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by melagodo
Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Sharp C natural
Replies: 29
Views: 9227

Re: Sharp C natural

Just one last suggestion that occurred to me. When I started to learn the tin whistle many years ago (without instruction or a tutor book) I learned to play CNat by sliding my first finger across to half hole the B hole. I do this from time to time on my chanter and it works as a variation. Perhaps...
by melagodo
Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:34 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Sharp C natural
Replies: 29
Views: 9227

Re: Sharp C natural

Just keep experimenting - moving different sized constrictions up and down the bore until you find something that will flatten your CNat. And if you are successful, let us know how you did it. 8) I'll let you know as soon as i'll able to flatten C but not C# ;) thanks for your support, guys! Melagodo
by melagodo
Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:29 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Sharp C natural
Replies: 29
Views: 9227

Re: Sharp C natural

I guess the real question is how does that wind up harmonizing with your drone(s)? It's not an equal temperament instrument if that was what you were basing it on. Yeah, I know. And i'm not that obsessed with cents and perfect pitch (i was just trying to give you some details of my problem), just t...
by melagodo
Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Sharp C natural
Replies: 29
Views: 9227

Re: Sharp C natural

Apart from taping the holes, you can also experiment with a constriction placed on the inside of the bore - such as a small rolled up piece of paper card. I'd suggest that you try placing it between the B and A holes and see if it will flatten your CNat. Of course it may also flatten other notes to...
by melagodo
Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:39 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Sharp C natural
Replies: 29
Views: 9227

Re: Sharp C natural

I've tried all fingererings suggested in this topic and others, and also lifting the chanter. I'm aware that it's not a push&play note but i've never heard a decent cnat coming from my chanter :( As said, the only way to get a nice cnat is to half-cover the 1st hole, but since i'm not that good resu...
by melagodo
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:22 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Sharp C natural
Replies: 29
Views: 9227

Re: Sharp C natural

Thanks for your kind reply! The reed is 3 months old, but i'm really worried it's a chanter issue...back D anc c# are really good, it's just the cnat that doesn't let me sleep.. Since i'm rather new to ups, do u think a cnat key would solve my problem? Yeah, i know maybe it's too early to learn keys...
by melagodo
Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:47 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Sharp C natural
Replies: 29
Views: 9227

Re: Sharp C natural

Hi there. I've got the same problem, my cnat is really sharp, and i've tried with many reeds and fingering. The thing is that nobody seems able to achieve a decent cnat (with decent i mean playing nice with drones), not even experienced players. (i don't pkay jigs or reels yet, only slow airs, so th...
by melagodo
Mon May 16, 2011 7:22 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: New to Uillean Pipes: what about my muscles?
Replies: 8
Views: 2640

Re: New to Uillean Pipes: what about my muscles?

It sounds like your drone reeds need some work. If you are totally new to piping as you say I would second the recommendation above, to just work on the chanter for now. It will be at least a year, if not two, before you are ready for drones. You mentioned a teacher. Have them look at your drone re...
by melagodo
Mon May 16, 2011 4:24 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: New to Uillean Pipes: what about my muscles?
Replies: 8
Views: 2640

Re: New to Uillean Pipes: what about my muscles?

Yes - this is something that all bagpipe beginners get. It's due to the unusual tension in the bag arm. Here's an exercise which I still use and have found useful. Get a soccer ball that is a little flat and put it under your left arm and slowly squeeze it in and out. Start off with a small number ...
by melagodo
Mon May 16, 2011 3:05 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: New to Uillean Pipes: what about my muscles?
Replies: 8
Views: 2640

Re: New to Uillean Pipes: what about my muscles?

What part of your arm hurts? Is it an ache or a cramping feeling or something else? Does it bother you as soon as you start practicing, or does it take a bit of time? How long after you stop practicing before the arm feels normal again? Are you keeping good posture, with your neck aligned with your...
by melagodo
Sun May 15, 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: New to Uillean Pipes: what about my muscles?
Replies: 8
Views: 2640

Re: New to Uillean Pipes: what about my muscles?

Since we can't see you we can't comment on anything specific you may or may not be doing. Perhaps you need to play around with your arrangement of things to find something that works better for you, like try holding the bag higher or lower under your arm, moving the bellows around a bit to a differ...
by melagodo
Sun May 15, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: New to Uillean Pipes: what about my muscles?
Replies: 8
Views: 2640

New to Uillean Pipes: what about my muscles?

Hi there. I've started to learn this wonderful instrument 2 weeks ago, I just love it. I've got an half set and I'm doing my exercises...first thing I'm trying to learn is the bag-bellows technique. I'm doing this either with single note (working on G, A, B) or with the drones, not together. I'm try...
by melagodo
Tue May 10, 2011 9:48 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 180
Views: 126036

Re: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?

With this instrument it really is about baby steps all the way. Things that seem impossible right at the beginning become gradually easier every time you sit down and play. My advice would be don't try to look ahead - live in the moment and you will relax and enjoy the learning process more. Don't ...
by melagodo
Mon May 09, 2011 11:13 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 180
Views: 126036

Re: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?

Yes, we all go through this. The instrument sounds great when played by Liam O'Flynn, Paddy Moloney, Mick O'Brien, etc. but the first time I tried to play, it sounded woeful. Practice regularly - every day, if you can. Progress will be slow for the first couple of months, but you will improve. Yeah...
by melagodo
Mon May 09, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?
Replies: 180
Views: 126036

Re: newbies start here - New to the uilleann pipes?

Hi there. Just got my half set and was so excited to have it home. Infortunatly my enthusiasm has passed away, now my feeling is basically sadness. Can't play a D for more that 3 sec, continuos squak and so on, death grip..all right, I've been playing 3 times alone (without any suggestions from my t...