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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.

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.

Bagpipes in World War II, Part 1

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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, this is the story of two of them.

The Art of Self Analysis

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Everyone wants to be a better player, that’s why we practice. Being able to look at your own playing and see what works and what needs improvement is an art in itself. Even if you are working with an instructor you need to be able to objectively look at your own playing. Here are a few pointers that might help.

New Problems for Bagpipe Owners

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This past summer the rules governing the sale and importation of antique ivory, a major component in a lot of old sets of bagpipes, were changed/clarified. Now, to add to these rules, bagpipers have to worry about the main component of bagpipes, the wood.

Keeping a Germ-Free Bagpipe

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You may have seen the viral news story of the so called "bagpipe lung." Apart from this not being a real thing, What it boils down to is a man in the UK contracted a rare infection that might have been caused by an unclean bagpipe bag. Whether or not this is true it raises the issue of keeping bagpipes clean and free of disease.