Some pipers think that it is really hard to play fast, but they’re wrong. It’s very easy to play fast, even at a tempo that comes close to matching that of Stuart Liddell. Thus, a fast tempo is really no problem at all.
Patience is bitter, but its fruits are sweet. Speaking of eating, have you ever bitten off more than you can chew? Maybe you over-booked your calendar, resulting in not doing a single thing well all day long! Maybe you "multi-tasked" doing the dishes and cleaning the living room (and watching Ellen) at the same time,
Chanter reeds with missing corners, splits, or chipped blade edges. Black mold spots. Discolored blades. All of these things can be seen in the hands of pipers from time to time. Know this: None of these things will happen if your chanter reed is cared for properly.
The general degree of difficulty in a bagpipe tune is typically gauged by the frequency of certain technique relative to the note groupings and timings, as well as frequency of finger and hand changes within musical beats. The concentration of these aspects puts a demand on the player’s mastery of certain fundamental skills. High fundamental
ALAP and ASAP are acronyms. ASAP stands for As Long As [Musically] Possible (ALAP). ASAP stands for As Short As [Musically] Possible (ASAP).
ALAP/ASAP is a method for learning and teaching “dot-cut” rhythms, dotted eighth notes followed by a sixteenth note, on the Highland Bagpipe.
Do you recall the frustration, as a beginner piper, being told to play the music as it is written, but then told to “hold” certain notes longer than others? It takes some time and experience to understand and to appreciate that the music for the bagpipes is not often “played as written”, especially when the music involves “dotted and cut” notes. It's important to understand what this really means if you expect to get more musicality out of your playing.