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by Otto Kraan
Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Back D 'treble, roll or cran' and OAIM pipe tuition
Replies: 8
Views: 1963

Re: Back D 'treble, roll or cran' and OAIM pipe tuition

Many players swipe their back Ds so much that they are unable to perform nice, staccato "lift" Ds :evil: . Actually, that was me, a few years back :oops: . Using d-e-d triplets broke me of my swipe-only Ds.
by Otto Kraan
Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Taylor style flat keys vs teardrop keys?
Replies: 5
Views: 2435

Re: Taylor style flat keys vs teardrop keys?

Prefer Taylor: the keys provide greater surface area which is helpful if you play cross chords on the regs, as well as free-hand playing on them.

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by Otto Kraan
Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Bass regulator - to fold or not to fold....
Replies: 8
Views: 3057

Re: Bass regulator - to fold or not to fold....

I've never been able to effectively play a set with a straight bass reg bar. Never.

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by Otto Kraan
Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Help with deathgrip issue
Replies: 9
Views: 4660

Re: Help with deathgrip issue

It seems unrelated to what your hands are doing, but try this: sit back in your chair, straighten your back, and look at the ceiling while you play. Do this for extended periods. Often with death grip, or any other overly-intense aspect of piping, the afflicted piper's body can be seen curled and fo...
by Otto Kraan
Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Upload your tunes!
Replies: 210
Views: 135353

Re: Upload your tunes!

I too am waxing Rowsomey these days. Here are one/two tunes to suit different moods.
by Otto Kraan
Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:57 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: On Blu Tack
Replies: 6
Views: 2293

Re: On Blu Tack

Those pipe makers think of everything!

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by Otto Kraan
Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:38 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: On Blu Tack
Replies: 6
Views: 2293

On Blu Tack

An often-recommended fix for a multitude of UP ills [sic] is Blu Tack . This term has become fairly generic at this point (e.g., kleenex), with almost any poster adhesive given the name. But it has been my experience that "blue tack" sold in N. America is significantly more sticky/tacky than its Eur...
by Otto Kraan
Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: 2nd octave problem
Replies: 24
Views: 7052

Re: 2nd octave problem

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by Otto Kraan
Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: 2nd octave problem
Replies: 24
Views: 7052

Re: 2nd octave problem

Seamus - try wetting your fingers. It will help give you a better feel of the holes. But for god's sake don't get into this licking-your-fingers-before-you-play habit. I've seen pipers do this because yes, it helps you feel the holes, but it actually causes your skin to dry out even more! And who k...
by Otto Kraan
Fri May 25, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Sharp High E
Replies: 16
Views: 5293

Re: Sharp High E

Try rushing the staple with a thin wire (such an arched, or a j-shaped, piece of copper wire). For some reeds this can bring the octaves closer together. But it will probably flatten the scale over all, so you may have to insert the reed farther into the chanter.

My two bits,
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by Otto Kraan
Wed May 23, 2012 8:46 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Triplet Exercises????
Replies: 5
Views: 2592

Re: Triplet Exercises????

Not to put too fine a point on it, but,I find my triplets (and other movements for that matter) come off better when the finger motion is powered/controlled at the metocarpophalangeal joint (first knuckle) and much less so by the other finger joints (interphalangeals). This gives a certain floppy fe...
by Otto Kraan
Wed May 23, 2012 8:36 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: piper Harry Bradley: exclusive North American engagement
Replies: 0
Views: 922

piper Harry Bradley: exclusive North American engagement

Uilleann piper (he also plays flute :D), and teacher Harry Bradley will be making a rare North American appearance this June 14-17th at the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota. By now I would hope that you all are aware of his brilliant The Errant Elbow blog in which he features cla...
by Otto Kraan
Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: MIM weekend:guest piper Harry Bradley
Replies: 0
Views: 1138

MIM weekend:guest piper Harry Bradley

A new event, The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend will be held June 15-17, in St. Paul, Minnesota USA. This unique festival is presented by the Center for Irish Music (in collaboration with the Great Northern Irish Pipers' Club) and pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with youth ...
by Otto Kraan
Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Bag neck length ??? (newbie)
Replies: 29
Views: 6842

Re: Bag neck length ??? (newbie)

...And to think that I almost bought a set of pipes from these people!

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by Otto Kraan
Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Bag neck length ??? (newbie)
Replies: 29
Views: 6842

Re: Bag neck length ??? (newbie)

It is not unusual to see a beginner holding the chanter practically against the torso, so that said beginner can look down the front of the chanter when placing fingers over holes.
Don't do that.

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