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Banjo Breakdown - Part 3

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A few twisty bits in this part, but otherwise follows a very predictable "compositional structure." Can you guess what I mean by that? Just learn a few quick bars, and the rest will take care of itself!

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The Perfect Parade Tune-up Routine - Part 3 (Adverse Conditions)

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So, now that we have the basics of our perfect tune-up down - what do we do when the conditions are tough? Here's a hint - stick to the game plan! Just make minor adjustments for the environment.

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Dalnahassaig (with Glenn Brown)

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A great two parted strathspey, taught by Glenn Brown. Here, we also talk a little bit about what makes great strathspey playing. Don't miss out on this great wee tune, with a great wee lesson built in!

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The G.S. McLennan Experience - Part 2 (with Robert Mathieson)

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Today, we're not just going to learn a tune by the great G.S. McLennan, we're going to experience what his compositions are really all about. Don't miss out on this amazing hand-crafted content by the great Robert Mathieson.

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Banjo Breakdown - Part 3

Andrew Douglas 0

A few twisty bits in this part, but otherwise follows a very predictable "compositional structure." Can you guess what I mean by that? Just learn a few quick bars, and the rest will take care of itself!

BEGINNERS

The Importance of Seating Chanter Reeds

Mark Olson 0

I had just received a box of new reeds from a reputable reed maker. I was anxious to try them as I had a batch from another reed maker, also reputable, that weren’t, in my estimation, up to snuff. I tried the new reeds and, much to my dismay, they, too, sounded bad. I couldn’t achieve a true octave when played on the pipes.

The answer, as it turns out, was simple.

TECHNIQUE & THEORY

The Importance of Seating Chanter Reeds

Mark Olson 0

I had just received a box of new reeds from a reputable reed maker. I was anxious to try them as I had a batch from another reed maker, also reputable, that weren’t, in my estimation, up to snuff. I tried the new reeds and, much to my dismay, they, too, sounded bad. I couldn’t achieve a true octave when played on the pipes.

The answer, as it turns out, was simple.

PREMIUM CONTENT

Double Echoes (D through High G)

Callum Beaumont 0

Double echoes, sometimes said to resemble the sound of the pipes echoing in the highlands, are an iconic piece of Piobaireachd technique. They span three key melody notes, as you'll see in the demonstration.

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The Importance of Seating Chanter Reeds

Mark Olson 0

I had just received a box of new reeds from a reputable reed maker. I was anxious to try them as I had a batch from another reed maker, also reputable, that weren’t, in my estimation, up to snuff. I tried the new reeds and, much to my dismay, they, too, sounded bad. I couldn’t achieve a true octave when played on the pipes.

The answer, as it turns out, was simple.

FUNDAMENTALS

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Embellishments
Embellishments Dojo Fundamentals Bagpipe Setup Piobaireachd

How to Play Embellishments - Glossary

Grip

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This is a three step "Low G Oriented" embellishment found commonly in light music tunes, and in Piobaireachd.

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

Double Echoes (D through High G)

Callum Beaumont 0
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Double echoes, sometimes said to resemble the sound of the pipes echoing in the highlands, are an iconic piece of Piobaireachd technique. They span three key melody notes, as you'll see in the demonstration.

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