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Friday, October 12th, 2007
3:55 pm - Some things just have to be shared

Click on "Bagpipe Hero." in the video highlights section. Easily the most amuzing 1 minute 9 seconds of your day.
(not quite safe for work.)

(Cross posted to pipes_and_drums.)

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Sunday, September 9th, 2007
9:17 pm - I Play in Dave Montcalm's Band...

But I heard that Dave Montcalm's other band (Ann Arbor Pipes and Drums) took Grade V Champion Supreme two weeks ago...
Now I mention this, because I thought one of the members of this forum belonged to Dave's other band, and I was wondering why she wasn't braggin' in here!

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Sunday, March 4th, 2007
8:13 pm - Tartanic to be no more

I know some of you are fans of Tartanic, so I thought I would post this:

Tartanic will not be touring after the close of the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Please come out to Apache Junction to give us your support because it's truly been a joy to entertain you. Also, come and get your Tartanic CDs because they're going like hot cakes and won't be available for much longer (AZRF ends April 8, 2007). They will also be available at CDBaby.com until that date.

Again, we've enjoyed our run for the last five years and we've especially
loved meeting all of our adoring fans. In ten years, we'll look back at
this period in our lives and think fondly on it.

We Love You,

The Guys of Tartanic

current mood: crushed

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Monday, February 5th, 2007
8:45 pm - Let's do the time warp again...

The other day a woman called my pipe major to see if he knew of anyone who she could hire to play at her wedding. He said he'd pass on her number to his better pipers.

Within an hour of her calling, he got in contact with me, his Pipe Sgt, who happens to be a 17 year old girl. I promptly called the woman back. She didn't seem too old, and I explained that I am Wes's PS and he asked me to call her about piping at her wedding.

Her voice immediately dropped. And she said "oh....I was looking for a man..." If I would have been able to jump through the telephone, that woman would be dead.

However, I remained civil, and gave her the number of my friend Eric, the only other person on our band who plays for weddings/funerals. As soon as I hung up with her, I got on the phone with him and told him what had happened.

This was all a week ago. Yesterday the lady called Eric and asked if she could hire him for her wedding. To which he replied "well Brittany probably would have been willing to do it for $150...but I'll have to take off work that day, and I'll need to charge extra for the distance I'll be traveling. So it'll be $400 for me." She seemed disappointed, but agreed to have him play for her wedding.

Today she called Eric back and said "i think 400 might be a little much.." and he said "well Brittany would probably still be willing to do it, but i don't think she has grown a penis yet."

She hung up.

Has anything like this happened to any of you ladies? How did you react? Is this common? this is my first time encountering any type of sexism in the bagpiping world. And I've been playing for almost 7 years

current mood: amused

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Monday, December 4th, 2006
1:34 am - heh

So, there I was, leading the band at an anniversary celebration for a local pub/brewery. We end the set, and start marching from the front of the bar, through the tables, and to the back of the bar, when one of the waiters, frantically trying to clear a table so standing patrons can be seated, steps right in our path, and starts to wipe down the table. Boldy we strive forward to the strirring strains of "Green Hills of Tyroll" hoping he'll move left or right so we can get though. We have the man surrounded... he glances up and freaks out a bit, and I note that he has earpieces in probably going to an i-pod in pocket. So, I guess it is possible to sneak up on someone while playing the bagpipes. (Cross posted to pipes_and_drums)

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Monday, August 21st, 2006
6:29 pm - My progress


Hey ladies,

I just wanted to updated. I've been playing since April, I am now working on four different tunes.

Blue Bells of Scottland
Scots Wha Hae
First line of Companys Lament

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Saturday, July 8th, 2006
12:18 am - Piping School

I just returned from a week at the Ontario School of Piping and Drumming. Very informative! It was just excellent. In the course of a week I learned (by memory) a hornpipe, jig, 9/8 march and a piobaireachd. And off the paper another jig, a strathspey and a reel. My instructors were James MacHattie (P/M, Toronto Police I) and Jim MacGillvary (piobaireachd god). Every night there were two lectures on topics such as pipe maintenance and tuning. If any of you have the opportunity to attend such a school next year do not hesitate, it has done wonders for my piping already.

Adults: don't feel shy about going, it's not like summer camp. At 18, I was the oldest of the "young people", but there were at least 12 adults in their 30s-70s.

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Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
5:11 pm

Hello fellow Lady Pipers!

Question: For those of you who have taken a piping break/hiatus and then gone back to it, how long do you find it takes you to get back into performance shape?
I've been travelling a lot this summer, and have been taking classes so I've had little time for piping. I was dismayed to realize my pipe band is going on an out of town parade the 7th of July, six days after I get back into town! Any tips for getting back into shape quickly? (Specifics... I know I have to practice)

Edit: Oh, and I don't have my bagpipes with me on my vacation (too much to carry) so I only have my practice chanter till July 1st!

current mood: hopeful

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12:37 am - What's wrong with this picture?

Heh... check out the pipes in the upper left corner...

5 pts to the first one to spot it...


(posted in pipes_and_drums too.)

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Sunday, June 11th, 2006
8:08 pm - my ears... oh the pain.

A question for you experienced practice-chanter-ers.
I am away from my instructor for the summer, and have been having an awful time trying to contact him so maybe you gals can help me out.

My high A is extreeeeemely sharp. Like alomst an entirely different note altogether. I have a couple holes with tape to fix some other tuning problems, so is there a certain hole I can tape to fix this problem? It is driving me, my parents, and dogs insane. :)

Any quick fixer-uppers?

current mood: irkified

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Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
8:29 am - Two Questions

Question 1:
We have a few members that are joining us for the first time in parades, and I sent these words of wisdom to them. I thought I'd share them with ya'll, since there are a few beginners here. Any of you vetrans have something to add?

Parade advice.Collapse )
Question 2:
We've had a sad time in Kalamazoo the last few weeks. Scott McClellan, an open grade piper who many of our pipers took lessons from, died of a heart attack just before memorial day. Max Knuth, one of our founding members who had played with us for over 30 years, passed away after a long illness a few days after Scott.

I was at Max's memorial, and there was a large gathering of family, but there were also a small contingent of pipers. I met the founder our band, Dr. John Beaton, and a few other former members and pipe majors. I found out recently that one of our more active members is well into his 70's. But if you compared these men to people the same age who were around them at the memorial, you would swear they were at a minimum 10 years younger. Have any of the rest of you noticed this effect amongst pipers? Does it extend to drummers?

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Thursday, May 25th, 2006
6:46 pm - First tune

Hey guys I'm on my first tune! I'm so excited. It is the Bluebells of Scotland, does anyone know of a CD that has this song on it? I thought I had one, but none of my CD's have it... Or even a place I could download it would be great too!

Keep piping ladies!

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Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
12:14 pm - Alma Games!

I know we have a portion of members in the Michigan/Ohio/Canada areas, and therefore...

Alma Festival is coming up, starting next Saturday to be exact. So, who's going? My band (Ann Arbor, Grade IV) is going and competing both days. I'll be playing with them, but no solos this year.

Also, since summer is rapidly approaching, is anyone going to piping schools this summer?

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Monday, May 15th, 2006
12:24 am - Greetings from a procrastinatin' fool.

Yay! So it looks like I am a new member of this community. I am also very new to bagpiping.. or I should say practice chanter-ing, as well. :)
I am taking lessons by a young laid-back guy in Austin, TX and managing to find time to practice in between going to school and studying. It's actually become a form of stress relief for me.
So I just wanted to say hello and it's great to find a group since I don't know another soul who plays bagpipes. I would like to know how long it took ya'll personally to get on to the actual pipes, because I've heard different averages from different people.

current mood: sleepy

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Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
9:05 pm - First lesson

I just had to tell someone! I just had my first bagpipe lesson today! I'm so excited!

That is all, sorry to bother you...

Hey if you haven't check out www.tartanic.com

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006
5:14 pm - P.M. Rant

Okay, I'm turning into a piping snob... but that's not what this is about.
Watch your durn P.M.!Collapse )

current mood: happy

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Monday, February 20th, 2006
8:03 pm - Good idea, not so Good idea

Good idea:
Not so good idea.
Practicing on your bagpipes when you have a sinus infection. I'm not sure if it's a bagpiping urban legend, or if it's actually true, but supposedly if you play GHBP for too long when you're having issues with your sinuses or an ear infection, you can blow out your own eardrums.
All I know, is one round of Crags of Tumbledown Mountain, and I have just about the worst headache I've ever gotten from a set of bagpipes. And this was on my softest, most forgivingest reed. Fortunately, I didn't blow out my eardrums.

current mood: sick

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
7:59 pm

After searching since September, I (may) have found a pipe teacher! Lessons will begin once my Reading Week is over...*dances.* Problem: due to the collective bagpipe hatred of my dorm, there has been relatively little practicing. The guy knows about my situation, but--anyone have tips for improving quickly? Just so he doesn't run shrieking in the opposite direction?

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Sunday, February 5th, 2006
9:17 pm

I have decided bagpipes (for those of us without the slightest amount of scotts {or any celtoi for that matter} in our heritage...) is basically marching band for those of us who had to give it up once we graduated from high-school/college.

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1:08 am - long, overdue mod post


Hey everyone.  I am alive.  Questions:
1. Who's doing solo competition this year?
2. What competitions will you be doing?
3. Current favorite tune?
4. Playing with a band?  Which one?


my answersCollapse )

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