Course Name: Technique Development Class Name: Andrew Wright's Amazing Finger Dexterity Exercise Class Instructor: Andrew Douglas
Obviously bagpipes have to be in tune in order for people to want to listen to them. However, at least 90% of tuning problems are caused not by a lack of solid tuning technique, but by problems with the foundation of your instrument.
Open Dojo Session - Drone Reed Steadiness vs. Chanter Reeds Steadiness - Cameron MacFadyen - The Bagpipe as an Extension of your Self [Vintage]
In this class, we have a discussion about how drone reeds are less susceptible to blowing pressure changes than chanter reeds (on the assumption that your instrument is well-calibrated). Then, we hear Lee play some of Cameron MacFadyen on the practice chanter. Finally, a discussion on how the social mentality of our bands and pipe band associations can make it difficult to pursue the bagpipe as an extension of the Self.
When we have multiple strikes in a row, it might be time to go bi-lateral! Don't worry, this is a much easier concept than it sounds like. (It'll take a bit of practice, though!)
Rhythmic Accuracy is probably the most important bagpipe fundamental. While we need to strive for total rhythmic perfection, we have to also acknowledge that perfection is impossible! We discuss this paradox today... and there's a hidden challenge in here too! Be sure to tune in.