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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.

Better Bagpiping in Midlife

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A new study has found that moderately vigorous physical activity in midlife leads to better cognition in old age.

Throwback Thursday: Vale of Atholl Pipe Band

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Here is a performance by the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band playing “Steam Train to Mallaig,” a highlight of their 1996 concert CD release “Live n’Well.” Once upon a time, piping folk would pilgrimage to the pre-Worlds concert in Motherwell, Scotland, long before Piping Live! and the classy digs of the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall.

Enhance Your Memory

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We’ve all had them. Memory lapses while playing. You hit the third part of your march and draw a blank. An inability to recall the start of a tune you want to play. How do you overcome those moments and what can you do to make sure they never happen?

Troubleshooting Corner: Overblowing

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“I keep overblowing (or underblowing) my pipes.”
This is a common complaint for folks either new to the bagpipes or a bit on in their experience.

Stronger Body, Stronger Brain, Better Piper

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Playing Highland bagpipes is a physical experience. To become better players, we often work to develop the the physical mechanics of playing the instrument. But how many pipers think that working out our brains can make us better players as well?

Learning to Listen

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The World Pipe Band Championships is the ideal venue to hear pipe bands at their best. Bands build their performances throughout the year to peak at just the right time in August so that all things fall into place for Glasgow Green. So, how do the judges pick winners?

The Best Recording Equipment for Your Bagpiping

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Do you record your bagpipe practices and/or performances? Recording is essential for the musician. Not doing so is kind of like a painter finishing a canvas and then burning it after the last brush stroke, never to see it again. Why would you do that?

Troubleshooting Corner: The Bass Drone

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“I Can’t Get My Bass Drone in Tune.”
Tuning a bass drone can be troubling indeed for many new pipers. You may be at a point where you are able to “lock in” your tenor drones quite well, but you always seem to take a long time with the bass. You spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to get it “right,” making you want to toss your pipes into the fire. Don’t do that. It’s going to be OK.

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.