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Caledonian Canal - Part 4

Andrew Douglas 0

The 4th part isn't explitly challenging, but we do have a lot of pesky short-F-to-E-doubling combinations that could be the bane of a player that doesn't (a) know about it or (b) practice it! Let's dive in and complete the learning of this tune together.

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The Perfect Parade Tune-up Routine - Part 2 (The Routine)

Andrew Douglas 0

In part 2 of this 3-part series, Andrew goes into the steps of the tune up routine. They're remarkably simple - with a bit of practice, this will become a laid back .... routine!

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Munro's Salute - Crunluath (with Callum Beaumont)

Callum Beaumont 0

Munro's Salute is a great tune for beginners, as it is quite simply constructed, doesn't require much complicated technique, and it's easy to memorize. In today's class, Callum will take us through the Crunluath, with is a "fosgailte" style variation.

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The Perfect Parade Tune-up Routine - Part 2 (The Routine)

Andrew Douglas 0

In part 2 of this 3-part series, Andrew goes into the steps of the tune up routine. They're remarkably simple - with a bit of practice, this will become a laid back .... routine!

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BEGINNERS

The Mermaid Song (and Compound Time Basics)

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Let's learn a simple slow air today. As we go, we'll discuss the essential theory behind "compound time." What makes 6/8 time different from 3/4 time? Can we learn to sight-read in this seemingly complicated rhythmic environment? (Hint: Sure we can!)

TECHNIQUE & THEORY

What is the Graduated Tuning Effect?

John Holcombe 0

Your chanter seems to sound a bit flat in pitch. Or your Pipe Major says your chanter is “too sharp.” What is the first thing that many pipers will do?

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Munro's Salute - Crunluath (with Callum Beaumont)

Callum Beaumont 0

Munro's Salute is a great tune for beginners, as it is quite simply constructed, doesn't require much complicated technique, and it's easy to memorize. In today's class, Callum will take us through the Crunluath, with is a "fosgailte" style variation.

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What is the Graduated Tuning Effect?

John Holcombe 0

Your chanter seems to sound a bit flat in pitch. Or your Pipe Major says your chanter is “too sharp.” What is the first thing that many pipers will do?

FUNDAMENTALS

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How to Play Embellishments - Glossary

Dojo Fingerwork Fundamental Terms - Glossary

Scale Navigation - The Basics

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Any pitched instrument has to have a means to produce its notes. On the bagpipe, we have a small scale that we use that requires specific fingerings to make the notes sound properly. As a piper, you need to make sure these fingerings are correct, and that no unwanted sounds (a.k.a. "crossing noises") occur as you switch from note to note.

How to Set Up Your Bagpipes - Glossary

Bagpipe Maintenance

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Bagpipe maintenance is the root of the bagpipe tree of sound. If the instrument isn't holding air and operating efficiently, there is no way that Tonal Quality or Tuning can be achieved.

Tonal Quality

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Many pipers around the world, including a shocking number of "top" pipers, assume that, after putting together a well-maintained bagpipe, the next step is to tune it. This could not be further from the truth!

Tuning

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The biggest thing to stress about tuning is that only a small part of the process relies on the quality of your "ear." At the Dojo, we stress that logic and strategy are the biggest components to tuning your instrument, not a magic ability to hear whether or not it's in tune.

How to Play Piobaireachd Elements - Glossary

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