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Very wet blowing on bagpipes

by Susan
(Scotland)

Hello,


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 and have to stop every two or three tunes to dry my lips and blowstick.

I would appreciate any advice on how to combat this irritating problem.

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May 30, 2015
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by: Anonymous

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Feb 27, 2015
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Very wet blwoing on bagpipes
by: Bill Robertson

Thank you Kent for your comment. My webmaster might consider your suggestion. Regards, Bill

Feb 27, 2015
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by: Clark

Now this is fabulous. Things like there are very well explained unlike in some other videos and tutorials that I have seen on and off the web. It would be better if you do these video tutorials on a channel in YouTube. Telesteps Ladder

Jun 10, 2013
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Wet blowing on bagpipes
by: Susan


Thanks very much for your advice Bill, and I hope you're feeling better soon.

Jun 10, 2013
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by: Bill Robertson

Sorry Susan if errors occur in my text because I have just had treatement to my eyes casing them to be lrurry - difficult to read/check my text.
Bill

Jun 10, 2013
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by: Bill Robertson

Thank you Rusan for explaining. I feel that you have recently progressed to playing the full bagpipe and that you have to take playing in smaller steps at a time to allow your lip mucles to strengthen. Try just one or two tunes at atime for some days week that includes a slow air to allow listening to your regular blowing and steady pressure. Take good long enough interavals between playing while you might do something else, or some concentrated practice chanter sessions after a short break and with a reasonable break after the practice chanter - judge for tourself. Increase as you see fit and add a tune of two more.for a week or two. When you find the lips strengthening yo will know and can increase as you go. A half hour of goog accurate/correct concentrated practise on the pipes each day swith odd exception, is better that an hour or two one or two days a week. Please rtefer to our website main page left under Bagpipe articles - tuning etc., then commencing to play in stages in video along with some text and pictures to help.
I seldom plamy my pipes. When I do have to play say a small iem I prp[are in small amounts of two mintes or so to bring up my lips strength as they are not strong enough witout some small regular piping. I wait ano hour or two before recommncing in the small two to three minute sessions. I trsut that helps.
All the best,
Bill

Jun 09, 2013
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by: Susan


Hello, many thanks for your time taken to reply to my question, it is very much appreciated. I do use a rubber 'softee' on the end of the blowpipe which doesn't help alleviate the problem. Sorry Bill, the 'seal' I referred to is the seal of my lips on the blowpipe, I think I seem to salivate too much and my lips quickly get too wet preventing me blowing effectively into the blowstick. I find I must stop every 2-3 tunes to dry my lips and end of the blowpipe before resuming playing. Kind regards, Susan

Jun 09, 2013
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by: Kent Maynard

If the problem is with the seal between your lips & blowpipe, you can be sure to hold the blowstick gently with your teeth. The rubber piece on the end of the pipe as previously mentioned will help. I use a product called "softees" which can be obtained from a place that sells smoking pipes.

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by: Henriik Idoff Hornhaver

A little fast on the tricker and forgot to write my name :-)

Jun 09, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Hello Susan
As I read your post, you cannot keep the mouthpiece in your mouth because it gets so wet. I had the same problem, but solved it by a piece of rubber on the moutpiece. Using this, I can hold the mouthpiece by my teeths. Not biting in the mouthpiece, but simply holding it back. Hope this helps

Jun 09, 2013
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by: Bill Robertson

Hello Susan,
The seal you mention needs to be clarified. I wonder if it is the binding of the blowpipe into the stock of the bag, or the binding in upper part if the the blowpipe that is uasually on your lips when playing. Ceck to make sure these joints are firm enough. The other thought was - is it the blowpipe valve with a watertrap that fills with the moisture and prevents the valve operation.
Wet blowing is something that always occurs - more so with some than others. Beware very soon after playing to check your chanter stock especially with the little finger/pinky well placed up the chanter stock. If wet even the slightest you should dry out with suitable dowel or stick with an absorbent cloth on the end in a roughly cylinrical shape to dry out all the way. The chater reed if left in a wet or moist stock can lose its good character of sound and and could turn mouldy. Some pipers have dry stock to avoid that, but the stock should still be claned/dried out. Please let us know what is meant by "seal" so that I can delve deeper into the problem.
Regards,

Bill at bagpiper1@slingshot.co.nz

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