Unleashing Your Imaginary Bagpiper

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

There is a great quote by Franz Liszt: “Think 10 times, play once.” Franz Liszt was a virtuouso. A musician who amazed even his peers at the time…

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Be a Stronger Bagpiper

Friday, January 28, 2011

A great article “Everything You Know About Fitness Is a Lie” by Daniel Duane in Men’s Journal suggests that perhaps many things we have been conditioned to believe…

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Being an Indispensable Bagpiper

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fascinating article “Secret of Peak Performance: Indispensability,” on the motivations of Olympic athletes when competing as part of a team. A study of competitors at the swimming events…

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10 Personal Bagpipe Goals for the Coming Year

Monday, January 3, 2011

The hubbub of the holiday season is over. You can now focus more on bagpipes! Whether or not you are considering adding one of the 10 Bagpipe Performance Goals to your list of resolutions for 2011, working on personal bagpipe goals should be part of your year’s efforts. Pick one or more items from the list below to give your bagpiping a charge for the coming year.

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7 Steps to Psyche-Up Your Bagpiping

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How much risk and uncertainty do you allow in your own life? We all have our own way of handling risk, and any artistic or creative pursuit involves risk. We never really know what kind of results our hard work will bring or even the best way to achieve them. The emotional investment in one’s chosen art brings with it a certain amount of uncertainty and vulnerability. Competition of any kind is a creative pursuit that involves psychological risk taking. And anyone who belittles the activity of bagpipe competition has likely never been involved in anything more psychologically arduous than buying a toaster oven. They have no idea how personally grueling it can be.

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