The Royal Scots Cap Badge

Blowing

by Richard
(Australia)

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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Mar 23, 2015
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by: Bill Robertson

Hello Richard,
I suggest that you check your bag for air tightness - stopper/corks in the dron stocks, and chanter stock with blow piece still in place. With inflation at a high ressure check for any leaks and firmness of tied in stocks. The bag should stay tight for at least 20-30 seconds before any slight deflation as a guide.
From there please go to our website main page left in Webite Categories, then in bagpipe articels, then Tuning exercises - Commencing to play the pipes. Take each step one at a time. Avoid being too hasty to get to the next step until competent in each step - the text and video relevant in each step also should be studied and followed. The reed settings along the way should also be helpful - good posture etc., also.
I hope that helps,

Bill

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