Bagpipe TLC

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The long hours of practice and competition can make the average piper take his or her instrument for granted. All pipers have their regular maintenance routine to keep their pipes in top shape, but think about it, you’ve taken your stand up and down the bumpy roads to the games in trains, planes, and automobiles. You’ve carried them around the field and played in all kinds of weather. It’s time to take some extra effort to make sure your instrument has held up.

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Chanter Reed Selection—The Match-Up

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The ideal bagpipe sound starts with selecting the ideal chanter reed. Obvious? It is not always as easy as it seems. Personal preferences and taste coupled with what…

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Pipehacker Tip: Use a Spare Bagpipe Bag Cover in the Off-Season

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Would you mow your lawn or clean your house in your good suit? Of course not. You have an old T-shirt and some work pants for that kind…

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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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Pareto Piping: The Three Things at the Core of Pipe Band Success

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pareto Principle: Roughly 80% of the effects of many events come from 20% of the causes. We all want to crack the secret of good bagpiping and drumming…

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