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David Lairson

David Lairson
David has been playing the bagpipes for over 20 years. He is an instructor and soloist with the Palm Beach Pipes & Drums and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band. David is active in the Florida competition circuit, and when he is not practicing or playing he works as a computer technician. He currently lives in sunny South Florida.

Protecting Your Ears—Part 1

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Our ears are the most important tool we have when playing the bagpipes.

"What Is a Crunluath?"

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A crunluath is a movement of embellishment that is found in most piobaireachd.

Iain Dall MacKay

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Iain Dall MacKay holds an important place in the history of piping. Considered one of bagpiping's greatest composers, he is known to have authored at least 30 piobaireachds. Iain Dall had the distinction of being both piper and bard to the chief of the MacKenzies, an astonishing feat for the time.

Admitting Your Mistakes

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When you fail at something, or make a mistake, or come in last place in a competition, it’s easy to want to hide from it. Nobody has to know about it. You can put it in a dark little corner in your mind that only you know about. You only want people to know about the things you do well. Right? The problem is that failure is a way to learn. If you don’t admit to the failure, you don’t learn the whole lesson.

Patrick Mor MacCrimmon

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The MacCrimmon family, the Hereditary Pipers of Clan MacLeod, produced many great pipers and are credited with a tremendous historical influence on the art of piobaireachd. The most influential member of the family was Donald Mor MacCrimmon. Patrick Mor, one of Donald Mor’s sons, who followed his father as Hereditary Piper, was known as a great player and composer.

Music Tells a Story

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All music tells a story of some sort. Bagpipe music, especially piobaireachd, can have a rich history and meaning. While the appreciation of these stories has declined over the years there was once a time when a simple tune could save a life.

Improve Your Fingerwork With the Unorthodox

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As much as we would like to, we can’t practice all the time. Working to improve your playing everyday is important. With only so many hours in the day time on the practice chanter and bagpipes can be limited. However, there are things you can do to help improve your playing and pick up other skills at the same time.

Quick Manometer Tips and Tricks

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If you've taken Dojo University classes on sound production, you'll know that a manometer is one of the things you need. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of this useful tool.

Bagpipes in World War II, Part 2

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The role of bagpipes on the front lines of war came to an end after the First World War. The high death toll inflicted on pipers relegated them to duty behind the front line in the camps. However there are always people who defy the rules. Part 1 of this article talked about Bill Millin, the famous piper of D-Day. In Part 2, we'll talk about "Mad Jack" Churchill.