2nd octave problem

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Re: 2nd octave problem

Post by outofthebox » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:05 am

Seamus - try wetting your fingers. It will help give you a better feel of the holes.

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Re: 2nd octave problem

Post by Mr.Gumby » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:07 am

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Re: 2nd octave problem

Post by Otto Kraan » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:34 pm

outofthebox wrote: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 knows what wide range of cooties you might pick up if you are licking your fingers like that all the time. Yeccch!
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Re: 2nd octave problem

Post by JH1984 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:27 pm

Here's a video that may be of help to you from David Daye:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS_RQ_4a ... ature=plcp

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Re: 2nd octave problem

Post by Mr.Gumby » Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:20 am

But for god's sake don't get into this licking-your-fingers-before-you-play habit
Keeping the skin moisturised is the better solution. I know pipers who carry hand cream in their cases for that reason.
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Re: 2nd octave problem

Post by outofthebox » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:23 am

No need for any finger licking - just keep a glass of water handy.

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Re: 2nd octave problem

Post by Otto Kraan » Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:06 am

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Re: 2nd octave problem

Post by Mairtin » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:37 am

seamusg wrote:I'm in Belfast, I know my right hand fingers will eventually find the bottom two holes but right now I am not convinced that I am getting them covered properly every time. I wish the chanter hole grooves were more defined and not as smooth as they are (as it is I can't feel them). Is this the norm for chanters?
Thanks again.
Hi Seamus,

I sent you a private Message there...but I'm not sure if it got delivered to you as it's just sitting in my outbox and not showing up in my sent meassages....not sure whats up with that?

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Re: 2nd octave problem

Post by seamusg » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:42 am

Thanks Mairtín - got your message and sent you a reply. All the best!

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Re: 2nd octave problem

Post by haddockswhiskey » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:06 pm

Could it be the position of the bag?

I've found if I literally have the bag being squeezed by my elbow, I don't have as much strength compared to having the bag higher up, closer to my armpit like highland pipes, additionally I've noticed it is much easier to keep my hands relaxed if my forearms don't touch and are not engaged in either bellows or bag pumping.

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