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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.

Check-in With Your Bagpipe Goals

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Setting bagpiping goals can be a great way to focus your efforts. Trouble is, they take time, and we are not always the same people (or pipers) we were when we set them. Life changes, changes in priorities, personal growth, new inspiration, all of these things can have a way of interfering with our initial

Troubleshooting Corner: Motivation

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“How do I find the motivation to practice fundamentals?”
I think this question hits on the most difficult thing about learning Highland bagpipes. It’s not the music and it’s not playing or maintaining the instrument. It is practicing or, building the habits to practice.

Holiday Music Prep at Dojo University

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The Christmas holiday is around the corner! As is the tradition here in the US, and elsewhere I suppose, the approaching holiday also means non-stop Christmas music. Highland bagpipes are not the typical instrument associated with most Christmas music, but there are numerous Christmas carols and songs that can be played on the pipes to

5 Steps to More Fluent Music Reading

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How cool would it be to play bagpipe tunes on sight as easy as it is to read this post? Very cool, I would say. And there is a way. 

Mind Hack: Productive Piping

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How do we stay productive during the months when it seems like practicing bagpipes is one of the last things we want to do each day? Many things in life demand our time and attention. At times, it will seem like bagpiping is at the back of a crowd, jumping and waving its arms to get noticed.

Piping Resolution 1: Embrace the Disappointment

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There is a saying, used by several prominent figures over the years, including John F. Kennedy, “It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

"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.