Do you recall the frustration, as a beginner piper, being told to play the music as it is written, but then told to “hold” certain notes longer than others? It takes some time and experience to understand and to appreciate that the music for the bagpipes is not often “played as written”, especially when the music involves “dotted and cut” notes. It's important to understand what this really means if you expect to get more musicality out of your playing.
The “bag” of the bagpipe has the sole function to be a reservoir for a constant supply of air under pressure that keeps all reeds vibrating at optimum. Once upon a time, it was thought that the more air in the reservoir of the bag meant better sound. As a result, playing as big a