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Uncovering the Dangerous Psychological Pitfall in Steady Blowing

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Blowing steadily and consistently at the chanter reed’s sweet spot is a learned task. Involves mastering a “trifecta” of skills: Identifying the exact pressure we want to blow steadily at, well-coordinated physical blowing skills, and the ability to avoid mental blowing anomalies caused by our brains as we try to navigate the difficult fingerwork of

How to Improve Blowing Steadiness

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

John Holcombe
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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!