, surely, where they sound superbly best on pipes? And it is truly hard for anyone to make them work with

[NSP] Re: key question

2010-12-16 Thread Richard York
The only fitting response to this seems to me to picture the Charlie Brown cartoons - the image of Charlie with a sort of horizontal but wiggly line for his mouth - know the one I mean? Richard. On 15/12/2010 12:09, Francis Wood wrote: On 15 Dec 2010, at 12:05, Gibbons, John wrote: But

[NSP] Re: Clogging

2010-12-14 Thread Richard York
, and it's hopefully a thin end of a wedge. OK, back to the washing up. Salutations. Richard. On 11/12/2010 21:18, 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. The 60's Folk prog

[NSP] Re: Clogging

2010-12-11 Thread Richard York
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. The 60's Folk prog which followed was a right trip down nostalgia lane :) What's happening to TV? - all this, and last night the super programme by the

[NSP] Re: Pipes with continuo?

2010-12-03 Thread Richard York
, but may help towards a part answer to your question, have a look at the book essays in musicology ---page 150 regards Dave Singleton On 11/25/2010 6:50 PM, Richard York wrote: I was listening recently to a trio playing 17th/18th Cent. divisions on La Folia on the radio

[NSP] semi-OT wireless mic query

2010-11-25 Thread Richard York
Hello. Sorry, I'm wandering off the smallpipes topics again, but lots of people here have fingers in various musical pies and valuable experience. - and I do plan to be introducing smallpipes into our ceilidh band soon, so it's not entirely off topic! Please has anyone experience of the

[NSP] Pipes with continuo?

2010-11-25 Thread Richard York
I was listening recently to a trio playing 17th/18th Cent. divisions on La Folia on the radio, and was struck afresh by how similar are some of the things appearing in the nsp variations. (And yet different.)[Special aside for Round the Horn listeners :) ] Divisions on viols or

[NSP] Re: Help please

2010-11-17 Thread Richard York
Thanks, Ian, for this link. Really useful, especially when it leads to Jakob Nielsen's pages, where I can feel virtuous about some bits my own site's design and learn that others need changing quite seriously! Richard. When I have had problems like this I often go back and re-read and

[NSP] Sage Radio3 prog

2010-11-08 Thread Richard York
Greetings from the rainswept Midlands! Radio 3's Words Music last night was from the Sage, largely with NE theme, and three Tickells much in evidence, including some piping, singing, words, local choir, etc. [1]http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00vf5cn/Words_and_Music_Free_T

[NSP] Sage Radio3 prog

2010-11-08 Thread Richard York
Greetings from the rainswept Midlands! Radio 3's Words Music last night was from the Sage, largely with NE theme, and three Tickells much in evidence, including some piping, singing, words, local choir, etc. [1]http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00vf5cn/Words_and_Music_Free_T

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

2010-11-04 Thread Richard York
Me too! And while between the day job taking up silly hours, and workmen knocking the house about, I haven't had time to more than gloss any of this last part, yes please - go on. I look forward to getting time, and a lack of thunderous hammering, to play this material this w/e - on pipes I

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

2010-11-04 Thread Richard York
you asked about. Does it lie as well under the fingers on a hurdy-gurdy as on NSP? John From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf Of Richard York [rich...@lizards.force9.co.uk] Sent: 04 November 2010 18:42 To: NSP group Subject

[NSP] Re: Cymbal

2010-11-03 Thread Richard York
And to complete the circle, there's a recording of both nsp's and gurdy at http://www.richardhaynesmusicservices.com/page6.htm I'm not saying it's state-of-the-art playing on either, but it's a very interesting and rather nice sound combination. It's only fair to read his comments first: it's

[NSP] Re: Tune hunt: OT but I hope interesting!

2010-11-01 Thread Richard York
.. that's a cunning way of reminding me that while I still have your original yellow Bewick book, I ought to buy the new one too, Matt :-) I will order one anyway, but do you mean by this you think it's not Lord Randall either? (Sorry, being thick here - it'll probably be clearer once I own

[NSP] Tune hunt: OT but I hope interesting!

2010-10-31 Thread Richard York
I'm hunting tunes. Nowt to do specifically with smallpipes, but at least one is Scots. And I know there are some mighty experienced tune historians among you And I have looked in Farne, Matt!:-) Henry Mayhew in the 1850's interviewed Old Sarah a blind Londonstreet hurdy gurdy

[NSP] Re: Tune hunt: OT but I hope interesting!

2010-10-31 Thread Richard York
, Richard. On 31/10/2010 18:28, Francis Wood wrote: On 31 Oct 2010, at 16:13, Richard York wrote: Henry Mayhew in the 1850's interviewed Old Sarah a blind Londonstreet hurdy gurdy player who was taught in the very early years of the 1800's to play what she called the cymbal. Hurdy gurdy has

[NSP] Re: Cymbal

2010-10-31 Thread Richard York
to be taken from life (and we do all know how accurate newspapers, journals and books are, don't we). Colin Hill - Original Message - From: Richard York rich...@lizards.force9.co.uk To: NSP group nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2010 6:13 PM Subject: [NSP] Re: Cymbal Hi

[NSP] Re: Cymbal

2010-10-31 Thread Richard York
to be taken from life (and we do all know how accurate newspapers, journals and books are, don't we). Colin Hill - Original Message - From: Richard York rich...@lizards.force9.co.uk To: NSP group nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2010 6:13 PM Subject: [NSP] Re: Cymbal Hi

[NSP] Re: Proudlock's Hornpipe - OT: General M

2010-10-11 Thread Richard York
Greetings, I expect to be corrected, but I was told that the story was that General M deliberately marched his men down slowly so that while he hadn't overtly changed sides yet, they would arrive, O dear what a pity chaps, too late to actually be there in time to prevent the

[NSP] Re: Sir Sidney Smith's March - Clough version

2010-10-09 Thread Richard York
Subjective indeed... especially when John Clare gives the tune ( I believe in its non-abridged version, but I'm sorry, I'm too tired to go check just now) as a Gavotte by Handel. :) Richard. On 08/10/2010 20:35, Pauline Cato wrote: It was me who picked this tune for the

[NSP] Re: Tune Information

2010-09-28 Thread Richard York
Kettle Drum is in the 1650 Playford's Dancing Master, for one. Dunno about its actual origins, but that's a collected and published source for it. Best wishes, Richard. On 28/09/2010 15:53, Greenley, Gordon wrote: Does anyone have any information on the origins of the following tunes?

[NSP] Re: 4-bar reels

2010-09-08 Thread Richard York
I grovel. - and of course you're right. Yours in deep humility, Richard. On 08/09/2010 15:26, Julia Say wrote: On 8 Sep 2010, Gibbons, John wrote: Probably not a typo. No, John is correct. Not a typo. There are quite a few of these scattered through society publications (and

[NSP] Re: Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels

2010-08-24 Thread Richard York
Just take a sleeping bag and several days' food with you - once in, it's difficult to leave, as you keep on seeing just one more thing you Really need to look at... Richard. On 24/08/2010 09:09, Edric Ellis wrote: Hi all, Apologies if this is common knowledge - couldn't

[NSP] Re: Skinny-piping

2010-08-16 Thread Richard York
-afternoon - morn being far too chilly! Richard. On 16/08/2010 15:52, Francis Wood wrote: On 12 Aug 2010, at 09:55, Richard York wrote: a possible need for a new sub-group within the NPS, the naturist section Since August is still with us, should we compile a suitable repertoire? Francis

[NSP] Re: Bag cloth

2010-08-12 Thread Richard York
Thanks to all for the wealth of information. Barry's reply suggests a possible need for a new sub-group within the NPS, the naturist sectionon second thoughts, I don't even want to picture it!! Best wishes, Richard. On 11/08/2010 22:09, Barry Say wrote: But why bother

[NSP] Re: Bag cloth

2010-08-12 Thread Richard York
On 12/08/2010 11:05, Richard York wrote: Go on, someone plase suggest tattooing the bag :) R On 12/08/2010 11:01, Philip Gruar wrote: Does this still work if the skin is covered with tattoos? Philip - Original Message - From: Barry Say [1]barr

[NSP] Bag cloth

2010-08-11 Thread Richard York
Greetings. I'm replacing the cover for my bag, due to replacing the leather bag with a longer necked one, which would otherwise poke out in an undignified way. I've only ever seen velvet used on bag covers so far. Is it just a fine tradition, or is there some reason why other cloths may be

[NSP] Rosslyn Castle

2010-04-26 Thread Richard York
Rosslyn/Roslyn/Roslin Castle is a tune I love, and it's in the NPS books. I'd like to find more about the origin. The story about the mason, from Andy May on his CD insert, is a great tale, but of course doesn't explain the tune's beginnings - I sort of assumed from there it was perhaps a

[NSP] Re: Rosslyn Castle

2010-04-26 Thread Richard York
Andy's CD but if his story is about a mason I suspect it relates to the Apprentice Pillar in Roslin Chapel - a different building. The Welsh story - no comment. On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 1:10 PM, Richard York [1]rich...@lizards.force9.co.uk wrote: Rosslyn/Roslyn/Roslin Castle

[NSP] Re: Reeds

2010-03-20 Thread Richard York
What a great idea indeed seems to be building momentum. I really enjoyed watching Andy May's demo at Halsway of making/scraping a reed. I suspect it's not quite as easy as he made it look :-) but as you say, it's a skill we all need. And fiddle tuning - while I was in a music shop

[NSP] Re: pipe cases

2010-02-19 Thread Richard York
This is especially true if you have the skill and the right saw to cut the whole thing in two with a decent straight line which meets up with itself in all the right places... Richard. Paul Gretton wrote: BTW, anyone thinking of building their own (wooden) case might benefit from the

[NSP] Re: pipe cases

2010-02-19 Thread Richard York
And beware of the Wrong sort of foam! For various instrument cases some years ago I got this superb stuff from a car upholsterer: foam-backed cloth with quite a raised nap - smashing and quite classy looking .. for the first 12 - 15 years. After which the foam de-natures and fills the

[NSP] Re: pipe cases

2010-02-18 Thread Richard York
There are just too many obvious openings for unkind remarks about why one would bother to take the Gurdy out before trying the test but as a gurdy player I'm far too kind to make them. :-) Richard. There is a Belgian on the HurdyGurdy list, who is in the military, who has tried

[NSP] Re: pipe cases

2010-02-18 Thread Richard York
I have a really useful lightweight case made from the ribbed black duct/pipe/tube whatever you may call it, about 6 or 7 inch internal diameter, which I rescued from surplus when they were laying new electric cables near us some 12 years ago. The nice man said that that pile was surplus

[NSP] Re: NSP duet with other instruments

2010-02-07 Thread Richard York
And there's also the great mix of Andy May's pipes Sophie Ball's fiddle on his Happy Hours CD. Smashing. (Official Disclaimer: the terms, Great mix and smashing here represent expressions of personally held opinions of musical taste, for which I alone am responsible, and with which others

[NSP] Re: NSP duet with other instruments now OT

2010-02-07 Thread Richard York
Haven't tried cyanide, but did do Wagner with passionate Wagner-phile 'A' level Music teacher many years ago. Sorry, Paul, it was as a result of that I got to dislike them... but hope you enjoy The Ring Cycle! Best wishes and apologies to all for another OT excursion! Richard.

[NSP] Re: vachement bien!

2010-02-01 Thread Richard York
Vraiment!!! Merci. christopher.bi...@ec.europa.eu wrote: [1]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jedd2FiZTqM -- References 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jedd2FiZTqM To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: bag shape

2010-01-28 Thread Richard York
As I understand it, the shape you get if a cartoonist wants to depict a drop of water: pointy top smoothly widening to rounded belly shape, and in my mind, the top is not straight but bends off to the side the chanter's going to go. Again, like the cartoon drop of water. If I'm wrong, someone

[NSP] Re: bag shape

2010-01-27 Thread Richard York
Thanks greatly to one and all for these - great food for thought here. I'm interested that everyone's addressed the matter of how to make the existing bag shape comfortable, but no-one has offered experience of the tear-drop shape - are they very rare, or just deeply heretical? Meanwhile I

[NSP] Re: bag shape

2010-01-27 Thread Richard York
This thread is great - thanks again all. Resonance affected by neck shape, air flow etc - forgive my ignorance but does the presence of a bit of foam in the top of the split stock, put there I assume to prevent either seasoning escaping into chanter or loose reed escaping into bag, not affect

[NSP] Re: the Guardian today....

2010-01-26 Thread Richard York
Unmanned spy drone says the article. I have an image of a little hovering drone which buzzes round nsp mass playings to check on the tunings of everyone present. Depending on the personality of the group leader/teacher, offenders are either helpfully rectified or dispatched. ( in case

[NSP] bag shape

2010-01-26 Thread Richard York
I'd welcome comments/advice on nsp bag shape, please. There's the conventional shape, and now I learn there's the tear-drop shape. I've been playing other (non Scottish) bagpipes for quite a long time, with various shaped bags, from medieval/renaissance large tear drop, held more in front of

[NSP] Re: NSP oil for pipes and key pads

2010-01-13 Thread Richard York
Yes - thanks! R Julia Say wrote: On 13 Jan 2010, Richard York wrote: Julia, I love this word snotomer but confess I haven't met it before, neither has Google, it appears... I can sort of guess... Please explain, with footnotes where appropriate :) I worked for 10 years in a polymer

[NSP] Re: NSP oil for pipes and key pads

2010-01-12 Thread Richard York
Hi Tom, I'll let others advise on the oil, but the bottles are gained by boldly walking into a nail and beauty salon and asking for either an unused one or an empty, then applying loads of acetate to clean it up. Best wishes, Richard. Tom Childs wrote: Hi all, I know this question has

[NSP] Re: NSP oil for pipes and key pads

2010-01-12 Thread Richard York
Errmmm, no actually I got lots of sheets from an overhead projector and wiped it until or there again I'm just getting old and forgetful and meant acetone all the time. Whooops. Thanks, Francis. Richard. Francis Wood wrote: On 12 Jan 2010, at 19:04, Richard York wrote

[NSP] Re: NSP

2010-01-06 Thread Richard York
Palatinate Pipes? tim rolls BT wrote: I guess we may have to consider allowing Durham, CHAPELRY OF WHITWORTH. The Chapelry of Whitworth is bounded by the Wear, dividing it from Brancepath on the North; by Tudhoe, in the Parish of Brancepath, on the East; by Merrington

[NSP] Re: NSP Etiquette

2010-01-06 Thread Richard York
Thanks for the reminder, Matt, and my apologies. Richard. Matt Seattle wrote: Etiquette Only couple of gross offenders, but please don't include EVERY message in a thread when you reply to it, just the relevant bits Happy New Year To get on or off this list see list

[NSP] Re: NSP

2010-01-05 Thread Richard York
Strange, isn't it? You're right, but I can't recollect ever seeing the Scotland bagpipes mentioned, nor yet the France bagpipes. Yours in puzzlement, but Happy New Year anyway, Richard. P.S. Not being very tall, I suppose I'm a small piper, or at least aspiring eventually to become one.

[NSP] Re: NSP item on BBC Radio 4

2010-01-01 Thread Richard York
There's also the theory that said crusaders found the Saracen bagpipes upset their horses so brought them back as a way of bagpipe-proofing horses - urban bagpiping myth or not? The same theory likes the introduction of the nakers to Europe occurring for the same reason - it is

[NSP] Re: From notation to music

2009-12-03 Thread Richard York
Well said again, Anthony. It's indeed the possession of both skills which is rare. We recently met a lady who had played professionally in the string section of a leading national orchestra for years, and had just retired. Name the conductor, and she'd played under them. She now left the

[NSP] Re: Old Guy

2009-10-27 Thread Richard York
Thanks Richard, That's interesting - we like Firefox so much better in lots of ways, but it sometimes doesn't play things it ought. Now I'll know what to do in future! Best wishes, Richard. Richard Evans wrote: Richard Evans wrote: Anthony Robb wrote: Here's a wee snippet of Will

[NSP] Re: Old Guy

2009-10-26 Thread Richard York
near Hepple and could see just what he meant. Trouble is I'm still not there yet - as Jimmy Little says it takes a lang time, a lang, lang time! Cheers Anthony --- On Sun, 25/10/09, Richard York rich...@lizards.force9.co.uk wrote: From: Richard York rich...@lizards.force9

[NSP] Re: Old Guy

2009-10-25 Thread Richard York
I'd love to hear it, but am I the only one whose computer sits there for ages with the quick-time logo up, and the message loading, but no ultimate achievement? Is there an alternative route to reaching it? I can hear the other tunes on your front page, Anthony, they're fine. Thanks, Richard.

[NSP] Folio 3

2009-10-02 Thread Richard York
I opened my computer to write and congratulate Julia all on Folio 3, see I'm not the first, so I'll join my voice to theirs. I'll look forward to playing through the tunes too. Thanks, Richard. To get on or off this list see list information at

[NSP] Re: players in SW

2009-08-17 Thread Richard York
Valerio's right - though you could always buy the Peacock book on actual paper. It's remarkably cheap for such a superb set of music for 8 notes. In fact in my fairly short nsp playing life so far, I've been surprised that although everyone carries the Society Tune Books and the folios,

[NSP] Re: Composing location

2009-08-13 Thread Richard York
I'm impressed that you find you can write decent tunes in your sleep, Valerio - I recently woke up from a dream with a world-beatingly fantastic tune in it, and to my glee found I could still remember part of it. Then as the layers of sleep peeled away I was mortified to realise I'd

[NSP] Dawn Goff contact request

2009-07-05 Thread Richard York
Apologies to the rest of you for using the general lists thus. Hi Dawn, You wrote to one of these two lists about Rothbury Festival... I think it's next weekend, yes? recently but I deleted the message, and hence your address with it. I have a small favour to ask, if you are going up there,

[NSP] Re: Happy Hours

2009-06-12 Thread Richard York
I rather assumed that the extra extra embellishment was a sort of in joke, affectionately smiling at Billy Pigg's enthusiasm for such embellishments and just overdoing it enough for the grin. Andy M only does that once - most tasteful! Mr. May, sir, - if you read this list - was that the

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