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How to Use a Water Manometer to Find the Chanter Reed’s Sweet Spot

John Holcombe
A water manometer is an extremely useful tool that can help us to achieve several fundamental goals in piping, including blowing at the correct pressure for our chanter reed with calibrated drone reeds, and with steady blowing. This article will focus only on the first goal, blowing at the correct pressure. Subsequent articles will cover

Drone Reed Calibration—Wow, What a Difference!

Practicing Relaxation

Mark Olson
We are all too familiar with the "death grip." Our fingers go white and are almost glued to the chanter with stress. The thumb on our lower hand develops a divot and an imprint of the high A hole is tattooed into the pad of the thumb on our upper hand.

Practicing Slowly

Troubleshooting Corner: The Bass Drone

Vin Janoski
“I Can’t Get My Bass Drone in Tune.”
Tuning a bass drone can be troubling indeed for many new pipers. You may be at a point where you are able to “lock in” your tenor drones quite well, but you always seem to take a long time with the bass. You spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to get it “right,” making you want to toss your pipes into the fire. Don’t do that. It’s going to be OK.

The Thirteen Steps, Part IV