Monthly Archives: November 2013

Pre-Competition Recordings and Results

My one competition of the year was last weekend. The week prior I made recordings of probably sets I would play. They are below. My piob ended up being Flame (thank goodness!) and my march was Major Manson’s Farewell to Clachantrushal instead of the two below. 6/8 was Angus.

Comments from all 3 judges I played for (Bob Richardson, Ian K. MacDonald, and Patrick Regan) were very helpful. Patrick even listened to my Piobaireachd from the other side of the field and offered some helpful comments (hopefully not to the detriment of who might have been playing in front of him at the time). Crunluaths, Hiharins, and pointing in 6/8s at the end of parts and before big embellishments like taorluaths all need a little work.

I don’t have any recordings of the actual contest. I got 1st in MSR and 6/8, 2nd in HJ, and dead last in Piob (which is no surprise since I resumed playing Flame and learned Battle 1.5 weeks prior to the contest).

Angus MacKinnon and Leaving Port Askaig

Newmarket House and Rakes of Kildare

Rossshire Volunteers, Susan MacLeod, Lochiel’s Awa’ to France, and Miss Proud

Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque

Flame of Wrath for Squinting Patrick

Battle of the Pass of Crieff

RJM chanter with a Troy McAllister reed

We’ve got a vlog today! All the tape is off of the RJM chanterĀ (except E and high G) and here is some lame playing to prove it.

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RJM solo blackwood chanter, tape only on E and high G, tuning spot on at 480 Hz with a day old Troy McAllister chanter reed that was artificially broke in with a bit of spit and a little squeeze at the tips to ease the reed and even less around the sound box to bring the pitch of the middle notes (C# and F#) up a tad.

Roddy MacLeod (designer of the chanter) uses Troy McAllister reeds personally so I figured what better reed is there to get the most out of the RJM chanter?
Brown Haired Maiden
Rossshire Volunteers
Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque
Drone retuning as the chanter pitch went up a little or the drone reeds went flat a little, one of the two
?????? Bridge
Flame of Wrath for Squinting Patrick (memorized last week)

MP3s of the sets played in the YouTube video:

Brown Haired Maiden, Rossshire Volunteers, and Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque

Kalabakan, Crooked Bridge, and Flame of Wrath for Squinting Patrick