New to the pipes- Practice set?

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Ute
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New to the pipes- Practice set?

Post by Ute » Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:43 pm

Hello,

I have been taking Uilleann pipe lessons now for a few months. I have been learning on the pennywhistle, which has been fine. I have the fingering down pretty well now and can play quite a few tunes with ornamentations. I feel that I need to invest in a practice set to start learning how to pump the bellows, bag control and posture. I know that I don't need a state-of-the-art practice set, but I want to get one that is quality and playable. Does anybody have any suggestions of where I might find a good set? I live in Utah, USA (if anyone knows of a maker who lives close, please let me know; I haven't found any). Thanks, I look forward to any replies.

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Re: New to the pipes- Practice set?

Post by Mr.Gumby » Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:07 am

Learning the whistle helps you get a handle on music, it helps you to move your fingers at will. It is not really a great help getting a handle on playing the pipes or even how to play the notes on a chanter, which are quite a different kettle of fish.

One would suggest budget sets by Pat Sky or Dave Daye in your case I suppose. Alternatively there's the second hand market. Like here


Dry place Utah. Not great for reeds. There's club there, you may want to contact them for guidance. Here.
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Re: New to the pipes- Practice set?

Post by JH1984 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:46 pm

I got a David Daye half set and have really liked it so far. Dave uses brass and delrin construction, so it's affordable but yet the tone and intonation are quite good. I think it's a great way to see if the pipes are really for you, and then you can always upgrade down the road (i.e. a new chanter). Dave is out of Ohio and his website is www.daye1.com. Hope this helps!

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Re: New to the pipes- Practice set?

Post by Ute » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:37 pm

Thanks for the suggestions! I was getting info on a David Daye set, but last week my teacher brought in a practice set that he has and is letting me borrow it. It is an older set (from the 70's, he says) and I think it is a pretty good one. Sometimes I have an easy time playing up and down the 1st octave scale, and sometimes is difficult to get out a note! And I usually have to squeeze the bag pretty hard to get in to the 2nd octave (I've only been able to play up to the 2nd G), but I am sure that is all because of my lack of experience, and it will get better as I practice. I am very excited to continue learning the Uilleann pipes! Thanks again for suggestions!
If anyone has any advice for a beginner on anything, let me know! Thanks again!

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Re: New to the pipes- Practice set?

Post by djm » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:06 am

Ute wrote:If anyone has any advice for a beginner on anything, let me know!
Run! Run away! Before any permanent damage is done!

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Re: New to the pipes- Practice set?

Post by Ute » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:27 pm

Hahaha! I can't run from the call of the pipes!

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Re: New to the pipes- Practice set?

Post by outofthebox » Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:17 am

Hi Ute - Take it easy - better control will come with a little practice every day. Don't try to play whole tunes straight away - just work on phrases moving up and down the scale and with time and patience your chanter will begin to sing for you. All in good time 8)

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