[NSP] Re: the vagaries of the written note

2006-11-07 Thread Christopher.Birch
By nuances I mean more the phrasing and the length of notes, i.e. holding a note just that tiniest fraction longer or shorter than would be written. These, together with attack, are in my view among the most basic elements of style and illustrate how, in many ways, style is inseparable from

[NSP] Re: tune

2007-02-15 Thread Christopher.Birch
Given that the writer only wrote 7 bars every other line, do we take the rest of rhythm literally, as syncopated throughout, or a mistake? In other words, is it really dotted crotchet, crotchet, quaver, or the more common dotted crotchet, quaver, crotchet - ? Hm, I'd been wondering this myself.

[NSP] Re: reed making

2007-03-16 Thread Christopher.Birch
Fascinating, he makes it look so easy. The other nsp stuff is also brillant, particularly the clough family. -Original Message- From: Stephen Douglass [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 5:20 PM To: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Subject: [NSP] reed making If anyone is

[NSP] Re: German word

2007-04-23 Thread Christopher.Birch
My understanding, confirmed with a native German-speaking friend last night, is that Bordun is a musical process not connected to a specific instrument (like continuo basso) and when used with the pipes (Dudelsack) it refers to Brummpfeife/n, i.e. the drones. This may be historically true,

[NSP] Re: NSP - German Words

2007-04-24 Thread Christopher.Birch
As a thick person, does this have anything to do with Bordon as in organ stop etc? Etymologically almost certainly. But I'm fairly thick in the field of organs ;-) chirs To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: German word

2007-04-24 Thread Christopher.Birch
Hartvig Körner wrote: Theoretically, the plural form would be die Bordunen According to which theory? According to both Wildhagen and Harraps (the only German dictionaries I happen to have at hand), Brockhaus and bagpipe.de it's Bordune (except in the dative. All German plurals end in n in

[NSP] Re: German word

2007-04-24 Thread Christopher.Birch
Is there much theory of German plurals at all? Or do you just have to look them up? Certain types of noun are consistent (e.g. those ending in -ung or -schaft) but generally it's a can of würmer. I think we can ignore the related but irrelevant meanings Sorry, just replying to the Rev.

[NSP] Re: German word - and strictly speaking off topic

2007-04-25 Thread Christopher.Birch
According to German grammar, the 1. casus, Nominativ, undefined pluralis (any), is Bordune. 1. casus Nominativ defined pluralis (these) is Die Bordunen. Can you refer me to any authority you are quoting here? And what would the terminology be if you stuck to one language rather than a

[NSP] Re: German word

2007-04-25 Thread Christopher.Birch
I consulted a colleague on this point. Here are my questions and his replies: Is K=F6rner making any sense here? Or is he mixing up rules that apply to adjectives with those that apply to nouns? No. Probably. According to

[NSP] Re: German word

2007-04-25 Thread Christopher.Birch
K=F6rner An example of a cybermangled dieresis. c To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: g set

2007-05-29 Thread Christopher.Birch
continued use of the left thumb from one note to another (c# and d#) Does anyone know why the C# is usually next to the D on the right of the chanter, and the D# next to the E on the left? I know of one maker who reverses them, so you can play C#-D left pinky right thumb and D#-E right thumb

[NSP] Re: g chanter

2007-05-29 Thread Christopher.Birch
I was referring to the middle c# and d# on a 7 keyed chanter and g# 's would be needed too, to play in g on an f chanter. Oops, thought you meant the low ones. I must admit that I've got rather more keys than I need. The maker did warn me ... chirs To get on or off this list see list

[NSP] Re: Plumbing the depths, and further

2008-04-09 Thread Christopher.Birch
And of course Blow the wind southerly. Aaarrggh -Original Message- From: Anita Evans [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 11:49 PM To: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Subject: [NSP] Re: Plumbing the depths, and further Chris Ormston wrote: Dear All, I recently received a card

[NSP] Re: Plumbing the depths, and further

2008-04-09 Thread Christopher.Birch
My dearie sits ower late; what can the matter be? c -Original Message- From: Anita Evans [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 11:49 PM To: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Subject: [NSP] Re: Plumbing the depths, and further Chris Ormston wrote: Dear All, I recently received a

[NSP] Re: BBC Feature and related puerility

2008-04-09 Thread Christopher.Birch
The reference to the Rolling Stones reminds me of one of my favourite misprints: Brian Jones was always something of an enigma even to his closet friends Chirs -Original Message- From: Ormston, Chris [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 11:48 AM To:

[NSP] Re: (Top quality) NSP at auction

2008-05-22 Thread Christopher.Birch
Ah sorry - my fault. Not really because: The question mark was intended for anyone interested .. If it had been intended for Colin Ross it would/should have been inside the brackets. chirs To get on or off this list see list information at

[NSP] Re: The great choyte debate redux

2008-08-22 Thread Christopher.Birch
It might have saved us from that Maxwell-Davis stuff grin Not to mention Mozart and the Beatles ;-) To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: The great choyte debate redux

2008-08-25 Thread Christopher.Birch
Maybe we should regard the odd 'ornamental' choyte in the same way - the beginning of a slippery slope. But let him who is without sin And of course Pärt chose to write the piece. So maybe we can assume that like the rest of us he's a bit partial to a bit of sin now and again ;-) Don't

[NSP] Re: The great choyte debate redux

2008-08-25 Thread Christopher.Birch
Boyden of course is not the last word in research on the history of violin playing. I gather from other sources that not all old bows were shorter, even though such authorities as Jaap Schroeder continue to state that they were. Don't get me wrong, I have the greatest respect for

[NSP] Re: The great choyte debate redux

2008-08-25 Thread Christopher.Birch
Also being in the Folk genre doesn't mean 'anything goes'. Hear hear hear hear hear, and so on. This point cannot be emphasised enough. chirs To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: More choyting!

2008-08-27 Thread Christopher.Birch
Imagine if Pavarotti had thrown in the odd yodel in Nessun Dorma, and you'll get the idea! grin Ah yes, but no one claims that Pavarotti's is the only way to sing - or even to sing Nessun Dorma. My personal pet hates are excessive and misplaced vibrato, conjectural intonation and pomposity. In

[NSP] Re: More choyting!

2008-08-27 Thread Christopher.Birch
tries to get the e hole to sound in tune...) You'll be lucky ;-) To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: More choyting!

2008-08-27 Thread Christopher.Birch
maybe we should have a society red nose for such players :) Can I put my name down now. Count me in To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: the cry of the curlew, the wind in the reeds...

2008-08-27 Thread Christopher.Birch
There were many Folk clubs during the 60's - 80's including a few excellent traditional clubs (I ran one - and played my pipes there Which one was that? I was quite active on the folk scene in Liverpool in the mid-60s but had only ever encountered nsp on record (played by colin ross

[NSP] Re: It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me -- quite the opposite!

2008-08-27 Thread Christopher.Birch
We were quite happy to get rid of him I reckon to this day he thinks he's a great musician and doesn't realise that he wasn't being used by the other beatles as comic relief (the perfect voice for a little help from my friends). Good drummer, though, and made a serious contribution there. Oops,

[NSP] Re: the cry of the curlew, the wind in the reeds...

2008-08-27 Thread Christopher.Birch
Ah, I left in 1968 and have not been back much since. Coach House and Jim Peden's were main venues. Only played guitar (and just started fiddle when I left) in those days, so sessions were not much of an option - I didn't want to be yet another annoying thrasher, even if I could get my head

[NSP] Re: the cry of the curlew, the wind in the reeds...

2008-08-28 Thread Christopher.Birch
Jim and Shirley were usually found at Gregson's Well Yep, that's the place. Tuesday (been there, sung there) Idem along with John? Kaneen. (his nickname was Yogi) Yup. Cross Keys? Yes, went there as well - the formidable Tony Wilson in charge (Bothy ) with his captain's hat. Idem. And

[NSP] chooning

2008-08-28 Thread Christopher.Birch
Yes, Sheila's right. anyone who got tired of the tuning debate on previous occasions is invited to stop here ;-) Question: Is your absolute pitch in equal temperament. In other words, does a piano sound in tune - especially the thirds? I have nothing approaching absolute pitch but very acute

[NSP] Re: Not Choyting - advice please

2008-08-28 Thread Christopher.Birch
Used occasionally it's not too intrusive. I think the hard line taken by Clough, Adrian and I is really an attempt to reign in some of the worst excesses of open technique. Nicely put, though I enjoy a good choyte now and then. This is probably heresy to some, but I think it's arguable that

[NSP] Re: Not Choyting - advice please

2008-08-28 Thread Christopher.Birch
I'd go along with all of this. Thanks, Richard, for putting it so eloquently. c -Original Message- From: Richard York [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:57 AM To: NSP Mailing List Subject: [NSP] Re: Not Choyting - advice please Oh dear - that wasn't what I

[NSP] Re: Not Choyting - advice please

2008-08-28 Thread Christopher.Birch
Er, not sure I agree with this one... -Original Message- From: Richard York [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2008 12:22 PM To: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Subject: [NSP] Re: Not Choyting - advice please Greetings! The celebrated Mr Carthy also said, The only thing wrong

[NSP] Re: Not Choyting - advice please

2008-08-28 Thread Christopher.Birch
Of course, the traditional style needs to be mastered first to acquire the skill to take it further otherwise it tends to be bad playing. Indeed. (am I the only person in the world that likes buttered peas and hates holey halfpenny?). :) For listening or playing? And of course you have

[NSP] de gustibus non est disputandum

2008-09-17 Thread Christopher.Birch
- grace notes (or gracings), i.e. twiddly bits that are not necessary for articulation but are put in because the composer or player thinks they sound good. Choyting on the NSP would fall into the latter category. I'll drink to that! There might even be a few listeners

[NSP] Re: Etymology of the 'C' word - 2

2008-09-17 Thread Christopher.Birch
Our pipes alone, among other bagpipes, have the capability of producing truly detached notes In other words, they can do what the others can't. However they can also do what the others can, so they are potentially richer. Why make them, complementarily, as restricted as the others? I think

[NSP] Re: George Atkinson recordings

2008-09-17 Thread Christopher.Birch
Has anyone had more luck than me? No. c To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Tonschönheit ist Nebensache

2008-09-23 Thread Christopher.Birch
it's better to try to teach people how to think musically than to answer specific questions about what is correct or incorrect... Indeed. A friend of mine once told me about a concert during his schooldays when he was sitting next to a kid who was apparently the nephew or something of a

[NSP] Re: Fool, fearing to tread, aka Peacock marks

2008-09-23 Thread Christopher.Birch
pegment sans appui I'm not familiar with the term. Is this what purists might call a dégringolement? c To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: John's Miles Davis Quote

2008-10-01 Thread Christopher.Birch
As for choyting etc, it's the gold standard to learn to play without it, then choose to include it later if you wish to. So we could have foregone the entire debate then? grin To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: Mistakes in public perfomance, Miles Davis etc

2008-10-02 Thread Christopher.Birch
Clarinet-like? What sort of reed was he using? Most I've heard sound more oboe-like, which imho is a Good Thing. chirs -Original Message- From: Francis Wood [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 5:05 PM To: Ormston, Chris Cc: NSP Mailing List Subject: [NSP] Re:

[NSP] Re: Piping under threat!

2008-10-02 Thread Christopher.Birch
This made me wonder what 'Pan-Celtic syncopated jiggery' is, and what the nature of the threat. Sounds more like fun than a threat in the admittedly unlikely event of you asking me g To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: Piping under threat!

2008-10-03 Thread Christopher.Birch
Good points. When love breaks down by Prefab Sprout has already been recorded by Her Who Shall Not Be Named, has it not? Not to mention Stranger on the shore by, er, someone else. Sax had only ever been used to play orchestral music, it's original purpose as a crossover between brass and

[NSP] Re: Correct grade of oi l?

2008-10-27 Thread Christopher.Birch
I use neatsfoot and have had no problems. c -Original Message- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Monday, October 27, 2008 9:54 AM To: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Subject: [NSP] Correct grade of oi l? Hi Being very new to piping I get a bit confused about the

[NSP] Re: Oil and health

2008-11-28 Thread Christopher.Birch
The top B was still dodgy 70+ years after the original recording!!! Not to mention the top A, particularly at 2.00 and 2.07. Great stuff though c To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: NSP and pop music

2008-12-04 Thread Christopher.Birch
I believe Chris Ormston plays on a Peter Gabriel album, but I haven't chased it up yet. An NSP player is credited on Mike Oldfield's Ommadawn, but apparently didn't actually appear on the album because his reed broke and some UP player, er, played instead (information from Chris O). c

[NSP] Re: Ranting and raving

2009-01-05 Thread Christopher.Birch
The start of the rant beat is the opposite of trochhee and more iambic with two extra strong beats following the iambic te-tum. i.e. te-tum,tum,tum. Err... Matt's illustration (Nuts and raisins) is definitely two trochees. Yes, confusing, isn't it? Long live conventional notation. c To get

[NSP] Re: Rants and reels

2009-01-05 Thread Christopher.Birch
I can't think of a single word that will do but no doubt some one will. Untunable? Unbareable? c To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: Reel of Tullochgorum

2009-01-14 Thread Christopher.Birch
Could he be left handed or is the print backwards, I wonder. In fact the whole thing is left-handed so either of the above explanations are possible. More puzzling is the painting (Dutch 17th C) of a bellowspiper in Carbisdale Castle / Yoof Hostel, which is normal except that the piper has

[NSP] Re: Prints of pipers

2009-01-15 Thread Christopher.Birch
Even more disorientating was playing with a German violinist who had had an accident that ruined his right hand; he re-taught himself to play left-handed. A minor quibble, but do you mean ruined his *left* hand? I can imagine bowing with an injured right hand as long as the wrist,

[NSP] Re: Prints of pipers

2009-01-15 Thread Christopher.Birch
It appears to have disoriented the author of this article too: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Goebel-Reinhard.htm After unexplained paralysis struck his right hand, Goebel abandoned his career as a solo violinist, although he continued to play with his group, bowing the violin with his left

[NSP] Re: Prints of pipers

2009-01-15 Thread Christopher.Birch
I gather the unexplanation of the Goebel's paralysis was carpal tunnel syndrome. c -Original Message- From: Paul Gretton [mailto:i...@gretton-willems.com] Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2009 12:01 PM To: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Subject: [NSP] Re: Prints of pipers -Original

[NSP] Re: re written music

2009-03-10 Thread Christopher.Birch
With regard to the Tom Anderson quote, Never try to learn a tune you don't already know, as posted by Christopher Birch, Just for the record, I was referring to a previous posting by Colin Ross, in which he wrote: It has already attracted criticism from one of our pipers who is 'deeply

[NSP] Re: Chanter hole spacings

2009-03-12 Thread Christopher.Birch
Viola for sale - recently tuned. How did they know? g? To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: stiff fingers and aging

2009-03-27 Thread Christopher.Birch
I think unless one has specific health problems finger agility and flexibility can go on improving for a long time providing one practices every day. I'm 59 and mainly a (classical) violin/violist. Over the past few months I've been working on some knuckle-breaking exercises recommended by

[NSP] Re: Northumbrian smallpipe teacher in Brussels, Belgium?

2009-03-27 Thread Christopher.Birch
and it looks like Christopher Birch who is on this list may be closest to you in Luxemburg. Thanks for the plug, but I'm a dabbler more than a teacher ;-) I could impart the basics though. There's also David Singleton - also in Luxembourg - who helped me a great deal with his fettling

[NSP] Re: stiff fingers and aging

2009-03-31 Thread Christopher.Birch
I was very strict with myself about using the tips of my fingers for NSP, having read the phrase little pistons to describe proper NSP technique. Similarly you often see correct violin technique described as playing on the tips, and the phrase little hammers is used. Ruggiero Ricci, to

[NSP] Re: Canny Shepherd Laddies o' the Hills... back to the music

2009-03-31 Thread Christopher.Birch
Wonderful! Which leads me to offer this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q28ikQaPFK4 OK, it's fiddle-orientated rather than either sheep or smallpipes, but don't you think there's scope here for a new category in piping contests? Or perhaps simply a nice variant on the advice to practise

[NSP] Re: Newcastle Journal Article

2009-04-14 Thread Christopher.Birch
I have no opinion whatsoever on the truth of the assertions made in this recent posting. However, I believe it is indecent for a child to be publically criticised in this forum. I agree. So do I, particularly as it is probably not the kid's fault that she has a pushy mother, and she

[NSP] Re: Re:

2009-04-14 Thread Christopher.Birch
I don't think it fair to call any style of playing any instrument 'incorrect' simply because it does not adhere rigidly to tradition. Here we go again! FWIW: I a) value the tradition (and the baroque) and b) agree wholeheartedly with the above statement. I play various instruments in

[NSP] Re: Re:

2009-04-14 Thread Christopher.Birch
Do you think math teachers are unfair for calling answers wrong? I'm sorry, but this is frankly silly. Proving things write or rongue is what maths is about. Something may be wrong when playing a given style music (like playing jazz as if it was classical and vice versa) but describing a

[NSP] Re: Re:

2009-04-14 Thread Christopher.Birch
David was just being succinct. Mercifully, not everyone witters on at the length of, inter alia, yours truly ;-) The pipes too have undergone many developments from open-ended nine notes to closed-ended with up to two+ chromatic octaves and seventeen keys. Closed fingering was but one of them.

[NSP] Re: Lisa Ridley

2009-04-14 Thread Christopher.Birch
I think this very eloquently says it all - about piping, about music in general, and about life as a whole. I hope my wife is doing rumbled thumps again for lunch. Gudden appetit. chirs -Original Message- From: Anthony Robb [mailto:anth...@robbpipes.com] Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2009

[NSP] Re: Lisa Ridley

2009-04-14 Thread Christopher.Birch
She mentioned the Kathryn Tickell connection at our first lesson just before Christmas 2008 and when I quizzed her further she admited she had had 1 lesson from her. Good to know that KT is not responsible either. It would not be the first time in this forum that the lady has been

[NSP] Re: Style

2009-04-14 Thread Christopher.Birch
If a person ignores this completely from the outset then the product may not be wrong but it is certainly misguided. Let pipers take the music in any direction they wish but to have any connection with Northumbrian piping as such they must spend time studying the starting point

[NSP] Re: Lisa Ridley

2009-04-14 Thread Christopher.Birch
Not only Manitas da Plata!!! c -Original Message- From: Helen Capes [mailto:helen.ca...@paradise.net.nz] Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 12:22 PM To: 'Dartmouth NPS' Subject: [NSP] Re: Lisa Ridley I went to that Manitas de Plata concert too! I think its a great example of a good theory

[NSP] Re: Style

2009-04-14 Thread Christopher.Birch
I think you need to listen to more (good) opera singers, mate! Maybe. Who would you suggest? c To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: Lisa Ridley

2009-04-14 Thread Christopher.Birch
the clip sounded poor and yes, the article itself was unfortunate but Jessica isn't responsible. So... I finally got round to listening to it, and it was far far better than I had been led to expect. How were today's (and yesteryear's) big names playing when they were 14? Are there any

[NSP] Re: Style

2009-04-14 Thread Christopher.Birch
Hooray. At last, something I can agree with publicly. I'm trying to call it detached fingering (or tenuto for the technically minded), rather than staccato, but that's a minor detail. Right! And remember staccato does not mean short. It means separated. Detached/detaché on the violin

[NSP] Re: tyles

2009-04-15 Thread Christopher.Birch
Good points, both Stephen and Paul. Interesting point about Tchaikovski: the stringing of the violin in his day would have been much closer to what is nowadays regarded as baroque (all gut except a simply wound g). Modern synthetic (e.g. obligato), steel (e.g. prim) or even sophisticatedly

[NSP] Re: Lisa Ridley etc.etc.

2009-04-16 Thread Christopher.Birch
Hear hear! c -Original Message- From: pipe...@tiscali.co.uk [mailto:pipe...@tiscali.co.uk] Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 10:02 PM To: Dartmouth NPS Subject: [NSP] Lisa Ridley etc.etc. Dear All, As a Tiscali customer I have had no access to the forum for over a week so imagine my

[NSP] Re: Not again!

2009-04-16 Thread Christopher.Birch
Hear hear, welcome back and thanks for all the dots! Chirs (unashamed KT-worshipper - but aye, there's other equally fine ways of playing). -Original Message- From: Anthony Robb [mailto:anth...@robbpipes.com] Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 12:26 PM To: Dartmouth NPS Subject: [NSP]

[NSP] Re: Not again!

2009-04-16 Thread Christopher.Birch
Ah yes, I remember it well - even in the same city, whack! C I was the one who sang interminable unaccompanied ballads. My sister was the other one. I also almost got murdered by Barry Halpin for singing with God on our side at his club. Ah, madcap youth! c -Original Message- From:

[NSP] Re: Kathryn Tickell - Pipes Teacher.

2009-04-17 Thread Christopher.Birch
Thank you, Barry. I approached this message with trepidation fearing it might be a disclosure of the awful truth about one of people I most admire on this planet. Instead it was a long-overdue tribute to Kathryn's genius written by a person qualifed to judge. At last. Thank you again. chirs

[NSP] Re: nps

2009-04-28 Thread Christopher.Birch
The learner should note that the staccato style of playing should not be overdone. Excessive cutting of the notes though at times lending a meretricious brilliance to a performance, is not in accordance with good small-pipe style It is interesting that this was left out of

[NSP] Re: nps

2009-04-28 Thread Christopher.Birch
James Galway playing tin whistle used to be alarming, though the Chieftains taught him a better, more fluid, style subsequently. Only heard him doing so once and this was back in the early Cretaceous or thereabouts. Your description of the better style as more fluid suggests that he fell

[NSP] Re: Fenwick

2009-04-28 Thread Christopher.Birch
That passage describing and naming ornaments was clearly lifted from 'classical' tutors for other instruments. It does not discuss how these ornaments might be fingered, for example. Have you - has anyone - had Fenwick - ever heard a turned shake on the NSP? The description of staccato is

[NSP] Re: What oil to use?

2009-05-26 Thread Christopher.Birch
Praps some would prefer oil of vitriol. Just kidding. -Original Message- From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [mailto:lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf Of Francis Wood Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 7:50 AM To: pipers list Subject: [NSP] What oil to use? Can anybody suggest a suitable

[NSP] Re: what do pipemakers do on their day off?

2009-05-28 Thread Christopher.Birch
Is this as dangerous as it looks? Tho in the present context it's probably safer than admitting to liking KT ;-) c -Original Message- From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [mailto:lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Shaw Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 7:42 PM To: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu

[NSP] Re: smallpipes

2009-05-29 Thread Christopher.Birch
How imaginative! And how many instances of the same joke? I lost count. Is Boy George also guilty of choyting, or was his crime of a minor nature? c -Original Message- From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [mailto:lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf Of Rick Damon Sent: Thursday, May 28,

[NSP] Re: No kind of knowledge of the expressive power ....

2009-05-29 Thread Christopher.Birch
It certainly did this time! c -Original Message- From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [mailto:lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf Of christopher.bi...@ec.europa.eu Sent: Friday, May 29, 2009 11:06 AM To: phi...@gruar.clara.net Cc: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Subject: [NSP] Re: No kind of

[NSP] Re: Raindrops or ?

2009-06-03 Thread Christopher.Birch
I've heard the story - probably apocryphal - that Billy wrote it when sheltering from the rain in a shed/barn with a leaky roof and that as the rain got heavier the drips got faster. There again, Billy always tended to get faster FWIW C -Original Message- From:

[NSP] Re: this list is safer now

2009-06-10 Thread Christopher.Birch
I got quite a surprise last time I recorded myself playing - it was far too fast for my liking Related anecdote: Once while setting up for a gig, music playing in the background included a very fast and flashy version of Orange Blossom Special (not on the pipes!). When I asked who was

[NSP] Re: Was: this list is safer now//speed

2009-06-10 Thread Christopher.Birch
Interestingly (to me at least) classical musicians and critics tend to use preserving the dance character (of, say, Bach's partitas for solo violin) to mean not playing too slowly. My experience of playing for dancing (morris, scottish, rocknroll) tells me it should mean not playing too fast. c

[NSP] Re: How the brain reads

2009-06-15 Thread Christopher.Birch
when I've had more practice I'll be able to read whole bars at a time. The ability to read (and hear in your mind's ear and feel in your fingers) in increasingly large chunks just comes with practice - providing you go about it in the right way to begin with. The extreme case is that of the

[NSP] Re: question about number of keys

2009-07-13 Thread Christopher.Birch
don't let anyone talk you out of getting low C#. But if you do get one, I would recommend getting it on the opposite side of the chanter from the B and the D - it's hard to do a run over three consecutive keys! I know this is contrary to the normal practice of some highly respected makers

[NSP] Re: Transposing music

2009-08-03 Thread Christopher.Birch
I reckon you'd be better of writing it out by hand. This is what Mozart or Tom Clough would have done. c -Original Message- From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [mailto:lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf Of The Red Goblin Sent: Friday, July 31, 2009 8:43 PM To: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu

[NSP] Re: Re transposition

2009-08-03 Thread Christopher.Birch
or at least what I thought was the easy option and eventually came round full circle and did them (and still do them) in long hand. Thank you, Michael, for this info. I've always got the impression that all this Midi, Abc, Sibelius stuff is probably more laborious than long hand. You've

[NSP] Re: Transposing music

2009-08-03 Thread Christopher.Birch
Yes. Just read it down one note without writing it out. You'll soon get used to it and acquire a valuable skill. Best suggestion yet! c To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: Re transposition

2009-08-03 Thread Christopher.Birch
Ah yes, taking the plunge in the first place. Though, Michael Dillon said he has sucked them and seen. Maybe it's a personal temperament/aesthetic thing. Like fact that we're playing pipes and fiddles rather than synthesisers or riding choppers rather than Goldwings. Errr.sorry, could you

[NSP] Re: GUTS?

2009-08-07 Thread Christopher.Birch
Indeed! -Original Message- From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [mailto:lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Shaw Sent: Friday, August 07, 2009 2:40 PM To: Dartmouth NPS; Anthony Robb Subject: [NSP] Re: GUTS? Among traditional musicians nothing is so noticeable as the absence of

[NSP] Re: Tune title spelling

2009-08-20 Thread Christopher.Birch
Variation in interpretation is what music is all about so play the tune the way you want to and don't be brought down by the fundamentalists. Hear hear!!! CB

[NSP] Re: The Power of Positive Thinking

2009-10-20 Thread Christopher.Birch
Anyone know what pijpen means in Dutch? (I do). c -Original Message- From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [mailto:lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf Of Ian Carol Bartlett (home account) Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12:33 PM To: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Subject: [NSP] Re: The Power of

[NSP] Re: The Power of Positive Thinking

2009-10-20 Thread Christopher.Birch
Whilst we're there, I'm certain that any French speakers will advise against a careless translation of 'pipe-making'. Same thing. I hadn't been aware of the French expression, but it's in Petit Robert. c To get on or off this list see list information at

[NSP] Re: Old Guy

2009-10-28 Thread Christopher.Birch
Is that THE Neil Smith? Wa schon, schéi gréiss aus Lëtzebuerg! csirz -Original Message- From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [mailto:lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf Of Neil Smith Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 1:14 PM To: nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu Subject: [NSP] Old Guy Lovely

[NSP] Re: schei greiss

2009-11-04 Thread Christopher.Birch
Modern (new research) concert instrumentalists, starting as children now learn their instrument by ear for the first few years, when they have learnt the instrument and some of its' possibilities, they are introduced to the dots and in so doing create a happy medium and a happy player.

[NSP] Re: axel greiss . And pronunciation tip

2009-11-04 Thread Christopher.Birch
Akcherly it's gréiss, as in Gréiss Darling. c To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

[NSP] Re: schei greiss

2009-11-04 Thread Christopher.Birch
Sorry, this should be shay grice and indeed Dave should have used an acute accent on the e in both words - schéi gréiss. It's Luxembourgish for ­­- literally - beautiful greetings, corresponding to the German schöne Grüsse. Yes, the dots and strokes do matter for the correct pronunciation.

[NSP] Re: schei greiss

2009-11-04 Thread Christopher.Birch
Oops, deed mer leed nach eng kéier, it should have been shay grace not grice. Grease is not the word. c -Original Message- From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [mailto:lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf Of christopher.bi...@ec.europa.eu Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 12:57 PM To:

[NSP] Re: Message to Chris Birch and Dave S

2009-11-26 Thread Christopher.Birch
Hi Neil! Just phoned my good Luxembourgish lady to check, and we indeed have it. I'll send you a scan 2moro Csírz -Original Message- From: lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu [mailto:lute-...@cs.dartmouth.edu] On Behalf Of neil smith Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 3:29 PM To: Dartmouth

[NSP] Chariots of fire

2009-11-27 Thread Christopher.Birch
I'd still appreciate it if Chris could send the scan, though, as I seem to recall that version had harmonies. I no longer own the Christophory book (gave it away) but the version my good lady has located so far was in a school book sans harmonies. But she thinks it might have harmonies

[NSP] Chariots of Fire, imaginative harmonies and pipe-friendly key ;-)

2009-11-30 Thread Christopher.Birch
Speaking of keys, maybe you can retrofit a few more. Csírz Maat et gudd mais net ze dacks -- To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html

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