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 Post subject: Tune a Day series
PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:32 pm 
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Hi Folks,

I've got some exciting news: starting today and every day until December 3rd, I'll be recording a video of myself playing a tune and posting it to my Youtube channel. It'll mostly be me on the complex border pipes I play, although I'll occasionally be doing a bit of flute and whistle as well. I may even be joined by a friend from time to time. The tunes will be mostly from Scotland and Cape Breton, although a bit of music from Donegal might sneak in as well.

Today's tune is Miss Girdle, and you can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeI6ib8tDI4

Why am I doing this? Well, aside from my love of the music and my natural inclination to share it, I'm recording an album this winter. I've just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance it, and I'm trying to get as much as I can of myself playing out there to give folks a taster of what's in store. Over at the Kickstarter page, you can check out a video about the album and preorder a copy, amongst other things. You can find the Kickstarter page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/67 ... unny-hills

The pipes I'm playing on are what I've been calling the "complex border pipes", which are based on more typical border pipe designs but with a few extensions added. The drones feature a contrabass in addition to the usual tenor and bass, and I also use an alto and a baritone that can tune to E or D. The chanter has six keys, which allow me to play nearly two full octaves and to play staccato when the chanter is on the leg. However, at its heart the instrument is still based on the nine-note Scottish chanter, and I'm moving my fingers in more or less the same way I was when I was first learning to play these things at age ten.

Anyways, I'll keep this space updated as new tunes come out, and do get in touch with any questions.

Thanks,
Will Woodson

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:51 pm 
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Cool. Love Nate Banton's pipe designs, and your playing is always worth a listen. Cheers!


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 Post subject: Re: Tune a Day series
PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 2:32 pm 
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Thanks! Here's day 2, The Hills of Glen Orchy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs45F4x ... e=youtu.be

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 2:49 pm 
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Very nice, Will. I'd only suggest that the Tune a Day doesn't need to be a Post a Day on the Chiff. A once-a-week reminder throughout the month should suffice, no? - Mod

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:00 pm 
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With the extended range, low bass drone and ability to play stacatto, it's darn nearly an uilleann pipe, but louder. Are regulators next? I like it!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:54 pm 
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My chanter actually tends to play a bit quieter compared to most of the concert pitch sets of uilleann pipes I've heard, Ted--our chanter bores are far narrower than most border pipes, and when you put that on the knee it gets quieter yet. And yeah, I suppose we're pretty close to the uilleann pipes in terms of range and capability, although I think that the sound and expression is still quite Scottish in character. Of course, the fingering on the chanter is more or less the Scottish system as well.

And heard loud and clear, MTGuru. I'll edit in to my original post a link to the playlist I'll be creating for the entire series and quiet things down a bit. Thanks!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:30 am 
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Will Woodson wrote:
And heard loud and clear, MTGuru. I'll edit in to my original post a link to the playlist I'll be creating for the entire series and quiet things down a bit. Thanks!

Sounds good, Will. If you need help inserting the playlist, just let us know. And good luck with your project!

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I've created a playlist on Youtube for the Tune a Day series, where you can find the tunes I've been adding. Recently there's been a bit of flute and a familiar piping march. I'll continue adding my new tunes there, so can subscribe to me on Youtube to keep up to date. The link is here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... -oM1d1AUYc

In other news, I'll be playing a live streaming concert on Concert Window this Thursday at 7 pm Eastern with guitarist Eric McDonald. It's pay what you want, so if you're interested in seeing a bit more, put it in your calendar. You can watch it anywhere you have internet access, so check it out: https://www.concertwindow.com/shows/105 ... unny-hills

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There's now 20 tunes in the series, with 6 or so to come before the end of the campaign. A lot of the newest tunes show off the chanter quite a bit, if that's of interest at all. Here's the most recent, my own twisted setting of The Kitchen Maid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jKh8mg ... c&index=20

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