Chanter Reed Selection—The Physical Exam

Wednesday, November 9, 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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Better Bagpipe Blowing: Take It to the Limit

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

You should always be playing at the edge of your abilities if you are committed to improvement. That is a given in just about anything you do. There…

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From the Archive: Basics of Chanter Reed Manipulation Part 1—The Lick

Friday, July 8, 2011

Ed. Note: Now is the time when many pipe bands are outfitting their pipe corps with new chanter reeds for the big contests to come. Here is a…

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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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Reed Anatomy: Synthetic Drone Reeds

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The last ten to fifteen years or so have seen an explosion of synthetic drones reeds makes out on the market. The modern Highland bagpiper is not at…

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