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Old 05-23-2016, 09:07 AM   #1
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Default Embouchure stamina

I am currently teaching a 13 year old. He's coming along quite nicely with most everything, except--he has no longevity when blowing the pipes.
I have shaved down the chanter reed to near translucence. The drones are closed down too. He can blow the drones steadily, but only for a short while. He is gradually (glacially) able to play longer and longer. His biggest accomplishment to date was that he got through "Scots Wha Hae" one part, chanter only, no drones, raspberried, then died.
I have never had a student take so long to develop an embouchure. He plays saxophone in the school band, so it's not like his mouth muscles have not been developed at all.
Any suggestions?
“These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.”
~Alfred Hitchcock, 1899-1980
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