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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

How to Find Your Perfect Practice Tempo

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Do you play your tunes too fast so you can’t hear your mistakes?  Or maybe you always keep the metronome at the same easy tempo for every practice session?  How do you know what tempo to choose to improve your playing?

Do I (Actually) Want a Blair Digital Chanter?

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Do you have a Digital Chanter on your wish list this year?  Not sure if the Blair Digital Chanter is the right one?  What makes it different from the other electronic chanters out there?  Is it worth it? Andrew not only explains how the Blair Digital Chanter works, but also shares his experience adjusting the

Bagpipe Planner - Live Class (with Andrew Douglas)

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The class starts with some helpful information about playing the pipes in the cold. Then transistions into a discussion of the bagpipe planner and how to get the most out of your practice planning.  

What NOT To Do When Piping in the Cold

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Scheduled to play a parade in November? In Canada?  Preparing for that graveside memorial and the temperature takes a nosedive?  How do you play in cold temperatures and stay in tune?  Most pipers have been given the wrong advice!

Gracenote Quality - Live Class (with Andrew Douglas)

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Andrew lectures on the important aspects of gracenote quality and technique. Join in to learn more about the details of getting great gracenote quality.  

One Simple Issue That Makes Your Bagpipe Playing Sound Mushy

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You are playing the right notes, you’ve worked on eliminating crossing noises, you play with a metronome, and you accurately play all rhythms, but your tune still doesn’t sound crisp and clean. And you can’t bring your tunes up to band tempo. What’s wrong?

Tonal Quality - Live Class (with Andrew Douglas)

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Andrew goes into depth on the concept of tonal quality and all the factors that go into creating the best sound on your bagpipe.  

Why You Can’t Just “Blow Tone”

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Have you been told to blow tone or blow steady?  Does your chanter reed cut out or squeal?  Is it hard for you to tune your drones to your chanter?  Does this whole concept of great tone seem ambiguous?

The Primary Key To Making a Tune a Joy to Play

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Did you enjoy your last bagpipe performance?  Was it meaningful to you as well as the audience?  Did you have complete control over the delivery of that tune and your instrument?