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musicalchemist

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I'm a major fan of Celtic music, and I have fallen in love with the sound of the Uillean Pipes. They have a much more subtle sound (that's honestly, the best way I can describe it). It has such a distinguished timbre that sets it apart from so many other instruments and is core instrument for any Celtic music. Now despite my ancestry being Scottish, and the Uillean pipes being of Irish make, I find their sound to be superior to the Highland pipes. I'd love a set of Rosewood pipes to play on. Any other Celtic music fans on the forums that love this instrument? Any arguments in favor of the Highland pipes over Uillean pipes?
 

kevgermany

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There are also the scottish smallpipes, northumbrian smallpipes.... And many other types of bagpipe to consider. GHB are loud, aggressive, for leading people into battle. And they have the most presence. Uillean pipes are lovely, but so are many of the others.
 

old git

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Just to add to the confusion, Egypt has its bagpipes too.

BTW:-Not sure if they are an all-Celtic instrument, not normally used in the UK Brythonic sector.
 

aldevis

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I am sure that someone already warned you about the mental risks involved in posting on this forum.

 
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Clivey

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Hi

No arguments as such, but Have you bought a chanter yet? I had a notion many moons ago to try some sort of piping and I have to say I bought a practice chanter and that put an end to the notion.

In my case already dabbling with about 8 woodwinds, the chanter /pipes just took it too far. Fiddly cross fingering and lack of semitones . "I don`t think you can " half hole" as you can with the Whistles and keyless Flutes".

The concealed double reed held no further attraction after this experience .

I suppose all the rest of the double reed instruments still hold a bit of an attraction over me .But I have not been able to venture down that cobbled road simply as a result of hem being so expensive to buy.
 
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aldevis

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In my case already dabbling with about 8 woodwinds, the chanter /pipes just took it too far. Fiddly cross fingering and lack of semitones . "I don`t think you can " half hole" as you can with the Whistles and keyless Flutes".

I have the same halfhole feeling when I think of picking up my tin whistle again.

be pragmatic: play chromatic
 

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The Highland war pipes are what they say on the tin - for leading people into battle. I quite like them - in the right context! For making music, I think the Uillean and Northumbrian pipes are more attractive (there are different types of pipes all over the place such as the musette etc). This link is to some photos on an early music summer school - which includes some Northumbrian pipes from the folk music evening /Ceildh
 

John Laughter

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I played the Highland Pipes from the 60's through the 90's with several bands in Florida and Georgia and toured Scotland twice with a band from Dunedin. Many good memories. Fantastic instrument.

Back to the sax full time now with little time to play the pipes these days. Maybe again one day. I always likes the Uillean Pipes. A lot of good music has been written for them!
 

Nick Wyver

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I played the Highland Pipes from the 60's through the 90's with several bands in Florida and Georgia and toured Scotland twice with a band from Dunedin. Many good memories. Fantastic instrument.

Back to the sax full time now with little time to play the pipes these days. Maybe again one day. I always likes the Uillean Pipes. A lot of good music has been written for them!

Blimey- I never pictured you as a piper. :thumb:

I've never played Highland or Uillean pipes (although I do have a half finished set of Irish pipes - copy of 19thC ones - which I may get round to finishing one day). I used to play border pipes in a ceilidh band and still have a self made set. Love the sound of pipes - any sort.
 

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Just love the German word for Bagpipes "Dudelsack". I wonder if they say Ellenbogendudelsack for Uillean pipes...Kev?
 

kevgermany

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Just love the German word for Bagpipes "Dudelsack". I wonder if they say Ellenbogendudelsack for Uillean pipes...Kev?

Nah, just Dudelsack. And there are the different local types. Bock, Hümmelchen (Bumblebee.....), Scäferpfeife. You'll get some idea from this guy's site: http://www.bagpipesonoda.eu/

Somewhat incongruous - a Japanese gentleman making traditional german pipes just outside Munich.
 

John Laughter

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Blimey- I never pictured you as a piper.

Hey Nick. Yes that is another side of my enjoyment of music. However, I got a little too serious about band and solo competition at one point. Don't want to do that again :(

We (City of Dunedin PB) met the 2nd Batt Scots Guards (P/M Ingram) on our first trip to Redford Barracks in the 70's and spent the day with them having piping, dancing and drum workshops. I eventually moved from Tampa to Atlanta for a teaching job and joined the Atlanta PB which was, and still is, doing real well.

I still attend the Atlanta games and am hearing more pipes in a "rock style" setting. Interesting. One of my x-students (Neil Anderson of the old Tampa PB) plays with a band that attends a lot of SE games. They are popular and play a lot of rock style music with pipes.

However, I still like the traditional style of band and solo work.

If there was a good band in the Macon area I would probably get back to it but for now I am going to have fun with my rock & roll!
 

John Laughter

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kevgermany, thanks for the post. That is the style that Neil is into. Great crowd response.

Jules, I do like the Uillean clip. It has been a while since I have checked into the piping world to see what is going on. I need to get updated : )
 

Jules

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kevgermany, thanks for the post. That is the style that Neil is into. Great crowd response.

Jules, I do like the Uillean clip. It has been a while since I have checked into the piping world to see what is going on. I need to get updated : )
Anything by Davey Spillane's well worth checking out, and by his previous band- Moving Hearts- who feature some nice soprano sax, Uillean Pipes interplay
 
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