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Old 10-17-2012, 01:01 PM   #31
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Default Re: Very, very easy reed but playable

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I suggest that you either remove some cane from the blades or buy some easier reeds. It's much better to start out with easy or very easy reeds and then work up to a stronger one of you feel that this is necessary.

There's no enjoyment in struggling. Playing reeds that suit will help you to learn the blowing technique more quickly and help you to slowly develop the necessary muscle without getting a hernia!

That's what I'm gonna do Chris....
first try with a very easy reed...but I don't touch the other 2 reeds yet...

tnx for the info

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Old 10-20-2012, 08:10 AM   #32
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Default Re: Very, very easy reed but playable

Well...I'm still waiting for my easy/easy reed...
But after a few day's I reach something that sounds as "Amazing Grace"...

After my first 10 day's I got this out of my "Squeeze Bag"

- My first attempt on the bagpipe

The upperhand is still hard to play (HighG & HighA) so I play at this moment with the G1 Easy Platinium reed


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Old 10-22-2012, 03:08 AM   #33
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Default Re: Very, very easy reed but playable

Well done, you can see the differences in your posture and how the drones hang off your shoulder.

Heres some advice regarding the High A, don't oversqueeze it!!!

Try and just sound the scale including High A until you get get the pitch right when practicing, it will allow you to concentrate on technique and be able to hear what the individual notes are sounding like, at the moment you are squeezing the life out of the reed in anticipation that it aint gonna sound right when you reach the top hand.

Otherwise, well done mate.

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Old 10-22-2012, 03:16 AM   #34
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Well done, you can see the differences in your posture and how the drones hang off your shoulder.

Heres some advice regarding the High A, don't oversqueeze it!!!

Try and just sound the scale including High A until you get get the pitch right when practicing, it will allow you to concentrate on technique and be able to hear what the individual notes are sounding like, at the moment you are squeezing the life out of the reed in anticipation that it aint gonna sound right when you reach the top hand.

Otherwise, well done mate.

At this point it seems that, when I'm squeezing softer the sound stops, like in the first videoframe...

Is it possibel that my reed (easy) is still a bit to strong?
There is a easy/easy reed on his way right now...still waiting for it to test it...

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Old 10-22-2012, 03:28 AM   #35
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That's a real possibility, i think however its probably about the ultimate learning of constant pressure to obtain tone through the scale which is required.

Basically, its learning through practice what the desired internal pressure needs to be to sound the reed true throughout the scale, and blowing and squeezing in the right proportion that this true pitch does not alter.

Also, you will thru time build up this technique, and stamina to keep it up will occur as a by-product.

Practice practice practice, but with a specific aim in mind my friend..
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:23 AM   #36
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That's a real possibility, i think however its probably about the ultimate learning of constant pressure to obtain tone through the scale which is required.

Basically, its learning through practice what the desired internal pressure needs to be to sound the reed true throughout the scale, and blowing and squeezing in the right proportion that this true pitch does not alter.

Also, you will thru time build up this technique, and stamina to keep it up will occur as a by-product.

Practice practice practice, but with a specific aim in mind my friend..
Just recieved and tested my new G1 Platiunium Very Easy reed...
A big difference....

Now I can play both Highest notes much better...
I even played (also as test) with the 3 drones open now....
The drones must still have a fine tuning....they are not yet set in good position...but that's for later when we go "Officiall" on the bagpipe with the teacher of our band.

Owkay...my technique is not yet what it must be....but the teachers from our band manage that for me for shure (normally I run in front of the planning...but ssstttttt...don't tell that to anybody)

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Old 10-22-2012, 05:21 PM   #37
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Default Re: Very, very easy reed but playable

Back to the original question, I think it is safe to say that if you are having to work harder to try to control a super easy reed, to the point of not being able to fully inflate the bag, then maybe you are playing one a little too easy for you. Just play one that is comfortably easy for you.

Also, sometimes there is very little difference between an easy reed that is hard to control and an easy reed that plays nicely. Some years ago, while setting up our band area at a Games, we were serenaded by a 10 year old little fellow associated with folks from another band. He marched proudly back and forth right next to us and his reed sounded awful. It was so easy that it was way overblown on the top hand. Finally I couldn't stand it anymore. I took his chanter, applied my mandrel to the reed and opened it up just a wee bit. When he blew up his pipes, I don't think he perceived any difference in the effort needed to play them, but I was able to tune his drones, the top hand was much more stable on the chanter, and I was able to endure the next half hour of repetitions of Scotland the Brave relatively painlessly. (The last thing I wanted to do was discourage a budding young piper, so I was willing to let him play as long as he wanted to!)
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