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Andrew Douglas

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

Q&A - Live Class Part 3 (with Andrew Douglas)

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Andrew answers questions about vintage pipes sound quality, moisture control and its affect on sound, reed strength and more.  

Are Some Drone Reeds Less Efficient Than Others?

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Have you changed drone reeds and found one set takes more air?  Is it the drone reed or are there other factors?  How can we test our drone reeds?

Calling Poly Piping Peeps!

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Do you have a set of poly pipes?  What is the best set up if they are your primary set or your backups?

Are Your Bagpipes a Money Pit?

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If you are serious about playing pipes, how much should you consider spending on piping?  Chanters, reeds, pipe bags, and private instruction all add up.  Is the cost reasonable?

Bridging the Gap Between Old and New Chanters

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Do you need to buy a new chanter to play with a band?  Can your old chanter match the new poly band chanters?  Can a band sound amazing with all different chanters?

Andrew has a surprising answer to this question.

Is Circular Breathing Necessary?

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Have you tried circular breathing?  Do you need to know how to circular breathe to become a better piper?

The Keto Diet - Live Class (with Andrew Douglas)

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Andrew talks about how to approach your dojo week to get the most out of your experience here. Then he talks about defining tonal quality and how to work to achieve it. Come on in!  

Gracenote Quality - Live Class Part 2 (with Andrew Douglas)

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Andrew discusses the duration of notes as a product of gracenotes, their placement and their quality.  

Bagpipes Are Not For The Faint of Heart

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Why do you play bagpipes?  Is it because they draw a crowd?  Is it for the mental challenge?