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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.

Who Were the 25th KOSB's?

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Not to be confused with King's Own Royal Border Regiment, the King's Own Scottish Borderers was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Scottish Division. Recently, the regiment was amalgamated with the Royal Scots, the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment), the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment),

Harness Your Piping Progress Through Slow Practice

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The old adage from the fable The Tortoise and the Hare is that “slow and steady wins the race.” This is an idea that can have a big impact on your bagpipe playing.

Circular Breathing on the Practice Chanter: In Under 10 Minutes!

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There is probably no piper anywhere who can play through an entire four-parted 2/4 march, or even a two-parter, in a single breath on the practice chanter without needing an intake of air or three to keep going (nevermind an entire piobaireachd).

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: Piping Live! 2008 III

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Before two albums of great original music, James Duncan MacKenzie was just a wee lad tearing it up for the Pipe Idol competition on the Street Cafe stage at the 2008 Piping Live! festival.

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.

A Piping Lesson from Genghis Khan

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The legend of Genghis Khan is notorious, even to this day. The image of the barbarous, Mongol hordes washing across continents raping, plundering, and killing has been immortalized in history, movies, and art. But such a strong individual as Genghis Khan can teach us and thing or two…about bagpipes.

Throwback Thursday: Piping Live! 2008 II

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Chris Armstrong, current PM of Scottish Power, makes his appearance on the National Piping Centre's Street Cafe stage at the 2008 Piping Live! festival with some strathspeys and reels.

Troubleshooting Corner: The Strike-In

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“How do I make sure I don’t mess up my strike-in?”
This is a common question and worry for the band piper. The ubiquitous “attack,” that instantaneous and simultaneous drone sound and subsequent “E,” is a crucial part of a band’s performance. A smooth strike-in by every piper is essential. The answer to this troubleshooting question though is not just something the band player should care about.