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old learner

by Izz
(Scotland)

I am 70 and have been on the practice chanter for some months. Have now got a full set of bagpipes but am so disappointed as,I cannot make any sound with them.


I have tried both a cane and synthetic chanter reed. The drones are plugged. Can you help me in any way. Now so disappointed that I may not be able to go any further.

Thanks

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Dec 28, 2012
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learning to play the bagpipes
by: Auchry

Bagpipes are a fickle intrument and they need personal tuition to get you started. To learn to play the instrument on your own is disheartening and counter productive. They are really a young man's instrument !

What I would suggest is that you find and buy a set of Celtic Bellows Bagpipes which use less air, but still has the same fingering technique so you can still play all the Highland tunes. They are a quieter indoor version of the Great Highland Bagpipe.

Take things slowly and practice for about 30 minutes each day before moving onto the next learning skill. A new player will take about 9 months to achieve a recognisable technique.

It's far better to seek a personal tutor who knows what s/he is trying to achieve.

Jun 16, 2011
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Old learner
by: Bill Robertson

Jeffery is correct in that you might have been sold something that is of very poor quality, and supplied with poor reeds or none.

Along with my previous advice, I suggest that you get in touch with the firm that sold you the set of bagpipes to let them know your problems. If the firm is Scottish the person there should either help you, or refer you to the manufacturer (if not already the maker of the pipes) of the pipes to assist you with good reeds and setting up the pipes. Further, consider contacted a nearby pipe band to find a good piper willing to help you with the setting up etc.

Good advice in the first place would have helped most liklely.

All the best,
Bill

Jun 16, 2011
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which maker?
by: jeffery craft

Did you get your set from an established maker like dunbar, gibson, ect ect... its possible that you may have bought a set made in Pakistan, from all the reviews I've heard they are really poorly made instruments, I hope this helps.

Mar 14, 2011
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Old learner
by: Bill Robertson

In answer to your problem, Izz, I suggest that you go to our website main page left and click on Bagpipe articles then scroll down when opened to Bagpipe tuning etc. and folow the commencing to play as for a beginner step by step with carefull study of the text and video. There are linkd within to futehr help if you click on them. If uncertain about finding things on your computer ask a junior person to help you navigate etc.
All the best,
Bill

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