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Vin Janoski

Vin Janoski
Vin is a long-time piper based on the east coast of the USA. He has been on the Executive Committee of the EUSPBA and been the editor of the acclaimed Voice magazine. Recently, he has played in the Grade 1 Oran Mor Pipe Band, and the Grade 1 Stuart Highlanders pipe band. He currently produces the websites Pipehacker.com and WhiskyTunes.com.... And, needless to say, he spends way too much time than is allowed for any one person playing, writing about, and thinking about bagpiping.

Troubleshooting Corner: The Strike-In

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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.

Throwback Thursday: Piping Live! 2008

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Here is a Ryan Canning in his pre-Shotts and Dykehead PM days tossing it up on the National Piping Centre's Street Cafe during the 2008 Piping Live! festival.

Embrace Your Inner Piping Judge

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There are those who would claim Highland piping is difficult. It may be, but perfecting a crunluath a-mach is nothing compared to the task of perfecting your own self-critiquing skills.

Your Imaginary Piper

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How many of us wish we had more personal time to practice our music? Are you a bagpiper or drummer who is constantly pressured to find the time in a busy life to schedule regular, consistent rehearsal to learn new music, or practice your current repertoire? Engaging in mental practice sessions is something that can fit into even the busiest of schedules, and give the additional time we crave.

Develop the Practice Habit—Part 2

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Let’s say you had a question about, well, anything. These days, all of us will automatically move to our phones or keyboards and consult Google for the information. We just do it. We never think, “Oh, I don’t feel like typing in a query to Google, I’ll do it tomorrow.” But that is the way pipers will treat sitting down to learn a new tune, or improving their technique.

More Seasonal Piping Inspiration

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The Glenfiddich Piping Championships is probably considered the most prestigious solo piping competition of the modern day. Only the most successful solo pipers of any given year are invited to play, thus guaranteeing one will only hear the highest quality musical performances. Once upon a time, the Glenfiddich saw fit to record some of these

Develop the Practice Habit

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What is the most difficult aspect of learning bagpipes or pipe band drumming? It’s not the music and it’s not playing or maintaining the instrument. It is practicing or, building the habits to practice.

The Perfect Piping Stranglehold

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Modern times have squeezed just about every drop of time we might have to devote to, well, just about anything. Often, we are pressed for time to do everything whether it is one's job, one's hobbies, or one's family life and activities. There is also high pressure to perform well or perfectly at all of

Your Seasonal Piping Inspiration

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Wait...Are those birds chirping? Has spring finally arrived? That means it's time to be past the cold weather and get to fighting weight with our piping as the competition season approaches.