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The Myth of Steady Blowing [Vintage]

The Myth of Steady Blowing [Vintage]


In this class, we talk about the myth that steady blowing is your primary goal when blowing your pipes. There's actually something far more important to focus on, and steady blowing will be but the icing on the cake!

Date of Original Live Class: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 at 7:30am
Course Name: Technique Development
Class Name: The Myth of Steady Blowing
Class Instructor: Andrew Douglas

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Andrew Douglas Andrew is a prolific practitioner of the bagpipe, having been active at the highest level of pipe bands, solo competition, teaching, and creative endeavors for the past 20 years. He's also the founder and creator of Dojo U and of PipersDojo.com


    1. Hi Fred - we do not. We do encourage people to gradually build strength over time, but the strength of the reed is not as important as the quality of the tone one gets out of it.

      I'd love to go all the way into this at some point with you! Could you ever sign on for an open session?

      All the best!

  1. I guess I could have asked that in a better way. Are the harmonics of a strong reed played at its sweet spot better than an easy reed played at its sweet spot?

    Will try for an open session. Haven't got the hang of the schedule and the 3 hour time difference. It is better than the eight from Scotland.

    Thanks, Fred

    1. Hi Fred -
      It's a great question. The harmonics, I would say, may or may not be better with a stronger reed. Usually, there's more volume on a harder reed, which makes this ideal for band playing and for general "impact," but, most top soloists will sacrifice volume for an easy-to-blow, "mellow" sound (and still very rich in harmonics regardless of the fact that it's easier) that can be produced really nicely from an easier reed.
      I hope this helps!
      Best, Andrew D