1987 World Pipe Band Championships – II

May 28, 2007 on 4:36 pm by Michael Grey | In Pipe Bands, Video | 5 Comments

This is the second video in the set. This time the march, strathspey and reel, ‘Brig. Ronald Cheape of Tiroran’, ‘Blair Drummond’ and ‘Charlie’s Welcome’.

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1987 World Pipe Band Championships – I

May 28, 2007 on 9:37 am by Michael Grey | In Pipe Bands, Video | Comments Off

You can learn a lot from the old tapes, the old recordings. You can hear what’s changed and what hasn’t. The sound of bands has come a way in 20 years. The size of bands, too (this band: 11 pipers, 6 snares, 2 tenor drums and bass).

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A Great Bass Drummer

May 19, 2007 on 7:12 pm by Michael Grey | In Photographs, Pipe Bands | 2 Comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about the current phenomenon of what is now called the “mid section”. More later.
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Learn (Some) Gaelic

May 17, 2007 on 8:10 pm by Michael Grey | In Tips | 3 Comments

Things (and people) Gaelic have always interested me. I’ve had a sense of (or is that for?) “Gaelicness” as long as I can remember. My dad’s mum, Margaret McBain came from Creagorry, a small place in Benbecula – also a small place in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. She was a great lady and a real favourite of mine. She would be the one who quietly slipped a fiver in my hand (one she really couldn’t spare) with a whispered, “don’t tell your father”. Who wouldn’t love that?
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The Inner Game of Inner Games

May 15, 2007 on 7:58 pm by Michael Grey | In Tips | 2 Comments

I’ve always held that piping, especially solo piping, is one huge massive headgame – played often by those of us with huge massive heads.
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May 14, 2007 on 11:02 am by Michael Grey | In Music | Comments Off

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The Secret to Never Missing Technique

May 9, 2007 on 9:42 pm by Michael Grey | In Technique | 9 Comments

So, when it comes to bagpipe music, it’s “all technique all the time”.  With nine notes, no rests, no sharps, no flats, no dynamics, technique is pretty much all we have to create rhythm.  We’re not so big on understated embellishments.    

OK.  So the secret to reliable technique: first, it’s a given that you practice hard.
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Dating Your Silver Pipes

May 2, 2007 on 8:35 pm by Michael Grey | In Tips | Comments Off

That’s “dating” as in determing their age (anything else is just wierd!).  Anyway, there are loads of ways of figuring out the age of your pipes.  Some modern makers make it really easy and stamp the date of manufacture on a small area of the instrument.  But, really, it is the old, antique pipes where there’s as much art as science in the process of assessing age.
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