Thanks for that Matt. I've often wondered! Why though is it taking so
long for the NPS to correct its error?
In the recent First 30 booklet I'm the only peron to give Jamie Allan
as the name and as my wife pointed out it looks as if I'm the one
getting it wrong!
After all, if I
Hi John and all,
I like the monkey hunting analogy.
If you're hunting monkeys (ies?) by yourself, then hunt them in whatever way
catches most monkeys for you.
Naturally if you are hunting monkeys with a group of other monkey hunters,
you need some agreement as to how you are all going to
Just to mention that Mike nelson used my hole spacings on his chanters
which he graciously acknowledged on a diagram of chanter hole spacings
he produced in the early days.
From: Anthony Robb anth...@robbpipes.com
To: Dartmouth NPS email@example.com
No, it would not do at all for me to play the tunes as I would be
imprinting my own style, whatever that is, on the tunes with all the
bad habits of gracing I have picked up over the years. This would also
apply to other pipers who have learnt from 'the old guys' and have
'susceptible smallest environmental
Change, whether atmospheric'
Going from one room to another at Halsway was enough to unfettle mine very
Going out in the drizzle with them cured it for a while.
Happily, so did bringing them home.
The warm welcoming atmosphere there has its
Dear Colin, John et al.
I think we should be distinguishing between Regional and personal
Reels in the most of the British Isles (and elsewhere) have a pulse
which can be interpreted as:
Gob-stopper, gob-stopper, gob-stopper, gob-stopper.
On 11 Mar 2009, Gibbons, John wrote:
The other approach, less apparently prescriptive, is getting different
pipers to record a few tunes each - and stylistic variations in
rhythm, gracing etc will be there - new pipers can choose who they
want to try to sound like.
Which is precisely what I
Don't leave us hanging what did he choose to do?
- Original Message -
From: Richard York rich...@lizards.force9.co.uk
To: NSP group firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 6:10 PM
Subject: [NSP] Re: First 30 tunes
Some years ago I met a
My Morpethian friend plays The Hesleyside Reel as a reel, up tempo,
with a bump-ditty, 2/2 rhythm. It's quite easy to play flat fingered
on the Border pipes at that tempo. Call me a slacker, but I doubt I
will ever have the technique to play the tune on the NSP at his tempo,
In a way, that's the least important part of the story :)
It struck me at the time what a parallel it was with our treatment of
music which comes to us from before our time, or at least before deadly
accurate sound recording, whether it's medieval or anything else.
But to answer your
On 11 Mar 2009 at 18:39, Robert Greef wrote:
So some aural illusions at work, it would seem. Anyone for psychoacoustics?
I think so.
When we hear a sound and it stops, our brains retain a memory of the sound so
that when we hear a subsequent sound we can compare the two and hear
What I am trying to get across is precisely the fact that the tunes
themselves were played as rants at musical gatherings with no
suggestion of dance involved. Yes, there are similarities to the polka
rhythm but Rant tunes tend to be crotchet rich and have, to my ears,
On 11 Mar 2009 at 19:39, Chris Ormston wrote:
Other volume differences between notes on recordings may merely be due
to the fact that the sound comes out of various points on the chanter,
holes are different sizes (but I don't want to go there!!!) and it is
difficult to position
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