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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.

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).

Bagpipe Audit: Five Steps to a “5”

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The toil of building your tunes and honing your piping skills has moved along at a consistent pace. You’ve dutifully attended your lessons and various Dojo U sessions. You might finally be satisfied with your delivery of a tune or three. After weeks of work, the music is starting to sound OK and your efforts

Become an Incredible Piper

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Some years ago, I once heard a podcast interview with someone who was explaining the benefits of getting outside of one’s comfort zone. “Comfort zone” for him (and anyone) is living a life free from interference from the fears that stalk us. His method was to do things that confront fear head on and were

“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

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.

5 Tips to Find Good Bagpipe Music

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How many of us have heard an exciting bagpipe performance or some Celtic folk band and thought: “What is the name of that tune? I must learn and play it!”

2017 Pipe Band Championships: MacMillan Pipe Band

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Here is the USA's MacMillan Pipe Band taking the field in their Grade 2 qualifying heat at the 2017 Worlds. A strong performance for the band on this outing, which just left them shy of qualifying in eighth place in a formidable heat.

2017 World Pipe Band Championships: City of Dunedin

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Florida’s City of Dunedin Pipe Band in their qualifying medley performance in the Grade 2. This performance earned them a first place in their heat, where the top six from two heats went on to an MSR final. You can watch the entirety of this heat at the RSPBA's YouTube channel here. City of Dunedin

World Pipe Band Championship 2017

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The whirlwind of another World Pipe Band Championships has passed and the dust has settled, and Inverary & District are in possession of the “spike” and this year's Champion of Champions. Great performances by the band and congratulations to Dojo U master Andrew Douglas! Here are the links for the Friday qualifiers and Saturday’s final