Welcome to
the forums at bobdunsire.com
bobdunsire.com forums bobdunsire.com forums
You can reset your password by going here. Be sure to try your current email and any email addresses you may have had in the past.
Otherwise please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the forums. In order to help you, please provide the following info: Your Display Name from the old forum and any possible email addresses you would have used before. Without that info we cannot locate your account.


Go Back   Bob Dunsire Bagpipe Forums > Great Highland Bagpipe > Technique & Instrument
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Technique & Instrument Related to techniques, to the instrument, to the components, to maintenance.

Platinum Sponsors
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-23-2018, 12:50 PM   #1
andy
Forum Member - Shy or Quiet
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Scotland
Posts: 16
Default Wet Blowing

Are all kids wet blowers and do they eventually grow out of it. I recently started learning my 9 yr old grandson and 20 minutes in he can have a practice reed wringing and unplayable. I don't remember his mum being such a wet blower but then again that was nigh on 35yrs ago. Gone are the days when you could flick your practice chanter at the fire to get rid of dampness from the reed.
andy is offline   Reply With Quote
Gold Sponsor
Old 05-23-2018, 01:15 PM   #2
Pppiper
Holy smoking keyboard!
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 1,027
Default Re: Wet Blowing

Quote:
Originally Posted by andy View Post
Are all kids wet blowers and do they eventually grow out of it. I recently started learning my 9 yr old grandson and 20 minutes in he can have a practice reed wringing and unplayable. I don't remember his mum being such a wet blower but then again that was nigh on 35yrs ago. Gone are the days when you could flick your practice chanter at the fire to get rid of dampness from the reed.
I could be wrong, but I've gotten the impression that I've become a wetter blower as I've gotten older. Moisture wasn't much of an issue for me when I was a kid, but it's definitely an issue now.

Everyone's different, and to that end, I'd imagine people may change in all manners of ways.

Just my two .

Cheers,
~Nate
Pppiper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2018, 01:17 PM   #3
Pppiper
Holy smoking keyboard!
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 1,027
Default Re: Wet Blowing

Sorry, missed part of your question. Not everyone is a wet blower (or not) at any specific age. Again, once upon a time, I definitely wasn't.
Pppiper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2018, 09:59 AM   #4
johnsog
Forum Regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 269
Default Re: Wet Blowing

That is true. My first pipe instructor admitted to being a very dry blower so he never had issues with moisture. I, on the other hand, am wet and have a band mate who is even wetter than I. I do find improvement if I've brushed my teeth and not consumed anything but water before playing but that isn't always practical. For the practice chanter, I've found those little donut-shaped sponges that slide around the base of the reed are helpful. I think I got them from Henderson's.
johnsog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2018, 11:24 AM   #5
DRCanady
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Northern California
Posts: 63
Default Re: Wet Blowing

My practice chanter was only good for about 20 minutes before it started gurgling and I needed to pull it apart and dry all the parts including the little donut sponge. I'm 60 but new to pipes.

However, that was when I was sitting on the sofa with my music on the coffee table low below my eyes requiring my head to be tilted down. When I sit upright with the music at eye level, I have no moisture issue at all. You could try raising the music stand. It might help.
DRCanady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2018, 05:49 AM   #6
CalumII
Holy smoking keyboard!
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: London Town
Posts: 5,268
Default Re: Wet Blowing

I believe that on average people become dryer blowers as they age, though this isn't hard and fast. It's certainly true for me.



I also think that novice pipers tend to salivate a lot because they are holding something in their mouths, and until that physiological response stops they will be very wet blowers.
CalumII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2018, 11:36 AM   #7
Dan Bell
Forum Clasp
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Columbia, MD
Posts: 867
Default Re: Wet Blowing

I suspect that a lot of young players are playing instruments that are a lot harder than they need to be, which contributes to wet blowing.
Dan Bell is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Silver Sponsor

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:23 AM.