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My Bagpipe Teacher Would Not Approve

Posted on | November 3, 2010 | 5 Comments

by Smitty (h/t Kottke)

As someone who occasionally gets some time on the instrument, I can appreciate the playing here, to a degree:
The fingering is articulate at ludicrous speed, and the peel-offs are way beyond my own meager skill. However, one is officially required to assume a reactionary stance about any non-traditional pieces on the instrument.
But would SFU tell him to STFU (silence the foolish unpleasantness)?


5 Responses to “My Bagpipe Teacher Would Not Approve”

  1. Adrienne
    November 3rd, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

    Hearing all this bagpipe music makes me want to march off into the sunset and start a war – no kidding!

    I think the first guy is great. Your teacher is probably a stick in the mud. However, not being a bag pipe player, I have no idea if he is “dinking ” with the music. What I mean is – is he is doing the equivalent of Ave Maria to a 4/4 heavy rock beat? That would be most unappreciated…

  2. Trainwife1962
    November 4th, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    Always remember, REAL MEN PLAY BAGPIPES!!!

  3. Rodtrheold
    November 4th, 2010 @ 10:44 am

    As an merican of Scotch ancestry I have several popers in my clan. Nosr are notthis good. But our pole tossers are good.

  4. Griffon1x
    November 5th, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

    Terry Lee and Jack Lee’s sister (Maureen) piped at my wedding. Living just across the border from Vancouver spoils you for pipes.