Some of you may know that I’ve been working for the past two years to learn how to play the bagpipes.
I’m a slow (ish) learner.
After spending an incredible amount of time on the practise-chanter I finally ‘went to instrument’ about 2 months ago.
It’s a steep learning curve. You basically keep banging your head against ‘flat-out impossible’ until you make a dent and reach ‘forgetaboutit’.
A bit of persistence and you reach the hallowed level of ‘stopkiddingyourselfidiot’ which leads you straight into ‘imnevergoingtogetthis’.
And then one day…
The golfers will know what I mean.
When people ask the inevitable ‘why?’, I’ve taken to answering ‘because I want to be able to play Avril lavigne’s Sk8tr Boi on the bagpipes while idling a 5ft tall giraffe unicycle’.
I try n deliver this line as casually as possible, with as much ‘doesn’t everyone?’ in my voice as I can muster.
I’m not quite there yet.
(You won’t believe what a hassle it is to get bagpipe transcriptions of Avril Lavigne tunes nowadays, tsk…tsk…tsk.)
But last night, I played one verse of Amazing Grace on the pipes while idling my unicycle.
I know, I know, video please.
I’ll get some this weekend and stick it up in my gallery and link to it here.
Yes, video please. I’ve never seen bagpipes on unicycle yet. Often a large bagpipe group plays in the same parades we are doing. Bagpipes are fine but the worst place for a unicycle group, with its own sound system, is to be right ahead or behind of the pipers.
In the mid '80s I hung out with the Portland comedy crowd quite a bit. Johnny Johnston was “Mr. Bagpipes”, and still is. Check out these vids:
And no, a quick youtube search on “unicycle” and “bagpipes” confirmed that I’m by no means the first.
(But the “1-9 of about 9” did make me feel a bit better)
I used to play bass in a couple of bands (in my younger days).
Bought the gf an accordion for her birthday and messed around with that a while back. Couldn’t get the two hands to work in harmony, it’s a mission.
We’re also looking at working up duo versions of some Leonard Cohen songs for bagpipes and accordion.
Should be fun.