First Day With Ulleann Pipes
Thanks to the Evil Genius that is the Webgoblin Danguy, we have my first ever Bagpipe Recording! My task this week is to play One Note, and hold it. I managed it this morning, once, when we recoded it, then spent most of the rest of the day sadly trying to do it again.
My favorite quote I found, hunting around on the web for HELP was " It IS doable. You just have to concentrate and relax."
And that was by far the most optimistic opinion.
Relax. Right. Your left arm and right are doing different things, with the thing strapped to your body in several places, and your fingers, which you can't SEE, and doing yet more things. Whose idea WAS this? I mean, how did they ever get invented? By some one who had a few too many pints of cider, if you ask me.
It reminds me of a story...I was sitting in a pub one night and a man came in with an Octopus, and they sat down at the bar. After drinking for some time, the man said to the Bartender "Say, I'll bet you my bar tab that my Octopus can play any instrument you have here, if I lose, I'll tip you the price of the tab"
The bartender thought this a great idea, and said to go for it.
He brought out a trombone, and the Octopus played it, and well! He got out a drum set and the Octopus played the heck out of it, using all eight legs! It was truly amazing, the thing had rhythm.....
The bartender started looking a little worried, then got a sly look on his face, and went to the backroom, and brought out a set of Bagpipes.
The Octopus took them, and out came the most hideous noises EVER. It was horrible, he couldn't play them, not music , no WAY.
The Bartender told the man he had better pay up, but the man didn't look the least bit worried.....
Relax, he said, as soon as he figures out he can't F**K 'em, he'll play 'em alright.
And so he did.
Uh, enjoy the lilting sounds of my first day of bagpiping as you drift off to sleep, or wake in the morning....Magic, they are, pure magic
Love and Pipes,