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Troubleshooting Corner: Motivation

Vin Janoski
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“How do I find the motivation to practice fundamentals?”
I think this question hits on the most difficult thing about learning Highland bagpipes. It’s not the music and it’s not playing or maintaining the instrument. It is practicing or, building the habits to practice.

Holiday Music Prep at Dojo University

Vin Janoski
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The Christmas holiday is around the corner! As is the tradition here in the US, and elsewhere I suppose, the approaching holiday also means non-stop Christmas music. Highland bagpipes are not the typical instrument associated with most Christmas music, but there are numerous Christmas carols and songs that can be played on the pipes to

"ASAP" Nuances in Mrs. John MacColl

Andrew Douglas
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ASAPs are Dojo U's way of talking about cut notes in light music. And, when it comes to playing ASAPs, there are indeed some nuances that are worth thinking about. Let's have a look at the 4th part nuances, and you'll undoubtedly have some ideas to "carry over" to your own repertoire as well.

Mind Hack: Productive Piping

Vin Janoski
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How do we stay productive during the months when it seems like practicing bagpipes is one of the last things we want to do each day? Many things in life demand our time and attention. At times, it will seem like bagpiping is at the back of a crowd, jumping and waving its arms to get noticed.

Illusions

David Lairson
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Close your eyes and touch the tip of your nose with your finger. Without looking at a clock, how long have you been reading this article? Place your hand under running water, is it hot or cold? Are you in pain, are you hungry, do you have to use the restroom? All these are senses in addition to the fab 5 and there are many others. The problem is senses can be fooled. When trying to learn, it’s good to know what’s going on in your head and how to use that to improve.