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Drones doubling how can I fix this.

Hi Bill I am using ezeetone drone reeds with a Ross set up, but recently I have had trouble with my drones. I have tried using sm90 drones too (my pipe

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Can't get the proper sounding bagpipes

Hi Bill, I recently purchased some bagpipes. I've set it up, but I can't seem to get the proper sound out. I'm not sure if it is me or the bagpipes.

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cleaning the bag

I am new to the bagpipes although I've been playing Irish/Scottish music for many years. I have some bagpipes that have been laying in a box for a few

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Kamak San

Kamak San, a free bagpipe lesson by Pipe Major Bill Robertson

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Reed chirps off and on while striking in and tuning drones

Hi Bill, I am unable to strike in or tune my drones without the chanter reed chirping in and out. It is very frustrating because the only way to stop

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Tenor drone problem

Hi Bill, When I strike in my pipes sound fine, but when I get the chanter going sometimes the tenor drones stop producing sound. Is this a reed problem?

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Arniston Castle - A free bagpipe lesson

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

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Blowing

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

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St Andrews Cross - A free bagpipe lesson

St Andrews Cross, a free bagpipe lesson by Pipe Major Bill Robertson

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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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Blowing

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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