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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

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Braemar Highland Gathering

Braemar Highland Gathering, a free bagpipe lesson by Pipe Major Bill Robertson

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Striking in

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.

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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Donald MacKillop

Donald MacKillop, a free bagpipe lesson by Pipe Major Bill Robertson

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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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