[NSP] Re: Like never before

2011-01-08 Thread Francis Wood
On 7 Jan 2011, at 23:56, Gibbons, John wrote: I will be going back to the site for a 2nd helping once the headache's gone away. This is what happens. After the initial shock you go back. In my case, quite a lot. It's best heard on Spotify, though all the tracks can be downloaded here:

[NSP] Re: Like never before

2011-01-08 Thread Julia Say
On 8 Jan 2011, Francis Wood wrote: After the initial shock you go back. In my case, quite a lot. N'brian music with pizzazz. Or as it is known in my immediate circle, with b*ks. Music with Rocks in... (Pratchett!) And passion. So sadly lacking in some places I can far too easily think

[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] Halsway Pipers w.e March 2011

2011-01-08 Thread Alan Corkett
Calling all pipers ...and particularly regular attenders of this annual weekend event. There has been a late flurry of bookings for the Halsway Pipers w/e 4-7 March 2011. Christine and I shall be ready and waiting to welcome you to this event, but only if you have managed to book

[NSP] Re: Doublin' (Keenan Glackin)

2011-01-08 Thread Matt Seattle
On Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM, Anthony Robb [1]anth...@robbpipes.com wrote: I feel my comments need clarification, Where drones can be destructive is when there is up to 70 cents difference between one player and the next and each tunes their own drones to

[NSP] Re: Like never before

2011-01-08 Thread Francis Wood
On 8 Jan 2011, at 10:11, Julia Say wrote: N'brian music with pizzazz. Or as it is known in my immediate circle, with b*ks. Music with Rocks in... (Pratchett!) Well said! And passion. So sadly lacking in some places I can far too easily think of. Whoever it is has a huge enthusiasm

[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] Re: Doublin' (Keenan Glackin)

2011-01-08 Thread GibbonsSoinne
A 70 cent divergence between one set of pipes and another is alarming! More than a third of a tone in old money. We are approaching the territory of that Irish flute player I mentioned. A tactful cull of the outliers might be a good idea - 'Your pipes are more suitable for

[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: A 70 cent divergence

2011-01-08 Thread Alan Corkett
Having looked up what a cent was on wikipeadia, here is what it said about Human perception. HUMAN PERCEPTION It is difficult to establish how many cents are perceptible to humans; this accuracy varies greatly from person to person. One author stated that humans can distinguish a difference in

[NSP] Re: A 70 cent divergence

2011-01-08 Thread Francis Wood
On 8 Jan 2011, at 14:37, Alan Corkett wrote: Adults with amusia Now then. Does this describe an absence of any sense of humour? 'The Ill -Tempered Piper' perhaps? As for drones, can't someone develop the Hard Anger pipes. Same as NSP's mostly. Except that the drones are in tune Francis

[NSP] Re: NSP concertina

2011-01-08 Thread Rob Say
Hello - thank you John - very kind. I must of course point out that it's half NSP and half concertina - I don't actually have any tracks with both! If you're on this side of the pond, it's available from the record company (Veteran: www.veteran.co.uk), the Chantry have a stock and it's also

[NSP] Re: A 70 cent divergence

2011-01-08 Thread brimor
Hi Alan, In connection with the question of intonation and the perception of in-tune-ness, your quotation is very interesting. Violinists have the problem of having to decide whether to tune their A to whatever has been decided as the pitch for the ensemble with which they are playing 440,

[NSP] Re:

2011-01-08 Thread GibbonsSoinne
It might be worth analysing recordings of a good piper or two playing in E minor and in G, to see if they squeeze the B that little bit harder in the minor tunes, to bring it more in tune with the E/B drones. They may not do it consciously, but the B that's a true third above G

[NSP] Re: Intonation

2011-01-08 Thread GibbonsSoinne
As many notes on an NSP chanter can be bent about a quarter tone without putting the drones far out - at least on a good reed day - I guess one difference between a good piper and a fairly good one is the former will squeeze notes into tune unconsciously and accurately, the latter

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

2011-01-08 Thread Victor Eskenazi
I'm ashamed to say ... but it has to be. my pipes have sat for too long. just took them out again. (yes, shame on me ... ) 2 areas are in need of help. 1 - the weather here is very damp. turns out the joints are stuck. any suggestions on how to unstick them - without waiting for the right