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    Small Tunes Podcast: “Collin the Piper”

    Friday, October 31, 2014

    No Samhain celebration is complete without a spooky story and a tune. Today’s Small Tunes podcast is a tale that brings together a bagpiper, a puca, and Angus…

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    Small Tunes Podcast: “Kilmartin Castle”

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    Today’s tune is an inviting quick march “Kilmartin Castle,” composed in the late nineteenth century by Donald Campbell. The real Kilmartin Castle still stands overlooking the village of…

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    Hack Your Practice: Big Bagpiping Improvement Le...

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Is the end of another bagpiping season upon us already? Where does the time go? The weather here on the east is getting cooler and the AC is…

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    Hack Your Practice: Become an Awesome Bagpiper W...

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Setting focussed music goals and working to achieve them is the quickest path to improvement as a bagpiper. But setting proper goals can sometimes be daunting and it…

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  • The Bagpipe Happiness Principle

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Time is money, they say. If that is true, then what are you spending your money (time) on? “They” also say money can’t buy happiness. But I disagree….

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    On Being a Great Bagpiper

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    As pipers and drummers, it is easy to get so wrapped up in the “Highland” arts that we forget that the experience of making music is mostly the same for players of any instrument.

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    Pipehacker Project: The Chanter Cap Reed Dryer

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    The chanter cap has become as ubiquitous a part of the pipe box as a roll of black tape. But moisture left on the reed after playing can…

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    Small Tunes Podcast: “The Red Coat”

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    “The Red Coat” is tune that evokes the image of pressing red-coated English infantryman—something that has been forever burned into the American cultural consciousness. The “strathspey” is also something forever burned into the musical consciousness of all pipers. Download the score and listen to the podcast for more background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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Small Tunes Podcast: “Collin the Piper”

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No Samhain celebration is complete without a spooky story and a tune. Today’s Small Tunes podcast is a tale that brings together a bagpiper, a puca, and Angus MacKay! “Collin the Piper” is a fine wee jig to add to one’s seasonal tune list. Download the set score and listen to the podcast for more history and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe. Happy Halloween to one and all!

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Small Tunes Podcast: “Kilmartin Castle”

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Today’s tune is an inviting quick march “Kilmartin Castle,” composed in the late nineteenth century by Donald Campbell. The real Kilmartin Castle still stands overlooking the village of Kilmartin. Download the set score and listen to the podcast for more background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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Pipehacker Project: The Chanter Cap Reed Dryer

Monday, September 15, 2014

The chanter cap has become as ubiquitous a part of the pipe box as a roll of black tape. But moisture left on the reed after playing can…

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Pipehacker Project: The Reed-Hack Survival Pack

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Highland bagpipers need to be versed in all the skills to sound their best. In the true Pipehacker tradition, here is a sporran-sized, exquisitely portable survival kit for reedsmithing and manipulation. Make your own pipe-hacked, miniaturized versions of the tools you need for reed-hacking while practicing or fine tuning before performance time.

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Top Pipehacker Project in 2013: The Piper’s Perfect Pressure Gauge

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The bagpiping world seems to be divided up into two groups: 1) The denizens of bagpipe internet forums who are sure manometers, i.e., tubes filled with water, will…

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Pipehacker Project: The Black Strap Water Trap

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Moisture to the bagpiper is like DDT to the mosquito. A build up of too much moisture in your instrument means certain death of your reeds and nothing…

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Pipehacker Project: Recording Your Professional Personal Piping Performances

Friday, June 29, 2012

You’re serious about your bagpiping, right? Of course you are. You take all the necessary steps to treat your instrument with care and acquire all the skills and…

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Pipehacker Project: The Piper’s Perfect Pressure Gauge

Friday, February 3, 2012

The bagpiping world seems to be divided up into two groups: 1) The denizens of bagpipe internet forums who are sure manometers, i.e., tubes filled with water, will…

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Pipehacker Project: Waxing Hemp-ish

Friday, November 4, 2011

Having well hemped joints on your bagpipe is a critical part of a well set-up and efficient instrument. The hemp used should use a good amount of black…

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Pipehacker Project: Rebuild and Resurrect a Practice Chanter Reed

Friday, June 24, 2011

Never chuck a good reed. Wait. Did I say that already once before? Well, it’s true, and if you’ve been at this bagpipes thing for any length of…

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