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Open Dojo Session - Drone Reed Steadiness vs. Chanter Reeds Steadiness - Cameron MacFadyen - The Bagpipe as an Extension of your Self [Vintage]

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In this class, we have a discussion about how drone reeds are less susceptible to blowing pressure changes than chanter reeds (on the assumption that your instrument is well-calibrated). Then, we hear Lee play some of Cameron MacFadyen on the practice chanter. Finally, a discussion on how the social mentality of our bands and pipe band associations can make it difficult to pursue the bagpipe as an extension of the Self.

Open Dojo Session - Advanced Manometer Use for Calibration - Captain Colin Campbell Critique [Vintage]

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Special thanks to John, Lee, and Bill for their great questions today! First: How do you use a manometer to help you calibrate your drone reeds? Answer: Use the manometer to find your maximum blowing deviation, and then make sure your drones shut off at that point. Next, we look at Lee's updated strathspey, which has improved greatly.

Open Dojo Session - Just Because it Sounds Like a D Throw Doesn't Mean it is a D Throw [Vintage]

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In this class, we talk at length about building fundamentals, and the issue of having actual control over ALL of what we play. Remember, just because an audience perceives music as being in control doesn't mean that it actually is! We need to develop control and adaptability into our playing so that we can always be continuing to evolve as musicians.