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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.

The 17th Royal Scots Crossing the Somme

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The next tune in the continuing series of Tunes of the First World War is also part of the mini-series on the Battle of the Somme. The tune “The 17th Royal Scots Crossing the Somme” brings out a strange bit of British military history that seems foreign today, the bantam regiment.

The Battle of the Somme

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The next tune in this ongoing series of Tune of the First World War is also the first tune in a mini-series of tunes from Somme. The tune is “The Battle of the Somme” written by the great Pipe Major William Lawrie of the 1/8th Battalion (The Argyllshire) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Lake Tanganyika

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The next tune in the continuing series on Pipe Tunes of the First World War is “Lake Tanganyika.” This tune commemorates one of the strangest battles of the First World War. It again shows that it truly was a "World War."

Ear Protection for the Bagpiper, Part 3

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Hearing is the most important tool we have as bagpipers. Being able to tell if your bagpipes are in tune, to hear if you are playing in time with the rest of the band, even to hear the judge compliment your playing (hopefully.) Part 1 of this article discussed the mechanics of hearing and how damage occurs. Part 2 discussed how sound interacts with the ear and how best to protect it. In Part 3 we review a few different types of available ear plugs for musicians.

Ear Protection for the Bagpiper, Part 2

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When selecting hearing protecting it is important to understand how humans hear sounds. Part 1 of this series discussed a the mechanics of hearing and how damage can occur. In Part 2 we will look at what we hear and the best way to protect it.

Ear Protection for the Bagpiper, Part 1

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

Festubert

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This next tune in the continuing series of Pipe Tunes of the First World War is “Festubert.” This slow march commemorates the Battle of Festubert, part of a larger action in France during May of 1915.

The Seven Heroes of Moeuvres

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he next tune in our continuing series of Tunes of the First World War takes us to the end of the war, during the Hundred Days Offensive. The tune, “The Seven Heroes of Moeuvres” commemorates a small, almost forgotten event in the war that shows the valor of the Highland troops.

Crafting Great Tuning Sets

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Knowing a tune is good. Knowing a set is better. Being able to play a good sounding set that also lets you check the tuning on your pipes is the best. Having a good tune, or set, that allows you to make sure everything sounds correct, but you can also use to entertain, kills two birds with one stone and gives your repertoire depth.