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Post by stormy on Tue 4 Nov - 1:47:57

A read through this may help.....
http://www.pipingconnections.org/banter-bar-f9/it-s-a-funny-old-world-t1177.htm

It's very difficult to tell Mrs Stormy where to go at times and when she has dancers performing at George Square, Glasgow on St. Andrews Night and is looking for a piper what do I do?????

A new Troy reed has been inserted into the Sinclair chanter and I'm struggling to keep the animal going without a "choke"!!!!!!!! I think it has something to do with age and lack of practice!!
The pipes are in better nick than me!

I'll keep you informed of my progress.
Anyone got a copy of the "scale" I could use to refresh my memory?? laughing laughing laughing

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Post by Piper06 on Tue 4 Nov - 2:08:31

Stormy remember most tunes have too many notes anyway, so just play the ones you like. It will be easier then. Also the drones make a very nice note that will give you a break. laughing laughing laughing laughing laughing

"Scale", isn't that what I stepped on this morning to tell me I eat too much? laughing

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Post by stormy on Sat 15 Nov - 2:35:21

Pipes are sounding better than they have for a year or so.
"Hard" strength Troy reed in my Sinclair and a wee bit of sanding, licking and squeezing and tonight they are finally coming together.
Bloody hard work but hopefully worth the effort.
Been playing for about 20 - 30 mins. twice a week.

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Post by Piping Connections on Sat 15 Nov - 13:07:36

Brilliant news John
Good to hear it Pint

Ille send the map tunes over to you and bring your uniform through the night before the worlds !!!! laughing laughing laughing
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Post by True_Blue_Piper on Sat 15 Nov - 13:32:44

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Post by Redneck on Sat 15 Nov - 14:37:41

Piping Connections wrote:Brilliant news John
Good to hear it Pint

Ille send the map tunes over to you and bring your uniform through the night before the worlds !!!! laughing laughing laughing

Not a bad idea.

John m8, wi all the spare time on yer hands ya could dae worse, be like me, do another Mohammad Ali.............make a come back.

THINKA THE BEERTENT........some craic.
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Post by Robbie.Crow on Sat 15 Nov - 16:48:39

aye.. but also remember that denny is less driving miles .. and we have 2 bands! big grin
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Post by KatieMc on Sat 15 Nov - 18:15:22

Yeah, but is your P/M as wonderful as the one over at the Pans?? big grin

Great news, Mr. Stormy, I am so proud of you! You are an inspiration to me. hug
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Post by Piper06 on Sat 15 Nov - 19:16:09

Way to go John. Sounds like it is all coming back to you. piper

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Post by stormy on Thu 20 Nov - 23:40:57

Pipes are now sounding pretty damn good.
A wee lick and squeeze of the reed and I'm away.
Actually beginning to enjoy masel'.

If anyone comes acrosss
a set of nimble fingers on e-bay could you let me know please!!!

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Post by Redneck on Fri 21 Nov - 0:24:22

They'll come back sooner than ya think m8, after any break mine are like Ruby's heid.....thick as fook.
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Post by stormy on Tue 2 Dec - 22:16:29

The gig was on Sunday night at George Square.
The temperature was approx minus 3 degrees!!
Played the Fling, Swords, S/Trews and Reel.
You could see the breath from the dancers as they danced, it was friggin freezin!!!!!

Quite a few screeches and skirls from myself but I put it down to the cold.
Apart from that the pipes were not bad sounding and at least I've got a bit of confidence back.
I went into the wrong tune at one point (as you do!) and the dancers just carried on as if nothing had happened. Professionals to the end.
Great big cheer from the massive crowd at the end. They were obviously entertained and at the end of the day that's what it's all about.

Nothing at all gig wise in the pipeline but I will keep them going.

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Post by Gordy88 on Wed 3 Dec - 0:24:42

stormy wrote:Pipes are now sounding pretty damn good.
A wee lick and squeeze of the reed and I'm away.
Actually beginning to enjoy masel'.

If anyone comes acrosss
a set of nimble fingers on e-bay could you let me know please!!!

Good news indeed mate,

Regarding fingers, I look at the music, and then decide what i'm going to leave out!!

Works for me, but eventually i'm not going to get away with only playing 'G' grace notes

Tell me,

Did you go for the plastic bag and reeds in the end?

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Post by stormy on Wed 3 Dec - 1:48:00

Gordy88 wrote:Did you go for the plastic bag and reeds in the end?

Since I left the SPPB in 1994 I've played a Goretex bag (not a zipped type) and Eezeedrone reeds. Never had any problems once I got used to the set up and feel for the bag.

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Post by mrs stormy on Wed 3 Dec - 14:17:08

Stormy was great on Sunday night. George Square was" jumping" on Sunday. He overcame the freezing cold and his lack of confidence and did a brilliant job. Really proud of him. Santa - Christmas snowflake

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Post by Piping Connections on Wed 3 Dec - 14:33:29

mrs stormy wrote:Stormy was great on Sunday night. George Square was" jumping" on Sunday. He overcame the freezing cold and his lack of confidence and did a brilliant job. Really proud of him. Santa - Christmas snowflake


Well done Stormy , difficult conditions to play in brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

how did he do with the pigeons though ??
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Post by KatieMc on Wed 3 Dec - 16:24:49

mrs stormy wrote:Stormy was great on Sunday night. George Square was" jumping" on Sunday. He overcame the freezing cold and his lack of confidence and did a brilliant job. Really proud of him. Santa - Christmas snowflake

Thank you for the report, Mrs. Stormy!! And congratulations Mr. Stormy! I am very proud of you for getting back into piping. I know I've said it before, but you are an inspiration to me!! hug
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Post by stormy on Wed 3 Dec - 20:55:11

mrs stormy wrote:Stormy was great on Sunday night. George Square was" jumping" on Sunday. He overcame the freezing cold and his lack of confidence and did a brilliant job. Really proud of him.

You never told me about this post you sneaky thing!!!!! hug

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Post by stormy on Wed 3 Dec - 20:56:57

KatieMc wrote:I know I've said it before, but you are an inspiration to me!!

Willing to help you out with "How to drink at the beer tent" anytime!!! laughing laughing laughing

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Post by stormy on Wed 3 Dec - 20:59:00

Piping Connections wrote:.....how did he do with the pigeons though ??

They heard ma drones then scarpered!!!!! lol!

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Post by Redneck on Wed 3 Dec - 22:36:29

Glad to hear it went well m8, our wee chat help any?, am thinkin' maybe a wee year out wi Richards band wid cap yer return fer sure. Pint
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Post by stormy on Fri 5 Dec - 1:50:54

Redneck wrote:Glad to hear it went well m8, our wee chat help any?, am thinkin' maybe a wee year out wi Richards band wid cap yer return fer sure.

I was invited to attend a local bands practice nights when I was at George Square.
Unfortunately my band days are over and I'm happier just playing myself.

Yer wee chat and pm's did help and I fully intend to keep playing. Maybe next summer
will see some weddings with a decent piper. (I'll pass any enquiries onto you!!! laughing )

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Post by Redneck on Fri 5 Dec - 21:48:39

stormy wrote: I'm happier just playing myself.

Jeeze, a just re-read this bit.......... Embarassed Embarassed , a thought yid left a wee word out..........."with". Razz Razz laughing

Cheers m8, anytime. Glad to have been of help. Pint
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Post by Gordy88 on Sat 6 Dec - 21:25:26

Redneck wrote:
stormy wrote: I'm happier just playing myself.

Jeeze, a just re-read this bit.......... Embarassed Embarassed , a thought yid left a wee word out..........."with". Razz Razz laughing

Cheers m8, anytime. Glad to have been of help. Pint


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Post by Redneck on Sat 6 Dec - 21:32:38

Ya like that yin Gordy.............. laughing , one a ma better snipes. Twisted Evil
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