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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.

Confidence Is a Bad Thing

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Every now and then an idea comes along that seems too wrong to be right but makes so much more sense the more you look into it. “Confidence is a bad thing” is one of those ideas.

Awesome Piping Inspiration for $5

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What can $5 get you these days? A fancy coffee? A slice of pizza? Well, venturing over to Apple's iTunes, that much money can buy you some vintage piping inspiration.

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.

"Which Is Better, a Synthetic or Hide 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.

Your Dose of Piping Inspiration: Angus MacColl at Celtic Connections

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Get your folk on with this video from the 2016 “Just for Gordon” concert at Celtic Connections. Angus MacColl plays with Ross Kennedy.

Set “Anti-Goals” for a Fresh Piping Perspective

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Highland bagpipe is rife with things that must be learned in order to play well. As with any big task, setting goals for yourself to keep things moving and improving is a given. Formal goal-setting is a tactic can work but, sometimes, thinking too much of what your ultimate achievement or goal is can overwhelm you when you think of the amount of work to get you there.

Better Bagpipes by Doing Nothing

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The brain is an interesting piece of biology. It is also arguably the most important piece of equipment we use when learning Highland bagpipes. If we can gain better understanding of how it works, we can leverage that to our advantage.

Your Dose of Piping Inspiration

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Stuart Liddell casually laying it down as he demos the new “Argyll” pipe chanter at this year’s Piping Live!.

Embrace Your Inner Piping Judge

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There are those who would claim Highland piping is difficult. It may be, but perfecting a crunluath a-mach is nothing compared to the task of perfecting your own self-critiquing skills.