Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 17, Page 5

Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 17, Page 5
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oughly by Anthony Baines inBagpipes, Oxford, 1973. It hasbeen noticed by the Small-Pipes-Expert Cocks under thisterm, and it is related thatFrancis O Nei ll played thisinstrument (Preface to I r i s / iFolk Music, A FascinatingHobby).Babies describes some extantspecimans, being stored in theHenry Balfour Collection in thePitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.lie describes the following fea-tures:Compass d to d plus a lowc, like the Highland chanter,being on d major with semi-tones (not c d e f, etc, butcdefsharp,etc!)Three drones, treble 23.5 cm,Bore 0.45 cmtenor 48 cm , bore 0.45bass bore 0.7 cm, three-foldthrough the stock,One four keyed, stopped regu-latorChanter 50 on long with abore similar to the Unionchanter, terminating orifice 12mm. The lower end runsout into a 17 cm foot jointwith two vent holes andterminal orifice of 1.5 cm.There are also some speci-mens on display in the BagpipeMuseum, Black Gate, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. Mr ColinRoss, the Curator of this Museum,which primarily deals withNorthumbrian Pipes, states thatthese Hybrid Pipes lack the sweet-ness of the Union Pipes andrather resemble the ScottishPipes. He also mentioned tome to take care, if an old chanteris acquired, not to get a HybridUnion chanter, which can beidentified by a too far downbored d-sharp hole, thus havingthe bottom d sharp. This ledmany pipers to open the holesto retune it. Who knows howmany chanters of this kind arcin circulationI believe that this kind ofPipe is indeed not a hybridinvention but a predecessor ofthe Union pipes. The singleregulator may be derived fromthe French musette, which hadone besides the chanter whichcan be stopped or left open bychoice: the union chanter. Thisgenial invention may belong tosome place between Northum-berland, Scotland and Ireland.The style in Ulster has beendescribed to me as almost asstrict staccato as the Northum-brian Pipes sty lc. I think itsthe region to continue the re-searches.Tom Kannrnacher,Ringen, It. GermanyFRENCH TUTOR FORUILLEANN PIPESAbout 14 or 15 tutors for theuilleann pipes have now beenproduced and the latest in theline is one from France, hand-written (in French) by MarcGuilloux of the Associationdes Sonneurs de Uillcan Pipesde France. The tutor is 24 pageslong and covers the followingtopics: scale, rhythm, notation(sol-fa used), fingering, specialnotes (C sharp, F sharp, hardD), rolls, popping and ghostD, cranning, triplets, vibratoand trills, adjustment and fittingof reeds (4 pages), and finallyhow to hold the instrumentand use the bellows.The execution of each typeof ornament is described step-by-step and exercises are pro-vided. The section on reedscovers common defects and diffi-culties in fitting them andpossible remedies are given. Thistutor obviously fills a needamongst novice French-speakinguilleann pipers and the FrenchAssociation are to be congratu-lated for their enterprise. Thetutor is sufficiently comprehen-sive and technically detailed,however, to be of use to theaccomplished player as well asthe beginner (provided s/he has asmattering of French!).RESUME OF ORNA ME N-TA TIONS AND TRIPLETS Part I (Page 13)1. E roll: performed either legatoor staccato. More useful stac-cato in upper octave2. F sharp roll: only used legato,mainly upper octave. Can becombined with popping.3. G roll: much used in bothoctaves, can be combined withpopping.4. A roll: only in legato butuseful in both octaves.5. B roll: Very useful in loweroctave, difficult in upper oc-tave.6. C sharp roll: Rare, done bysounding a C sharp in legatoand then sliding the indexfinger sideways. Possible alsoon C sharp.7. D roll: Very controversialbut numerous young playersof high reputation use itfrequently.8. Full cranning: Used by LeoRowsome. Much used andapplies to notes of .1. length.9. Incomplete cranning:Identicalto preceding except left indexfinger is omitted. Applies tonotes of length, very useful.1O.Simplified cranning Achievedby lifting successively the leftindex, the right index, andthe 2nd finger of right hand.Applies to J notes , veryuseful.iLTriplet ACA: Probably themost frequently used of alltriplets, lower octave.12.Triplet BCE: Much used inlower octave.JaTriplet EFsharpE: Muchused in upper octave.l4 Triplet FsharpGFsharp: Muchused in both octaves.15.Triplet GFE: Much used inboth octaves.Karl PartridgeS
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