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kitchen pipes

by jeffery craft
(wheelwright ky.)

Whats are your thoughts on kitchen Pipes? I was going to use them to help learn proper playing...

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Oct 07, 2014
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kitchen pipes
by: Bill Robertson

I have never used a tuning meter for the pipes - I depend upon my ears and listening. Some meters I heard at times in past few years did not have accurate intervals of the scale. I think it was the D and F mainly too sharp. The only main advantage of the meter is for a band to have their drones checked while playing in tuning up to save time etc., providing of course that the drone reeds are set well to stay steadily in tune. Perhaps others might be able to give you the frequency on the meter.
All the best,

Bill

Oct 07, 2014
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What Frequency do you tune kitchen pipes?
by: Anonymous

What Frequency do you tune kitchen pipes on an electronic Korg tuner?

Jun 21, 2011
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Kitchern Pipes - Jeffery
by: Bill Robertson

I agree with all that Miolchu has said that is very good and helpful. As said the Kitchen pipes ar akin to the normal practice chanter and help very little in preparation for the GHB, but I feel do help in arm co-ordination in maintaining a steady good tone with the bag and pause breathing.

Please see our website main page left in Bagpipe article then scroll to bagpipe tuning which is mainly about commencing to play the GHB for beginners mainly in so many stepa at a time. That should give you an indication of the rather big diffences involved from PC to GHB. In piping there is a big difference in playing the GHB from that of the PC in that many pipers are "champions" perhaps on the PC but not nearly as good when playing the pipes that demands the more physical effort for good steady tone and as a result allied with good concentraion on the playing of the music with good expression and good clarity of technique.

Trusting this helps along with that of Miolchu - Bill

Jun 21, 2011
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Kitchen
by: Miolchu

In your post, you mentioned that you were interested in kitchen pipes to learn proper playing. I am not sure what your intentions are. If you are interested in practicing maintaining blowing pressure while playing, kitchen pipes might help just a little as blowing pressures are much less than GHBs. When you are ready to transition to the larger pipes, you would likely need to re-learn this again due to the pressure difference.

On a more positive note there are kitchen pipes out there that when the blow pipe and chanter are separated from the bag and joined together provide you with a practic chanter. If you live in North American, you can check out Oliver Seeler's website, Universe of Bagpipes and get some information on the benefits and limitations of kitchen pipes.

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