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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.

"Which Reeds are Right for My Bagpipes?"

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Choosing the “right” reeds is unique to you and your bagpipe.

Working With Synthetic Drone Reeds, Part 2

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The last fifteen years or so have seen an explosion of synthetic drone reed makes out on the market. The modern Highland bagpiper is not at a loss when choosing a make of reed that is suitable to personal bagpipe vintage or sound taste.

Working With Synthetic Drone Reeds, Part 1

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The last fifteen years or so have seen an explosion of synthetic drone reed makes out on the market. The modern Highland bagpiper is not at a loss when choosing a make of reed that is suitable to personal bagpipe vintage or sound taste.

5 Books that Will Crush Your Excuses and Help You Grow as a Piper

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Books (yes, books) still have the power to inspire and transform us in unexpected ways. Improvement just doesn’t come from staring at sheet music all the time, listening to piping recordings, or practicing.

Quit Your Unproductive Piping Habits

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We live in an age where “productivity” takes on an almost religious significance. After all we all want to strive for greater productivity, don’t we? We get more done, we’re more successful in our efforts, and we are more prosperous as a result, right?

The Immortal Chanter Reed?

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Question: How long should a good chanter reed last? What is your answer?

"What Is the Right Size Pipe Bag?"

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The “bag” of the bagpipe has the sole function to be a reservoir for a constant supply of air under pressure that keeps all reeds vibrating at optimum. Once upon a time, it was thought that the more air in the reservoir of the bag meant better sound. As a result, playing as big a

Better Bagpipes While You Sleep

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Learning Highland bagpipes can be demanding. Sometimes, in spite of all your efforts, you “plateau” or get stuck, never seeming to improve past what you’ve been struggling with.

Troubleshooting Corner: Hard Pipes

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“My Pipes Are Too Hard!”
You are blowing and moving your arm and wiggling your fingers just as you’ve been taught, only the sounds coming out are not what you know you are capable of producing, and you’re ready for your lungs to burst as you collapse into a puddle of sweat. Sound familiar?