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Major David Manson

Bagpipe lesson for Major David Manson, a reel taught by Pipe Major Bill Robertso.

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The Ewe with the Crooked Horn

The Ewe with the Crooked Horn, a bapipe lesson by Bill Robertson

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Donald Maclean's Farewell to Oban

Donald Maclean's Farewell to Oban. A bagpipe tune taught by Pipe Major Bill Robertson

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drone reeds stopping

When I play my drone reeds carry on stopping and i have a music test tommorow

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New reeds 'squealing'

Hi Bill, I've been piping for a few years but this is a new problem that's popped up and has me a bit perplexed. Basically, I've been trying a few different

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Pipe chanter reed

I am new to playing the pipes. I'm very good on the practice chanter, but would really like to know why, with an easy reed do I hear so much air passing

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Pipe Major Sam Scott

Bagpipe lesson for Pipe Major Sam Scott. a 6/8 march composed by Peter R. MacLeod

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pipe tune to learn first

Hi Bill, I am learning to play the pipes with the city of Newport pipe band and would like to know which tune i can start of learnig to play. I have

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tuning drones what key?

Hi Bill, What key should the drones be tuned to? Is it ok to tune the drones before fitting to the pipes? thanks.

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what key should the tenor drones and bass drone by tuned to?

I have bought a set of new drones for my pipes is it ok to tune the drones to a certain key before fitting them. thanks

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thumb stop aid for chanter

Hi Bill, Is it worth buying this product or will it make you lazy and dependant on using it? thanks, Dave

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True or false

Hi Bill, Is it true that the bagpipes where made in India & was used to tell the enemy that the Scocts where coming & the tenor drum was to tell the enemy

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Pipe Chanter

For Christmas I received a set of bagpipes. I would like to buy a pipe chanter for my new bagpipes. How do I know what pipe chanter to buy that will

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Moisture controls in bagpipes

Hello Bill, Is it absolutely necessary to have moisture control in bagpipes. I can never get a reasonable answer from anyone I speak to. Some say yes,

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Duncan MacRae of Kintail's Lament

Duncan MacRae of Kintail's Lament, an introduction to the idiom of piobaireachd.

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The Beat

Bill I have played on my own for a couple of years now. My question is how is one able to learn the beat?; I find when I am concentrating on the notes

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The Battle Of Beallach Nam Brog

The Battle Of Beallach Nam Brog, A Piobaireachd story documented by Ron MacLeod

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Abbreviations Piobaireachd

Hello, My name is Lorenzo,I come from Italy. I am 54 and I have been playing for five years bagpipes. I'm trying to play the piob The MacGregor's Salute

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Sir, new to bagpipe here and now im participating in a competirion sir(MSR). My question is , is it possible to mix up any tunes or have an order to

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The Hen's March

The Hen's March, a jig composed by Pipe Major Donald MacLeod.

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