It’s common for pipers to consider themselves a “wet” or “dry” blower. But calling yourself a “wet” blower or a “dry” blower is basically bagpiper jargon. Neither is true. No one expels wetter or dryer air than anyone else. Part I discussed what is really happening when things are “wet” or “dry.” In Part II we dive into the trouble and the solution.
Moisture problems in the bagpipe can be confusing. The bagpipe needs moisture in order to work at peak efficiency. Too much though, and problems occur. The external conditions whenever we are playing bagpipes are the same for everyone, yet the build up of moisture is not. So what is really going on?
Exercises are a good way to improve your embellishments. But basic exercises tend to be monotonous and it’s easy to lose focus. You may also find that something you can play well in an exercise becomes rough once you find it in a tune. An easy way to solve this problem is to find a tune that has a lot of the embellishments you want to practice.
Knowing a tune is good. Knowing a set is better. Being able to play a good sounding set that also lets you check the tuning on your pipes is the best. Having a good tune, or set, that allows you to make sure everything sounds correct, but you can also use to entertain, kills two birds with one stone and gives your repertoire depth.
Most of us love wearing the kilt. Dressing in our pipe band uniform or Scottish Highland wear fills us with pride. Pipers talk about how comfortable the kilt is, but I’ve never heard anyone say that about their ghillie brogues!
https://soundcloud.com/pipersdojo/209-focusing-on-tonal-production-has-to-come-before-you-focus-on-tuning-4212017 A second chunk of the Tuning Clinic we ran in April! In this session, we talked in extreme detail on how to produce a great bagpipe tone, and all of the components that come together to make it happen. A great listen for a rainy (or not so rainy) day. Psst - follow us
It's often said that bagpipe adjudicating can be a very subjective thing. Individual taste and personal opinion are often thought to play a part in a judge's final decision to greater and lesser degrees.
https://soundcloud.com/pipersdojo/208-practice-an-inch-wide-and-a-mile-deep-05102017 What's the best way to practice? In the span of our session, we want to focus on something small, and really "go deep" on that topic, so that we actually improve. A few minutes from my morning class here where I elaborate on this idea. Follow us on Instagram/Snapchat/Facebook/YouTube @pipersdojo!
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