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Im finding it really hard to make a sound by blowing into the bagpipes. It takes allot of air. Is it the reed or do I need to work on my mouth strength

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Torosay Castle

Torosay Castle, a free bagpipe lesson by Pipe Major Bill Robertson

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Inconsistent Rhythms, Duncan Johnston

Hi! I'm a competitive piper and have been having some issues with one my hornpipes, Duncan Johnston. I'm currently playing the hornpipe in a pointed

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How to properly strike in the bags with an easy reed.

How do you suppose to strike in the bag and chanter with an easy reed without the chanter making a sound before the drones chime in? Thanks!

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How can i stop my bagpipe chanter to stop making a sour note?

Every time I directly blow air into the chanter while it`s on the low G it makes a very sour, and high pitched noise. It doesn`t even sound like a bagpipe

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Striking in

Dcades ago, I learned to strike-in to create clear drone tones but no chanter. Recently, I have observed - and have heard - the strategy has changed. Strike-in

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Leaving Ardtornish

Leaving Ardtornish, a free bagpipe lesson

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making the reed easier to blow.

I have used a small nail file on my pipe Chanter reed to make it easier to blow but think I may have taken off too much. It now doesn't sound in tune.

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Blowing and squeezing

Hi Bill, I have been playing for 4 years and can't seem to get the squeezing of the bag down yet. I play and squeeze and after a few sets of practice,

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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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