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Old 05-20-2020, 04:12 PM   #11
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Default Re: Impossible birls on Peter Henderson plastic chanter

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Well, I discovered something pretty cool here.
So I played the Henderson chanter pretty much all day, and I didn't remember the fact that I have some hand cream that i thought I was originally going to use for my electronic bagpipes. However, it turns out, if I put a heck a lot of it on my pinkie finger, somehow just by luck I am finally able to birl with this chanter!!!!!
Now the problem is, I ran out of it and have no idea what to buy. What do you pipers use? Later tonight I'll upload a clip for you to hear.
Take your birl finger and rub it on your nose, in the crease of your nostril. Never buy cream again. That's a pro tip right there!
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:43 PM   #12
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Well, every time I rub my pinkie finger near what people claim to be the oiliest spots, that doesn't help enough. I also tried washing my hands and that helped a little as well, in addition to the lotion.
So what will actually work? If everyone seems to claim that sebum (i.e. face oil) is enough, what else will work? For me, rubbing my face just by itself doesn't help enough and I still get sticky birls.
Meanwhile here are some recordings I made just today.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZX0nZhvPYg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEcqQWw-RyA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i54tVdSQxGU
Keep in mind if I'm verbose, most of my subscribers on Youtube are not pipers, including my BFF Hailey. So that's why I go out of my way to explain things that I can imagine pipers might be tired of hearing all the time, no?
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Old 05-20-2020, 07:20 PM   #13
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You could try under your earlobe, or behind your ear.

If my nose is not oily enough that is what I will do.
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Old 05-20-2020, 07:22 PM   #14
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Wow, you know I've actually never thought of that. I'll see what effect that has when I play my pipes tomorrow. I guess it might be the same, but I've never tried it so I can't really assume what the effect might be.
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Old 05-23-2020, 12:48 PM   #15
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Baby powder
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Unless we're talking about two different things, I've heard that baby powder can be toxic. Perhaps I'm confusing that with talc powder maybe?
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Old 05-23-2020, 03:32 PM   #17
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Trouble with baby powder is getting hold of the babies. Mothers can be surprisingly fierce.
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Unless we're talking about two different things, I've heard that baby powder can be toxic. Perhaps I'm confusing that with talc powder maybe?
I would think that if it was toxic it would be taken off the market and Mothers would never consider putting it the precious babies!
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Trouble with baby powder is getting hold of the babies. Mothers can be surprisingly fierce.
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