Here’s a hot topic! Do I buy a domestically made bagpipe or an import? These comments are intended for those who are purchasing a wood bagpipe only. Delrin is off the table for the sake of this installment. So why is this even a consideration? 1. Impact on the wood (shrinkage and morphing) 2. After-purchase […]
There are so many points of view regarding what to buy as your first bagpipe that it easily becomes both overwhelming and an exercise in frustration. One only has to venture onto any of the retail or resale sites on the Internet to experience the wide range of instruments for sale and an equally wide […]
In our first installment on this topic we discussed delrin vs. wood, which more or less leads us directly into the next installment of buying a bagpipe: New or Used? If you’re buying a delrin bagpipe, standard models come up for sale from time to time. You’re pretty much guaranteed that the internal health of […]
One only has to ask “What bagpipe should I buy?” to be overwhelmed by well-meaning and diverse responses from around the globe. Just about every piper has an opinion and you will be hard-pressed to identify a consensus among them. You will receive recommendations regarding just about every brand of bagpipe currently being made, as […]
This post was originally titled “On Being an Adult Learner” but I decided that this wasn’t specific enough for the real topic and an audience that extends well beyond mature students. My experience as a beginner was as an adult with a classical music background. Believe it or not, this may have complicated things. Although […]
Several years ago I was invited to conduct a workshop for a non-competition band. I hadn’t worked with this band before and really had no idea of what to expect. I attended a function the night before where the band had been hired to put on a performance. This was actually very helpful in understanding […]
When I first started piping, I required a new reed every couple of weeks. You can imagine how aggravating this was. I’d show up to band practice with my pipes going not too badly. By the end of practice my reed was starting to go and I was lucky if I made it through the […]
Today your order of chanter reeds arrived in the mail. You carefully unfold the wrapping to reveal the orderly arrangement of cane soldiers. Breath-taking. You can hardly contain yourself. You rush to get your chanter. In these days of instant gratification we are disappointed with anything less than “brilliant” and are quite likely to pass […]
I received an email last night that was a bit disturbing. A very good friend wanted to know if I knew anybody that wanted his band’s uniforms and other gear. It seems that membership is down and they don’t know how they’re going to continue. I’m pretty passionate about this topic. I’ve been involved in […]
It doesn’t just “happen”. There is no fairy Godmother who visits you in the middle of the night with a bag of pixie dust. In any endeavor, preparation is directly linked to competence and confidence and ultimately to success and failure. So what is ‘preparation’? I think, as with all things, it begins with having […]
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Here’s a hot topic! Do I buy a domestically made bagpipe...
There are so many points of view regarding what to buy as...
In our first installment on this topic we discussed delrin...