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Subject: Re: Lower Pitched chanters????


Author:
Brant
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Date Posted: 15:02:16 05/28/03 Wed
In reply to: Chris C. 's message, "Re: Lower Pitched chanters????" on 12:24:05 05/24/03 Sat

Is this just my observation, but do pipers in the lower grade bands prefer a flat pitch because that is what they are used to?

Maybe the bands John has played in had higher pitch and that is what he is used to.

I don't think anyone is right or wrong, but the upper grade players sound better then the lower grade players.

Wonder why?

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Author:
Mike Miller
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Date Posted: 20:04:09 05/28/03 Wed

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>I don't think anyone is right or wrong, but the upper
>grade players sound better then the lower grade
>players.
>
>Wonder why?


Why?

Usually because the higher grade player has better fingers, blowing, good ear, and sense of rythym. John Mitchell is one of many pipers that would sound better than me if his chanter balanced at 440 and mine was at 476 even if he played Scotland the brave at 130 bpm. So as much as John worries about flat pitch, I am sure John would agree that pitch is only one of many things. In Competition brightness dose help butdoes that mean you have to keep it climbing?

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John Mitchell
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Date Posted: 13:51:49 05/29/03 Thu

Mike, would have to agree with the other poster about pitch as proved by the St. Thomas Alumni band this weekend.

The reason that the top bands sound better is because they are higher pitched and I think that 480 is the optimum pitch for the bagpipe as it sounds much cleaner at that range.

STB at 130 BPM sounds much better at 480 too! ;-)

Lets hope the massed bands learn something else, your point on Dunsires was missed!

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