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Striking in

by Lou
(Florida)

Dcades ago, I learned to strike-in to create clear drone tones but no chanter. Recently, I have observed - and have heard - the strategy has changed. Strike-in seems more gentle, allowing some double-tone of the drones until they "pop" or "lock" in at a pressure which is still slightly less than required to sound the first E.


At least one Glenfiddich championship soloist allowed a howl or whistle for a good time, then showed a controlled lock-in of the drones, followed by the chanter and a quick fine-tuning before proceeding to his tune.

What is the preferred sound today? Is it the same for solo and more regimented band strike-ins (i.e. - does a band NEED to have all clear drones at the fifth beat, or is the double-tone or whistle now allowed/preferred)?
Thanks.

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Dec 06, 2014
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Striking in
by: Bill Robertson

I shouls have added in my prevous comment,Lou, that I can send you the striking in in detailed photographs and text page is you woish to let me know by e mail. My e mail: bagpiper1@slingshot.co.nz
-- Bill

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by: Bill Robertson

Hello Lou,
Your definition in your first paragraph just about explains well the stiking in that has been around since I was even a boy. In band it is much the same but to a count of of in the second three pace roll the drones are sounded still with the double tone starting on the first left footplacement, then the nex left foot placement the drone come in fully along the the clear E with both hands on the chanter positions, then the next left foot the tune, allowing for any starting notes just before on the upbeat. Most would prfer the start of the tune dierectly on the first down beat/left foot without strating note/s. The whistle is bad practice as it is a disagreeable sound. Most good solo pipers with strike quickly again without the whistle rather than prolong the whistle that I would consider if prolonged bad taste and bad presentation to the audience.
I trsut that helps - and all the best -- Bill

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