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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.

Bagadou Championship 2018

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The Breton Bagad championships in Brest, Brittany are the annual kickoff of the championship season for Breton Bagadou. Breton Bagad performances are always a musical treat, with ensembles comprised of traditional Breton bagpipes, bombardes, Highland bagpipes, and various additional woodwinds and percussion. In a unique twist, each year, the Bagads present a traditional and modern

Dojo U Instructors Make Big Showing at the Metro Cup II

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Nothing brushes away the winter doldrums better than great bagpiping.

Learning about Sound

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Josh Comeau, a developer at Khan Academy has put together an excellent online tutorial about sound waves and how they work. It’s worth a few minutes to read through and play with the tools. This is a great primer for bagpipers toward a better understanding of the qualities of harmonics and what makes a bagpipe

Dojo Instructors Make Big Showing at the Metro Cup

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Nothing brushes away the winter doldrums better than great bagpiping.

Bagpipe Like an Olympian

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The Olympics are considered a display of peak athletic performance. The best athletes collect to compete on snow, turf, ice, grass, court, and track. It's an inspirational display of athletics and human physical achievement. As with any intense activity (including bagpiping), Olympic athletes suffer through the same mental barriers when trying to stay motivated, keep improving, and attain personal goals.

5 Things to Get You Ready for the Piping Season

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The bagpipe competition season begins. If solo or band competition is your thing, now is a good time to take stock and prepare.

"How Do I Care for a Chanter Reed?"

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Chanter reeds with missing corners, splits, or chipped blade edges. Black mold spots. Discolored blades. All of these things can be seen in the hands of pipers from time to time. Know this: None of these things will happen if your chanter reed is cared for properly.

Pro Tip: Seal the Deal

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There comes a time in every bagpiper’s life when the winds of change blow and he or she must gather the courage to face up to the end…of your pipe bag. Yes, inevitably one will see the end of your current bag’s life and be forced to switch to something new.

The Secrets to Piping Success

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Making the jump to a higher competitive grade or a new improved level of playing the Highland bagpipes can mean certain setbacks, frustrations, and failure for some as the demands and challenges overcome them. Does it mean a lapse in nuts-and-bolts fundamentals when that happens? Is a focus on fundamentals really enough to propel us forward?