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Old 09-04-2017, 09:22 AM   #13
Pip01
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North America
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Default Re: Introductions

Quote:
from el gaitero:
... Set up properly...playing pipes can be almost effortless.

Greetings, Piperchase, and to All,

Some years ago I was in Europe and playing in
a multi-band... multi-piper ... and many-venues
situation... and a younger piper (damned near
everyone there :) ...was having a bit of a rough
go with her pipes... even though she had been
playing for some five or six years. (Between the
hot day... and playing up and down some hills...
there were some taxing moments... for us all. :)

In one of our stand-about-chat-and-drink breaks...
she asked what kind of reeds I had in the drones
of my very Old Lawries... so I told her... and then
I suggested that she give my pipes a go...

My old set was very much larger and heavier than
her newer (2005-ish) one... and I was an easier foot
taller... and two stone (quick, somebody go look that
up! :) heavier than she... but she hoisted them up on
her shoulder... and began to play away... and smiling
all the while... :)

After about the third tune... she handed them back...
and said... in a very surprised voice... to our group
standing about...

"Damn!! These things damned near play themselves!!"

The point of all of this "Who-shot-John?"... is that once
you have that "magical" setup... that is right... and best...
for you... then much of the sometimes physical chore...
of playing well... in varying and in different conditions...
will then simply... fall away... and then leave you more
at liberty... to play the music... :)

Experiment!! Try new bits!! Keep mucking about with
your pipes... until the two of you... fall in together... and
settle in... hand in glove... :)

Just keep after it!! ... It will come!! ...Promise !! :)

All the Best!!

Pip01
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