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Date Posted: 13:28:54 05/19/03 Mon
The one thing that always brings me down is hearing lower grade pipers UNDERBLOWING their HiA to get what they think is that scratchy ring we all try to perfect. All they wind up doing is falling way short of the mark into a horrible crackly HiA and steady blowing is out the window. Just a tip for the lower grade pipers, and this is not a dig by any means. If you want your HiA to have that scratchy balanced ring, you have to play hide and you have blow steady. REAL STEADY. Waver either way, that ring is gone!
>>Listening to a video tape of scottish instructors
>>playing at a recital at a summer school, I couldn't
>>believe how flat those Hi-A's were.
>>Is this a common thing?
>As a young lad, I know we used to play with much more
>of a craw than we do nowadays. Hide bags, cane reeds,
>home made seasoning, leather flapper valves, and
>slopping all over those chanter reeds.... no dry bags,
>no moisture control, no water traps etc etc. The goal
>now is to have that clear ringing h-a, with power.
>Your comment John, that h-a is a "blend" intrigues me.
>I gather you mean it's a blend of two other notes,
>with a reference to the odd scale that the pipes are
>in. Is that what you mean, and if so, a blend of which
>It's easy to tune one's h-a to low-a, but when I do,
>it sounds sharp on the whole!!!! And my ear won't let
>me leave it there. EVEN THEN!!!! It still sounds flat
>against my drones.
>It's an interesting problem! I'd be curious to know
>what a judge might think if I tuned my h-a perfectly
>with a tuner, and competed that way. Worse yet, I
>could tune my whole band that way!!!!!
>P.S. I'm outa here, gotta go play a band engagement,
>then go run a practice for Scotland. The sun's
>shinin', my pipes are ready, I've had a good sleep,
>and life is good!!!!
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