Bag pipes

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by gaited horse, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    Can anyone on BYC play them?

    I've always wanted buy a set and learn to play really bad but it seems like I have really wanted to over the past two weeks.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Grand Piper, a member here on BYC is a great resource..

    I don't know if they left an e-mail addy on here or not, but he PM'd me once. They live in West Jordan, UT.

    I think they mostly lurk on BYC.
  3. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2011
    My Own Realm!!!
    My grandfathers parents were from scotland, and grandad loved the bag pipes. i like them to, though i can understand why many people dont. they have a....lets say, interesting sound![​IMG]
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I'm going to get my fill of them this weekend when my daughter dances at the Celtic Festival down to Silver Springs.

    I like bag pipes, but two or more pipe bands within earshot playing different tunes at the same time is...
  5. frostbite

    frostbite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2011
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    You can make your own cheap imitation bagpipes. The ingredients you need follow:

    1/4 yard of plaid flannel fabric
    2 kazoos
    2 rubber chickens

    With a friend, each wrap one of the chickens in the flannel.
    Stick a kazoo in the chicken's beak. (Opposite end of the kazoo from the end you hum in.)
    Have your friend hum the drone note (one low note that they hum continually)
    You hum the melody of your favorite bagpipe ballad.

    It sounds pretty close, but looks pretty silly. Amazing Grace works well. Also Silent Night at Christmas time.

    Good luck, and enjoy the music!
  6. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    Quote:Thanks Mahonri.
  7. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2010
    Quote:This sounds like an exciting musical opportunity!

    Do you have any how too photos? [​IMG]

    I think I will need help with that blowing in to the opposite end from the Kazoo part
  8. maple

    maple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    My sister plays them and is in the local pipeband here and they compete in major competitions like Highland park in Chicago and in Wisconsin...they also play for weddings, funerals, events, schools...

    She picked it up after my father died 11 years ago and one was played at his funeral. She is now 48 years it's never too late to learn.
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I love bagpipes but it looks pretty hard to play nor do I have the lung capacity to blow. I used to play a clarinet when I was in 8th grade for a short time.

    Enjoy them! Do NOT buy those Pakistan made bagpipes, they are not made well or sound right. A set of GOOD bagpipes would set you back about $1500 or more. Naill, McCallum, Hardie, and Henderson are all good manufactors of Bagpipes. You can buy a synethic one roughly about $500. I think Gibson makes those.
  10. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 12, 2010
    get yourself a practice chantor and learn the fingering before trying to deal with a bag too. There's also a really cool electric chantor (for practice) that sounds just like bagged pipes...$$!

    If you can get in with a band, they may be able to help get you started.

    I would love to learn, but I cannot find anyone in the area to help me out.

    My DS had started playing with the glen erin band in lansing Mi, but she got busy with kids and that was the end of that (for now I hope).

    I love going to hear the mass bands at festivals... a whole football field ful of bands is quite moving.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2011

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