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by Mr.Gumby
Fri Feb 23, 2024 7:03 am
Forum: Flute Forum
Topic: Does an easy-to-play flute lead to a lazy or poorly developed embouchure?
Replies: 15
Views: 553

Re: Does an easy-to-play flute lead to a lazy or poorly developed embouchure?

I don't disagree but defining an 'easy to play' instrument can be tricky. During my early days on these forums there were heated discussions about 'unplayable' whistles. Relative beginners were, and are, protesting certain whistles tend to squeak. And they do, if you lack the breath control. But it ...
by Mr.Gumby
Sun Feb 18, 2024 3:50 am
Forum: Flute Forum
Topic: Name that flute player
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: Name that flute player

I had been weighing 'possibles' but initially ruled him out on age grounds. He was fourteen in 1975.. :tomato:
by Mr.Gumby
Fri Feb 16, 2024 10:19 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: B Whistle
Replies: 6
Views: 362

Re: B Whistle

I'd stay away from pipers with flat sets if I were you.
Oy! :really:
by Mr.Gumby
Fri Feb 16, 2024 9:40 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: B Whistle
Replies: 6
Views: 362

Re: B Whistle

It's great for playing in B and anything related. Obviously. Like some pipers and fiddlers do.

This sort of thing

But its usefulness depends on the music you prefer and the company you keep. :P
by Mr.Gumby
Wed Feb 14, 2024 3:15 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: More vintage for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Re: More vintage for sale

More vintage! Seems quite lucrative what with those old 29 cent circa 1900 models going for $100 and up. I wonder if that stuff is actually selling. People have been trying it on, looking for silly money, for years but who buys at that sort of prices? That said, at those rates I have a dozen or two...
by Mr.Gumby
Sun Feb 11, 2024 5:37 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Styles of Playing
Replies: 19
Views: 3224

Re: Styles of Playing

I was out last night and heard some lovely music. I sometimes pull out the phone and make a few quick recordings when that happens. Here's one that does not follow modern teaching but has deep roots. Gorgeous stuff. Comments anyone? Slieve Gallen Brae/Caisleann an Oir / St Bridget's Day I'll leave t...
by Mr.Gumby
Fri Feb 09, 2024 6:17 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Styles of Playing
Replies: 19
Views: 3224

Re: Styles of Playing

If “regional styles” existed , it should be possible to assign the player to the place of origin. In all fairness, not all areas are associated with a strong local style and most areas that are, aren't represented in that selection. I believe that, broadly speaking, there were/are some recognisable...
by Mr.Gumby
Wed Feb 07, 2024 5:06 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Styles of Playing
Replies: 19
Views: 3224

Re: Styles of Playing

Tonguing is much more sparse than the post-Feadoga Stain style. The more legato style hasn't disappeared yet though. I live in an area where a more flowing style is pretty much alive, partly due to a neighbour of mine who has taught hundreds. I must say I was struck by the degree of tonguing/glotta...
by Mr.Gumby
Tue Feb 06, 2024 6:02 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Styles of Playing
Replies: 19
Views: 3224

Re: Styles of Playing

I was thinking about that sort of thing after reading the thread on the session. Have a look at the players linked on the Sean O Riada Gold medal thread l posted last week. All thoroughly contemporary styles, very different from what was around perhaps twenty years ago (and before, obviously). All a...
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Feb 05, 2024 10:32 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: A New Instrument... the Pianoflute! (Anyone want to make it?)
Replies: 35
Views: 1252

Re: A New Instrument... the Pianoflute! (Anyone want to make it?)

You could ofcourse go wild and make a separate flute for each note..

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by Mr.Gumby
Thu Feb 01, 2024 4:48 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipe forum
Topic: Proper Tempo for Dance Tunes
Replies: 12
Views: 767

Re: Proper Tempo for Dance Tunes

... correct speeds (in his opinion)... What he gave was more descriptive than prosciptive, based on the thoughts of the musicians he consulted. Guidelines for common and comfortable speeds, with the caveat that for sets and half sets a great variety of speeds would be encountered. He gives slip jig...
by Mr.Gumby
Tue Jan 30, 2024 1:12 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Seán Ó Riada Gold medal 2024
Replies: 0
Views: 732

Seán Ó Riada Gold medal 2024

I am not one to follow competitions and all that but I'll post this item anyway. For one this competition was won this year by a fine young whistle (and concertia) player, Éimhear Flannery. But mostly because the link below includes a recording of the competition (on Peadar Ó Riada's radio programme...
by Mr.Gumby
Tue Jan 30, 2024 8:40 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Becker whistles
Replies: 14
Views: 1136

Re: Becker whistles

Not sure what you mean by this. No idea why you think I'd assume that experienced players are or are not likely to try these whistles. Experienced players use whistles of all kinds, including very cheap ones and ones sold on all sorts of different websites. I really don't get your point. During my ...
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Jan 29, 2024 11:20 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Becker whistles
Replies: 14
Views: 1136

Re: Becker whistles

Anyway, someone on Reddit said that Becker apparently retired last year. So it looks like I probably can't buy one from him anyway. :( Did you read my post at all, I wonder. Or the website, for that matter. (Hint: see the quote from the website in my post). I also know that many people on here are ...