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Donald Maclean's Farewell to Oban

Donald Maclean's Farewell to Oban - A bagpipe lesson by P/M Bill Robertson, broken down in sections with commentary. The bagpipe lesson includes audio, video commentary and downloadable sheet music

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Music Stands

Hello Bill Can you tell me, is done to use a music stand to read the music whilst playing the pipes if not sure of the tune? myself I don't think so. I

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Bruce Campbell Interviews Pipe Major Bill Robertson

Bruce Campbell from Piping World interviews Pipe Major Bill Robertson

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Bagpipe Tutorials by Pipe Major Bill Robertson, formerly The Royal Scots.

Pipe Major Bill Robertson's interactive Bagpipe Tutorials. A PDF document with embeded Video and Audio clips. Excellent content and it's easy to use

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Inter-continental Gathering

A bagpipe lesson for Inter-continental Gathering. A march composed by George MacIlwham

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Lung Operation (Cancer)

I played the pipes 50 years ago in an RAF pipe band. I've decided to try again with a new gortex bag. However in spite of making the -pipes as airtight

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Chanter finger positions

Where can I get sheet music with clear finger positions relating to tunes played, I purchased a book on the internet that professed to having this, but

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My drones are having issues

Im a beginner piper, but when I blow my pipes my drones cut out by the time I'm pushing hard enough for my chanter to start, its either one or the other,

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I have just lost 3 front teeth upper right in the middle. I have a small plate but it split I'm sure with the blowpipe , as when I play the plate rocks

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drone problem

I was taking out my drones to clean them with a brush and accidentally put the base drone reed in the blowpipe stock and now it is stuck what should I

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Bagpipe brand

What bagpipe brand is suitable for B flat orchestral chanter?

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High G

Hi Bill, I am having real trouble tuning my high G on the Bagpipe Chanter. It just wont tune to G and does not even register on a tuner. Any suggestions?

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Sharp C on chanter

Why is the C slightly sharp on my chanter and other noted slightly off? -(six weeks newbie)

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Deger pipes V Highland pipes

I have been an off and on piper for many years and now intend to focus more (work pressures v pipes - now I am retired). Due to breath limitations I am

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My Bagipe Sounds Like a Duck?

Ok, so I have a brand new McCallum practice chanter as I recently decided to start playing. As the title implies, my chanter sounds essentially like a

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Blow pressure and drone read tone

Can drone reads be adjusted to sound with less air pressure and still maintain a proper tone?

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Age 7 started piping at Thornhill .

I was taught to play the bagpipes by a piper at Edenburgh castle the date was around 1944 .He was a Welsh man I think his name was Ross but not shore I

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New Band Chanter

Hi Bill Have received my band chanter its MaCullum few years old. The holes are bigger and look to be wider apart. I am having a lot of trouble getting

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Playing the Pipes

Hya when trying to play the Pipes, My lips get so sore that i cannot Blow the Chanter, i cannot keep the Chanter in My mouth, it just falls out, i have

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Bagpipes vs practise chanter for learning

Hi there. I have recently started learning how to play the bagpipes. I have been using a practise chanter but a couple of days ago I had a friend let me

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