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mouth and blowing problems

by Connor
(Dover)

Hello,


I'm having trouble blowing into he pipes. After 30 seconds or so, my lips start to go numb and as I blow the air starts to go out the sides of my mouth, I can barely play a song.

I think Im blowing to often as well. It would be great if anyone had any tips for mouth fatigue and stuff. My chanter reed and drone reeds are all fine so they are easy for me to play on but its just how long I play for because of my mouth becoming numb for several minutes.

barrettconnor96@hotmail.co.uk

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Apr 20, 2013
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Mouth and blowing problems -Connor of Dover
by: Anonymous

Hello Connor,
In answer to your difficulty in commencing to play/blowing etc., please see my sumission in the series dated June 20, 2012 and the main reference to our website item left of main page Bagpipe Articles then scroll to Bagpipe tuneing etc. Therein is the article about Commencing to play etc.
When opened there videos that you should take stage by stage steadily a step at a time. Observe the blowing intervals that might help too. There is a link for a pge from my interactive DVDs (as are the videos) that shows in pictures and text that relevant to the exercise. Of course it is also necessray to test your bag for air-tightness.
Take heed of the short amount of blowing in the early stages until you develop skill and strengthen the lip mucles for enoguh to play a small slow air even if only one part early on.
Any clarification you mght need, simply as at bagpiper1@slingshot.co.nz
All the best,
Bill Robertson

Apr 20, 2013
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Blowing-squeezing technique...
by: gible90

Hi,

Just an idea, but you might also want to assess your blowing-squeezing technique as you play.

When I started to play a few years ago, I felt discomfort and weakness in my lips too. After a while I realised that instead of blowing-squeezing-blowing-squeezing, I was blowing-blowing-blowing-blowing, so the pressure in the bag was constantly very high. This not only meant that I had to blow more frequently, but that due to the higher pressure, it became more difficult to get air in, which is more demanding on the lips.

Of course a decent amount of pressure is required in the bag to keep all your reeds sounding but that pressure should be maintained by blowing ... and when you're not blowing ... squeezing.

Give it a try and see if it helps.

Lewis.

Aug 02, 2012
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mouth and blowing problems
by: Bill Robertson

Hello Hi,
Please see the comments below.
Regards,
Bill

Aug 02, 2012
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hi
by: Anonymous

im having same problems

Jun 20, 2012
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mouth and blowing problems
by: Bill Robertson

Hello barrett,
I tried to submit my advice yesterday, but our server was too busy with updates. I then sent an e mail to the address you provided. It was returned today as not known. I think I mistook the number 96 for 95 so will try once more with my email help with attachments. My intended message here:

Although your reeds are easy enough to suit you when attempting to play the pipes first up, please test your bag for air tightness. After removing all the pipes except the blow-piece place suitable sized stoppers or suitable corks firmly in all your stocks except the blow-piece obviously. Inflate the bag as tightly as possible and find out if it stays tightly for some good few minutes before gradually losing pressure.
Further help can be found in my website main page left under Bagpipe articles and scrolling to Bagpipe tuning and Commencing to play etc. in stages with videos, text, and photos. take each stage at a time to gradually develop lip strength as playing the pipes does need that extra strength in the lip muscles. In due course with proper steady application, you should be alright and comfortable enough when playing. Have good posture as shown. There is some advice on items of dress that might help too.
All the best,
Bill

Jun 20, 2012
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THANKS
by: Anonymous

i have the rubber but it still happens sometimes, i think i just need more experience so my lips are used to it

Jun 20, 2012
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Blowing help
by: Henrik Idoff Hornhaver

Hi Connor
I have a small piece of rubber on my blowpipe in order to keep the blowpipe in place. That helps me not to use my lips only. Apart from that it is my experience that it is a matter of time untill your lips are comfortable playing.
Happy Piping Henrik

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