Monthly Archives: September 2013

Henderson’s with Atherton MacDougall spec Rocket drone reeds

Here’s my 1950’s Hendersons with the Atherton MacDougall spec Rocket drone reeds. Hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoy playing them, way better than with what I’ve been calling Naill spec Rocket drone reeds that look eerily similar to what someone else claimed to have D. MacPherson spec….maybe they’re the same/similar? Anyone else out there have Rockets with an 8 written on the fiber glass bass and little dots on the tenors, and that’s it?

Patrick McLaurin (by Jack Williamson) – Jack named this nice 4 part 9/8 march after me, thanks Jack!

Mrs. Duncan MacFadyen (by Donald MacLeod) – played it kinda slow, but it’s a nice tune

John MacMillan of Barra (with roll off count) – this belongs in the previous post by I slowed waaaayyyyy down so, ya know, not very useful for drummers

Calista Anne McLaurin, Kitty O’Shea’s, and Mason’s Apron – all these recordings were with the Adrian Melvin reed that I’ve boogered up just a little as the blades are now a little off center after all my wetting and squeezing, but it being a ridge cut reed I figured I’d show you, considering that the post 2 down from this one deals with accidentals in pipe music, this recording is an excellent example of how ridge cut reeds don’t play accidentals that well. Can you tell I’m trying the 2nd time through Kitty O’Shea’s? Also shows the reed is a little unstable due to the offset blades as at the end the drones are more out of tune as the low A isn’t being blown out (blown in tune).

For the drummers, does this help?

I’ve been thinking about more ways I might contribute to the greater piping (and drumming) community. How useful would a repository of recorded tunes (with rolloff count) be to drummers? I’m not the best player in the world but I’m not THAT terrible. Surely others could contribute also. Record the tunes and post them to a website (this one?) for people to download, like drummers, who could then play along without having to have a piper on retainer. Would that be useful?

Concerning the recordings, I’d have to:

1. get some earplugs going with a metronome ticking away.

2. remember to count the roll off

3. not totally suck

4. perhaps focus the recordings more on the chanter and less on the drones (I’ve been doing it the other way around because drone reeds is a big focus of my blog)

5. play at a tempo useful to drummers (I’m a soloist, our band has no drummers)

6. actually play tunes drummers use in competition

7. what else…..?

All free of course. This post is all about realizing all these things based on my first few attempts at a collection of 2/4 marches where I at least added the roll off count to the beginning, but that’s about it. Tempos probably change a bit (a lot). Any drummers out there care to comment? Thanks!

Here’s my first shot at a bunch of tunes that I sort of know to maybe help somebody:

Angus Campbell’s Farewell to Stirling

Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque

Balmoral Highlanders

Cowal Gathering

Highland Wedding

Mrs. Duncan MacFadyen

The Clan MacColl