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Old 05-14-2020, 09:16 AM   #31
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"This is hard".
I told my wife that once, and she said it ought to be impossible.
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Old 05-14-2020, 09:23 AM   #32
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"You don't need an ergonomic/oval mouthpiece! They look silly"
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Old 05-14-2020, 01:55 PM   #33
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"slow down"
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Old 05-14-2020, 03:00 PM   #34
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My personal favourite, which I’ve heard at least a few times, “You need to open up your embellishments by making your finger movements bigger.”


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Old 05-14-2020, 06:03 PM   #35
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You HAVE to play hard, gut buster, chanter reeds to get the best sound.
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Old 05-14-2020, 09:46 PM   #36
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“Play the strongest reed available. Playing the pipes should be hard, shouldn’t be easy.”

“See where my drones are? Tune yours to the same spot.”
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Old 05-15-2020, 12:57 AM   #37
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A very fine piper and now teacher once told me to take a good but weakening and getting some mold on it chanter reed and let it soak in bleach for a night to "nuke " it. Of course that warped and destroyed it. I regret taking that advice.
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Old 05-15-2020, 03:39 AM   #38
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My personal favourite, which I’ve heard at least a few times, “You need to open up your embellishments by making your finger movements bigger.”

This is perfectly sound advice, but it does need to be properly qualified. The question is what it is that actually creates proper pulsation in technique.
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Old 05-16-2020, 12:15 PM   #39
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a band mate suggested to me that I mark my drone pins, like he had, so I would know where to put them to be "in tune".
Many years ago we got a new piper in the band, he showed us his pipes, there were rubber O rings on each tuning pin that you could move up and down to mark where the drones were tuned.

He was proud of those things. He explained that they were the very reason he bought those pipes, because they came with the O rings.

Years later I was hired for some gig and the agent had hired two pipers. The other piper was a guy I didn't know, a red flag because around here the pipers all knew each other. I said "let's hear your pipes" and he struck up and his drones were off. I went to tune them and he stopped playing and said "don't touch those! I tuned them before I left home!"
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Old 05-16-2020, 02:40 PM   #40
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My personal favourite, which I’ve heard at least a few times, “You need to open up your embellishments by making your finger movements bigger.”
There are many instances where this advice makes sense. Perhaps you were “crushing” a particular ornament? My former instructor is very fine piper and teacher in the Northeast US. Indeed a legend. When I first came to him, he advised, for the time being, opening the embellishments with larger finger movements in furtherance of breaking some old bad habits. It was especially effective re: grips and taorluaths..
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