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Arniston Castle - A free bagpipe lesson
Arniston Castle, a free bagpipe lesson by Pipe Major Bill Robertson
Hi Bill, I have just started playing the pipes and I have braces on my teeth, therefore my lips are weak. I find it really hard to get all the air
St Andrews Cross - A free bagpipe lesson
St Andrews Cross, a free bagpipe lesson by Pipe Major Bill Robertson
Memories of the late Pipe major John T MacKenzie ( Scots Guards, 1st Batt)
Dear Pipe Major Robertson, I just came across your website today, and I think it's wonderful.! I like to mention J.T MacKenzie, because he took me on
Braemar Highland Gathering
Braemar Highland Gathering, a free bagpipe lesson by Pipe Major Bill Robertson
Does anyone have any tips for getting a good, clean strike in? I am struggling to avoid the squeaky, slow progression to drone and chanter unity.
Tape on chanter
Should one use tape over the chanter holes to tune? If so, is there a limit to how many holes can be taped?
Whay causes a reed to stop playing
Good day, I am experiencing my Chanter reed failing by making a low muffled sound or little sound while being played. I have had this happen on two separate
Drying after playing
Hi Bill, After playing my bagpipes, is there a good estimate for air drying before placing them back in their case? William
Control of speed/timing.
Hello Bill, Could you please tell me if your video disc tutorial includes a Follow the bouncing ball format when reading the music to a new tune.The speed/timing
Donald MacKillop, a free bagpipe lesson by Pipe Major Bill Robertson
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
Torosay Castle, a free bagpipe lesson by Pipe Major Bill Robertson
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
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!
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
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
Leaving Ardtornish, a free bagpipe lesson
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.
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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