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Old 03-06-2019, 08:46 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Glad to have come across the forum! My name is Joe, and I'm a graduate student in the midwestern United States. I've been a classical musician for the better part of my life, but I'm just over a month into my piping journey. What a wonderful journey it has been so far.

I'm currently working through the NPC tutor book with a fantastic teacher and playing on a Dunbar poly practice chanter. I recently traveled to one of the MWPBA qualifiers, and it was so inspiring to see some wonderful pipers.

Quite excited to see where my piping journey takes me, and here's to many more decades on this fine instrument! I look forward to chatting with you good folks.

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Old 03-07-2019, 06:49 AM   #2
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Welcome Joe. Keep it up.

As I often like to say in regards to piping, "this isn't checkers; it's a life-long game of chess."

Enjoy it.

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Old 03-07-2019, 08:38 AM   #3
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Joe!!,

Welcome aboard!! ... and happy to have had you
"stumble in" to the Forum... as had I... these now
years past... :)

"Get tore in!"... as the old expression goes :) ... and
ask... or delve into... what ever may strike your fancy!!

Lovely folk here... and much very good... and accurate...
information. (...Though you will find... that five pipers...
will get you... a dozen opinions!! :)

With both your studies... and your having leapt into the
great pond... of The Piping Game... wishing you...

All the Best!!

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Old 03-07-2019, 02:21 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard, Joe! I'm glad you found us . . . and that you have an honest-to-goodness instructor.

Practice every day. Even if it's literally 2 minutes sometimes. It's repetition. And practice doesn't make perfect, it makes permanent. Practice perfectly. Oh, wait, you are a classical musician. You know that!


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Old 03-07-2019, 05:51 PM   #5
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Welcome aboard! What's your major instrument as a classical musician ( I was a tubist)
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Old 03-08-2019, 08:12 AM   #6
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Hi Joe,
Welcome to the forum. As you are in Bloomington, IN, you might try contacting the Bloomington Pipers' Society if you've not done so already. I know a couple of the members and they've got a FB page you might want to see.
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Welcome, enjoy the comradery and buffoonery this place has to offer.
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Old 03-09-2019, 08:50 PM   #8
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Thank you all for the warm welcome and bits of knowledge! And candidly speaking, I quite enjoy the buffoonery around here so far.

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Welcome aboard! What's your major instrument as a classical musician ( I was a tubist)
Small world! I was a tubist myself in various youth ensembles for about 8 years. I also played violin as well. I picked up tuba when I switched schools and had to join band -- what a wonderful journey it was.

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Hi Joe,
Welcome to the forum. As you are in Bloomington, IN, you might try contacting the Bloomington Pipers' Society if you've not done so already. I know a couple of the members and they've got a FB page you might want to see.
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I'm already quite involved with the local Pipers' Society! I actually initially got involved to learn more about the Scottish style of drumming. I was fascinating by the odd looking pipes and bellows and what-have you. As I often say, "I met my teacher and I spent lots of money."

I'm a grad student living on a modest stipend -- this hobby can certainly eat away at funds if one's not careful. Glad I don't have a partner to nag me about my financial irresponsibility.

Case in point: I just acquired a like-new set of Shepard smallpipes in A for $650, including a nice bag! It would have been financially irresponsible of me not to have bought them.
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Old 03-10-2019, 11:46 PM   #9
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Welcome!!

It won't be easy but it's an amazing world to be a part of
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:30 PM   #10
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It indeed, William! Here's to many more decades of getting my fingers to move exactly how I want them to on the chanter. I used to be a tubist -- things were much simpler with only three brass valves!
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