Josh Comeau, a developer at Khan Academy has put together an excellent online tutorial about sound waves and how they work. It’s worth a few minutes to read through and play with the tools. This is a great primer for bagpipers toward a better understanding of the qualities of harmonics and what makes a bagpipe
In this part of the continuing series about bagpipe tunes of the First World War we are going to discuss the tune the “1/5th Seaforth Highlanders Welcome to France.” This is a jaunty, 2/4 tune written by Corporal H. Gammock of the 1/5 Seaforth Highlanders. This tune gives us a great opportunity to discus the role of the Territorial Forces in the First World War.
The Olympics are considered a display of peak athletic performance. The best athletes collect to compete on snow, turf, ice, grass, court, and track. It's an inspirational display of athletics and human physical achievement. As with any intense activity (including bagpiping), Olympic athletes suffer through the same mental barriers when trying to stay motivated, keep improving, and attain personal goals.
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.
In this part of the ongoing series on bagpipe tunes of the First World War we are going to discuss “Major MacRae’s Farewell to the 72nd Highlanders.” This celebrates the great Brevet-Major John MacRae, D.S.O. of the 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders.
There comes a time in every bagpiper’s life when the winds of change blow and he or she must gather the courage to face up to the end…of your pipe bag. Yes, inevitably one will see the end of your current bag’s life and be forced to switch to something new.