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    Bagpipers and the Victoria Cross

    David Lairson 0
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    The Victoria Cross is the highest military award for members of the armed forces of the Commonwealth countries. This award is given for valor in the face of the enemy of the “most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valor or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.” We are going to look at three bagpipers who have won this award.

    BEGINNERS

    Troubleshooting Corner: The Bass Drone

    Vin Janoski 0
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    “I Can’t Get My Bass Drone in Tune.”

    Tuning a bass drone can be troubling indeed for many new pipers. You may be at a point where you are able to “lock in” your tenor drones quite well, but you always seem to take a long time with the bass. You spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to get it “right,” making you want to toss your pipes into the fire. Don’t do that. It’s going to be OK.

    TECHNIQUE & THEORY

    Learn a New Tune the Dojo Way

    John Holcombe 0
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    When first looking at a new tune, how many of us get out our practice chanter, take a few deep breaths, and start plowing our way through the entire first part, or goodness knows, the entire tune? It’s a new tune, so it must be OK to sound a bit sloppy at first, right? Those embellishments will come around over time, I’m sure, after I’ve played the tune a few hundred times. And besides, I’m so good already that I don’t need to use a metronome! Unfortunately, these statements describe too many novice and intermediate level pipers. So, let’s take a look at a logical, proven, and reliable way to approach a new tune.

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        Better Bagpiping in Midlife

        Vin Janoski 0
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        A new study has found that moderately vigorous physical activity in midlife leads to better cognition in old age.