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Vin Janoski

Vin Janoski
Vin is a long-time piper based on the east coast of the USA. He has been on the Executive Committee of the EUSPBA and been the editor of the acclaimed Voice magazine. Recently, he has played in the Grade 1 Oran Mor Pipe Band, and the Grade 1 Stuart Highlanders pipe band. He currently produces the websites Pipehacker.com and WhiskyTunes.com.... And, needless to say, he spends way too much time than is allowed for any one person playing, writing about, and thinking about bagpiping.

Bagpipe Like an Olympian

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The Olympics are considered a display of peak athletic performance. The best athletes collect to compete on snow, turf, ice, grass, court, and track. It's an inspirational display of athletics and human physical achievement. As with any intense activity (including bagpiping), Olympic athletes suffer through the same mental barriers when trying to stay motivated, keep improving, and attain personal goals.

5 Things to Get You Ready for the Piping Season

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The bagpipe competition season begins. If solo or band competition is your thing, now is a good time to take stock and prepare.

"How Do I Care for a Chanter Reed?"

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Chanter reeds with missing corners, splits, or chipped blade edges. Black mold spots. Discolored blades. All of these things can be seen in the hands of pipers from time to time. Know this: None of these things will happen if your chanter reed is cared for properly.

Pro Tip: Seal the Deal

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There comes a time in every bagpiper’s life when the winds of change blow and he or she must gather the courage to face up to the end…of your pipe bag. Yes, inevitably one will see the end of your current bag’s life and be forced to switch to something new.

The Secrets to Piping Success

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Making the jump to a higher competitive grade or a new improved level of playing the Highland bagpipes can mean certain setbacks, frustrations, and failure for some as the demands and challenges overcome them. Does it mean a lapse in nuts-and-bolts fundamentals when that happens? Is a focus on fundamentals really enough to propel us forward?

“How Do I Know When a Tune is 'Too Difficult'?”

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The general degree of difficulty in a bagpipe tune is typically gauged by the frequency of certain technique relative to the note groupings and timings, as well as frequency of finger and hand changes within musical beats. The concentration of these aspects puts a demand on the player’s mastery of certain fundamental skills. High fundamental

Good Bagpipe Sound IS Moisture Control—PART II

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It’s common for pipers to consider themselves a “wet” or “dry” blower. But calling yourself a “wet” blower or a “dry” blower is basically bagpiper jargon. Neither is true. No one expels wetter or dryer air than anyone else. Part I discussed what is really happening when things are “wet” or “dry.” In Part II we dive into the trouble and the solution.

Good Bagpipe Sound IS Moisture Control—Part I

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Moisture problems in the bagpipe can be confusing. The bagpipe needs moisture in order to work at peak efficiency. Too much though, and problems occur. The external conditions whenever we are playing bagpipes are the same for everyone, yet the build up of moisture is not. So what is really going on?

Small Milestones for Your Sound

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Producing an excellent, quality sound on your bagpipe should be a worthy goal for every piper whether you’re starting out, have a few tunes under your belt, or are an experienced vet in the piping trenches. A water manometer is certainly a vital tool to help you along in this process. Here at Dojo U