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Old 06-02-2018, 12:14 PM   #1
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Default Fingers moving out of position (foul noise)

I was wondering if anybody might have ideas about why sometimes my fingers move out of position. It happens only sometimes and then it will be repeatedly with a certain segment of a certain tune. Also, has anybody got suggestions for a "cure"? Thanks.
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Old 06-02-2018, 12:43 PM   #2
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Seeing as you’re new to piping, I’d suggest simply practice, practice, practice.

You’ll strengthen fingers over time and they’ll learn to work more independently of one another.

Also, if your skin is excessively dry, it can make covering holes more tricky.

Work your playing slowly and diligently, and I am sure that your issues will begin to improve.

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Old 06-02-2018, 05:23 PM   #3
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Default Re: fingers moving out of position (foul noise)

Your hands could be cramping or you may be gripping the chanter too hard. Both of these can cause your hands to not fall into the right position while playing. Try to relax your hands as much as you can.

Also, as was said, practice practice practice. It get's easier in time. Just keep playing scales and note changes. Go very slow and get it right each time.
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Old 06-02-2018, 07:50 PM   #4
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Default Re: Fingers moving out of position (foul noise)

dtstewart, do you mean "crossing noises"? That is, extra notes that occur between desired notes? Such as moving from Low-A to E and finding that an errant F sounds in the transition?

Regardless, you may be playing too fast and your fingers too closed. Slow it down and open up the fingering. Gradually speed it back up, "testing the waters." If you find problems creep back in, slow it back down and work on the fundamentals.

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Old 06-03-2018, 12:12 PM   #5
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Greetings, dtstewart, and to All,

As many have both seen and experienced...
keeping one's hands... and especially the
lower one... exactly perpendicular... to the
chanter... (Ah, the Old Pipe Sargent's Ruler
to th' Back o' Your Hand Method!! :)... and
especially after a bit of playing... and too
much sun... or the drink... and a bit of the
sweat... (or really cold) ... and your hand
shifts... and just a wee... wee bit... and out
comes... that wrong sound!! :( ... that ain't
even... a note !! :(

As said above... practice... and attention...
will steer you aright... :)

Meanwhile... do not berate yourself too much...
it's just all a part of... The Piping Game!!... :)

Regards to dtstewart... and to All,

Pip01


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Old 06-25-2018, 08:39 PM   #6
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Default Re: Fingers moving out of position (foul noise)

Practice, practice, practice.

Also, it might just be that your chanter doesn't fit your hands as well as another brand of chanter might.

But if you are starting out, that probably isn't the case.
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:40 AM   #7
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Practice...yes..as others with experience have said and will always tell you.

PERFECT practice ...makes perfect.

Keep in mind... Learning pipes is a marathon...not a sprint. There are no shortcuts.

You must put in the time....and resist becoming frustrated.

Learn to crawl,...walk,...and only then ...run.

If you can’t play it ( well) SLOW.....how can you expect to play it ( well) ‘FAST’.?

All..the “ Do-ism’s “ many uf us here came along on.

By the 6th month if doing well and keeping up you should have a few tunes off on the practice chanter...maybe even transferred to pipes. By the 12th month with even more tunes choking your brainwaves you should be fully committed. ( no entendre double intended)
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:26 PM   #8
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Try to reduce the tension in your hands as much as you possibly can.
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:58 PM   #9
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Not to over complicate ....or over simplify... to reduce tension in the fingers....

I try to reinforce to think..” no pressure on the thumbs..” while on pc or pipes.
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