Brown, Ray

Some thoughts on cabrette tuning Dec 2015 in Chanter 2015 Winter

Ian Clabburn’s article, printed in Chanter Summer 2014, about the cabrette tuning and in particular his struggle with the “neutral third” intrigues me, and I keep going back to his article and have re-read it several times. In summary, Ian felt it was his fault that he was unable to play the instrument ‘in tune’, only later finding that the cabrette is tuned to a scale different from that which we consider ‘normal’.

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Cabrette Tuning - Yet Again! Jul 2016 in Chanter 2016 Summer

Firstly, may I thank Jon Swayne for taking the trouble to reply to my scribblings on this topic. I am grateful to read something written with authority rather than from a point of ignorance (like mine!). Really, mine was just a series of thoughts and questions put down in the hope of getting some insight which I think Jon has provided. I would also like to apologise for the sloppy use of the term “Just Intonation” when I should have used a term which did not have a technical meaning.

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The 'Bubble' Concept of Knowledge Mar 2017 in Chanter 2017 Spring

If you visualise all your knowledge as being inside a bubble (a small one in my case), then everything you don’t know is outside that bubble. As you learn more things, your bubble gets bigger and so the surface of the bubble, the interface between what you know and what you don’t know gets bigger as well. This means that your confusion and apparent ignorance increases each time you learn something new!

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Do Hills Get Steeper as One Gets Older? Jul 2016 in Chanter 2016 Summer

(or Age and the Learning Curve!) Reflections on a beginner’s disastrous entry into the world of bagpiping. My first thought is that approaching 70 is not a good age to start learning a new instrument — in fact it is not a good time to start anything new. It is a time to sit by the fireside with a cup of cocoa and reflect on better times. To be fair, however, I don’t much like cocoa and times are pretty good despite the aches.

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