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The Iron Division

David Lairson
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The next tune in our continuing series on the Pipe Tunes of the First World War is “The Iron Division” by the great Pipe Major G.S. McLennan. This tune is also a little different from the other tunes that we have focused on. This tune does not commemorate an individual person, event, or battle. Instead, this tune is about a whole infantry division.

The Highland Heroes of Mons

Troubleshooting Corner: The Bass Drone

Vin Janoski
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“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

Troubleshooting Corner: The Strike-In

Vin Janoski
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“How do I make sure I don’t mess up my strike-in?”
This is a common question and worry for the band piper. The ubiquitous “attack,” that instantaneous and simultaneous drone sound and subsequent “E,” is a crucial part of a band’s performance. A smooth strike-in by every piper is essential. The answer to this troubleshooting question though is not just something the band player should care about.

"Which Reeds are Right for My Bagpipes?"