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.
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
The next tune in the continuing series of Tunes of the First World War is also part of the mini-series on the Battle of the Somme. The tune “The 17th Royal Scots Crossing the Somme” brings out a strange bit of British military history that seems foreign today, the bantam regiment.
A bagpipe intensive weekend is often a great way to jump start your season. There are weekend workshops offered across the US in the first quarter of the year. Typically, the workshop will give you up to six sessions. You’ll go over a march in one, a strathspey and a reel in another, and one will surely cover a piobaireachd. Add a few sessions on maintenance and competition tips and you’ve got one productive weekend.
The next tune in this ongoing series of Tune of the First World War is also the first tune in a mini-series of tunes from Somme. The tune is “The Battle of the Somme” written by the great Pipe Major William Lawrie of the 1/8th Battalion (The Argyllshire) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
In Part 2 of this series, we learned about the equal temperament scale used by non-bagpipe tuners and why it would produce a chanter scale at odds with the presence of drones. We will now learn how to create a chanter scale that will harmonize with the drones.