What a Judge Wants competing competition judge judging solo competition May 29, 2024

When you prepare for solo competition, usually one question is on your mind: what will the judge be listening for?

Will they be able to tell if you...

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Can Hard Reeds Be Good For You? gutbuster hard reed reed strength reeds May 29, 2024

Do you ever find yourself struggling so much with a hard reed that you feel your throat close?

The feeling is similar to when you accidentally...

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Does It Matter Which Grace Notes You Play? embellishments grace note gracenote May 29, 2024

Grace notes – those tiny, short notes that give bagpipe music decoration and dynamics – are often overlooked by beginner and...

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Birls: Different Types and Which Ones to Play birl birls embellishments May 29, 2024

Birls – rapid pinky passes over low G – are embellishments that you’ll have to learn to play in a band or as a soloist.

Although...

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The “Right” And “Wrong” Way to Hold Your Bagpipe Chanter chanter fingering fingerwork posture May 29, 2024

When you were first taught to play, I’m guessing one of the first things you learned was the “right” way to hold a chanter.

Yet,...

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To Lick or Not to Lick: Horsing Around with Bagpipe Reeds lick licking reeds May 29, 2024

Chances are, if you’ve been playing bagpipes for a while, you’ve definitely licked a reed or two in your life.

It can be tempting to...

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Record Yourself Regularly record recording May 29, 2024

If you want to be a better bagpiper, recording your playing on a regular basis is a ‘must’.

It radically benefits many of your musical...

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Got Moisture Problems? You Might Be Overlooking These 3 Things condensation humidity hygrometer maintenance mcs moisture moisture control systems wet blower May 22, 2024

As any piper knows, we need a certain amount of moisture in our bagpipes. But too much can be a major problem. 

A lot of the time, beginners...

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Finding the Right Chanter Reed For You: The Scotland the Brave Test maintenance reed strength reeds scotland the brave test stb test May 22, 2024

Your bagpipes should never be too hard to play. 

You should feel comfortable at all times when you’re playing. Don’t feel like you...

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Calibrating Your Reeds calibration May 22, 2024

Calibration is the art of setting up your reeds to take the perfect, most efficient amount of air so that they work together to produce a stable...

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How Do You Keep Your Bag Airtight? airtight bag maintenance May 22, 2024

When your pipes are airtight, you're well on your way to a bagpipe that's easy to play.

But have you ever experienced this literal sinking...

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Finding and Getting Paid for Gigs bookings gigs performance May 22, 2024

Once you’ve been playing for a while, it can be a logical next step to turn your piping hobby into a side hustle – or perhaps even a...

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