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pipe tune to learn first
I am learning to play the pipes with the city of Newport pipe band and would like to know which tune i can start of learnig to play.
I have …
tuning drones what key?
Hi Bill, What key should the drones be tuned to? Is it ok to tune the drones before fitting to the pipes?
what key should the tenor drones and bass drone by tuned to?
I have bought a set of new drones for my pipes is it ok to tune the drones to a certain key before fitting them.
thumb stop aid for chanter
Is it worth buying this product or will it make you lazy and dependant on using it?
True or false
Is it true that the bagpipes where made in India & was used to tell the enemy that the Scocts where coming & the tenor drum was to tell the …
For Christmas I received a set of bagpipes. I would like to buy a pipe chanter for my new bagpipes.
How do I know what pipe chanter to buy that will …
Moisture controls in bagpipes
Is it absolutely necessary to have moisture control in bagpipes. I can never get a reasonable answer from anyone I speak to. Some say yes, …
Bill I have played on my own for a couple of years now. My question is how is one able to learn the beat?; I find when I am concentrating on the notes …
My name is Lorenzo,I come from Italy. I am 54 and I have been playing for five years bagpipes.
I'm trying to play the piob "The MacGregor's …
Sir, new to bagpipe here and now im participating in a competirion sir(MSR).
My question is , is it possible to mix up any tunes or have an order to …
Easiest beginning pibrochs.
I wanted to know which pibrochs are the easiest to learn as an intermediate piper?
I have read many of your articles and ideas and appreciate …
I have a set of MacDOUGAL pipes 1997 they have the larger drone bores which makes the drones very loud for me soft chanter reed.Is there any …
Very wet blowing on bagpipes
I am fairly new to bagpipe playing and find that I am a very wet blower. When my lips and blowpipe get wet I lose the seal on the blowpipe …
Where would I find the tuning exercises for the lips to use when starting with the blowpipe
chanter reed very hard to get sound.
can moistening the chanter reed make it not so darn difficult to get sound from it?
How to prevent the dreaded Flat or double-toning F?
Hi Bill, first of all many thanks for a really helpful, informative website.
My pipes are set up so they come into tune after a 5 min warm up and sound …
Keeping pipe reed in playing condition
Bill can you tell me what is the best way to keep your pipe reed in good condition so it is ready to play again.I have found that it can begin to get …
Getting a sound but no low notes!
So I just got my pipes, standard beginner highland bagpipes, redwood with imitation decorative aluminum stuff. Whatever it's all called. Anyway, I finally …
Call off before playing
Hi, I'm a student in high school and my band teacher and I trying to form a pipe band considering we are the fighting scots. We have already played at …
Throw on D
I typically only play the "light" version of a D throw rather than the heavy version a lot of folks play in light music. I just watched PM Robertson's …
I would like to make a practice chanter, are drawings etc available. It is something I have thought about for some considerable time and …
Striking my bellows properly in order to start my drones
I have a set of bagpipes and have not played them for a year or so, my drones wont start when I strike my bellows. Any suggestions or tips?
Hello, Every time i blow onto my chanter,after about 1 minute my lips go really numb and then i can't play anymore. It's very fustrating
Oiling Your Bagpipes
I have a set of African blackwood bagpipes that were made by McCallum in 2006. I live in a hot, dry climate (Arizona) and have never oiled my pipes at …
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mouth and blowing problems
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 …
Chanter reed plays before drone reeds
I am having trouble taking up pipes after a 6 years break.
When I strike in the drones the chanter plays in advance. A stronger chanter …
About the steady sound of the bagpipe
I have a problem on tuning the pipe. When I use a hard reed, the drones are stopped easily. Is there any solution to solve the problem. Is …
Rosewood pipe chanter
I have a set of pipes that my wife had purchased from ebay as a gift(uh oh). I can get the drones to play but the chanter won't sound, even with a Duncan …
How do I know if I have the right size bag for my pipes?
I have a set of Mccallum pipes on a small bag. It feels like I am using more air than the bag has to play with with. Do I need to move up …
I can't get the pipe chanter to work
I have a set of pipes (probably Pakistani in origin) which I have just moved onto from the practice chanter. I can get the drones to play …
High A note hangs when going from High A to Low A on Pipe chanter
Thank you first.
I am using an older Hardy chanter (1950s) as I appreciate the lower tone, but maybe because I am using modern reeds, …
3/4 set of bagpipes
Thank you for you valuable instruction videos, I find them very usefull. I have been receiving lessons on the chanter, but now I want to buy …
Left Handed Bagpiper
Hi Pipemajor Robertson
I am learning to play on the practice chanter.
Im left handed and hold the bag under my right shoulder.
I have been told to …
Piping at functions
Could you please help me with this for I am a junior piper aand plan to start playing at weddings and other functions.
When piping guests …
I'm wondering if there is a book available that has hymn music for the bagpipes. I'm especially interested right now in finding the pipe music for: How …
The competition MSR
I am fairly certain that competition marches, strathspeys and reels have been played together in solo piping competition for longer than they have been …
I am having a problem with my SM 90's especially the Bass drone.
When I blow up the bag and set them off the drone reed screeches and only …
This is kinda complicated the way i ask this but, when playing a doubling lets say from low a to b, Does your finishing note have to be low a or can you …
I find it difficult to learn from frontal images for instruction. Do you have any resources that illustrate instruction from an angle as you are playing(The …
Removing Ferrols on Drones
How can I remove the ferrols from my drones?
I have tried reezing and hot water but no success.
Any info how i can do it would be appreciated?. …
I've had a practice chanter for over a year and purchased my first full set of pipes. No one around here plays so I'm basically on my own, along with websites …
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 …
returning to the pipes - having problems
I know I should go join a pipe band, but I wanted to get restarted on the pipes on my own for now. I've not played in 20 years or so - used to play with …
Practice Chanter sounds like a duck!!
Recently I have taken to wanting to play the bagpipe and have purchased a practice chanter to get started.
I received it today and …
Wm Ross Pipe Major to Queen Victoria
I was wondering if Wm Ross the Queen's piper and Willie Ross the piper are related. Wm Ross (1823-1891) was my great-grandfather's step brother and I …
Every time I see one of your videos I get impressed not only because your 'pure scottish' musical expression (that is perfect) but the perfection …
Problems with my chanter
My friend that just came fron Scotland, bought to me a bagpipe...
After some problems trying to understand how it works, I made the 3 drones …
Plastic Reeds vs Wooden Reeds?
Are the plastic synthetic reeds the best reeds to start out with?
I have a set of both and the wooden reeds are very hard to get going …
Settle a question
As a highly experience piper, I would like to have you settle a question that comes up between me and other pipers-some of whom are highly …
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Chanter Air Leak?
I've been playing my new set of pipes for about 3 months and find that an unusual amount of air is passing thru the chanter read without engaging it. …
Setting up tube water trap
I am after some advice and instructions on how to connect a "Tube Water Trap" to my Canmore Zipper Bag.
I am a complete novice and have just …
Rarely Used Embellishments
I recently came across this movement and I'm not sure exactly how to play it, could you give me a note by note runthru. thanks!
Of all the makes and models of synthetic drone reeds, do you have a favorite? Which ones are best suited to today's high pitched chanters?
I wish I would have kept piping
Its been over 30 years since I was piping,
I have recently began practicing again and I find my breathing is lacking .
Could you recommend any …
Lip and mouth fatigue
Hello Bill: I have returned to piping after a 15 year absence. I am finding that my mouth fatiques after a short time of playing and that I can't even …
Hi Sir. I am a beginner on piping which i know not much but to ask the question ........... I Blow into my bagpipes and i read there's …
Dentures & piping.
I am contemplating getting dentures in the near future. My oral surgeon said I might have trouble adapting to playing the pipes with them, and may have …
Difference between piobreachd and ground???
What is the difference between piobreachd and ground? I have just started a ground (Glengarrys Lament) and am a bit confused because it says it is a ground. …
Practice Chanter Advise Please
Thank you for your very informative website. I have really learned so much from your tutorials by the way you break the tunes down. …
Whats are your thoughts on kitchen Pipes? I was going to use them to help learn proper playing...
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