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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.

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: Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band

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As we move deep into the major pipe band contests, here is a bit of vintage quality that was considered the top of the field in its day: Dysart & Dundonald at the 1974 World Pipe Band Championships. Bob Shepherd is at the helm for this 2nd place performance. Dysart was one of the more

Choosing Your Ideal Chanter Reed

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Once upon a time, choosing a good chanter reed was a lot like choosing ripe melons in a marketplace. You poked, squeezed, scrutinized, and fondled until you found the one that satisfied you, leaving a lot of underripe and rotten ones behind.

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?