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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.

Troubleshooting Corner: Hard Pipes

How to Thread a Drone Reed Seat

John Holcombe
One of the biggest fears some pipers have is that one of their drone reeds will suddenly come out of its reed seat and fall into the pipebag, leaving you with no ability to play. If this ever happens, trust me here, it will occur during one of your most important performances. But there is a way to totally eliminate the possibility of a drone reed becoming dislodged, and that is to “thread” the reed seat using a commonly found tool.

Drone Reed Calibration—Wow, What a Difference!

As You Improve, Slow Down

Mark Olson
You've logged more than a few hours practicing. The desk has a little bit of wear where you set the sole of your practice chanter. Your gracenotes are becoming tidy. Your embellishments are becoming consistent and crisp. Your natural inclination is to reach over to the metronome and crank the dial up. Stop! You still can reap the benefits of practicing slowly.

Visualizing ALAP/ASAP—Part 3

James Scott Skinner

Mark Olson
There have been, over the years, many great composers of bagpipe music. Many of the great composers were also pipers. George Stewart McLennan, for example, was a master at ceol beag and was known as “the king of pipers.” McLennan’s compositions include notable tunes such as "Dancing Feet," "The Jig of Slurs," "Inveran," "The Little Cascade," and "The Strathspey King." The latter tune was written in honor of James Scott Skinner.

The Gladstone and John MacColl's Reel - J. Scott Skinner Tunes [Vintage]