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Old 07-28-2020, 09:18 AM   #1
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Default Help with getting the air I blow into the pipes!!



Used to play the pipes many years ago and don't remember having such an issue!

I seem to be getting air into the pipes fine for the first 3-4 minutes of playing then it goes downhill from there. I now have x4 different blowpipes at different angles / lengths / even with the oval tip.

I'm comfortable with them all for a few minutes then once air starts escaping it gets wetter and hen gets harder and a downward spiral commences!

Any tips appreciated!

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Old 07-28-2020, 11:55 AM   #2
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Ah, orangefridge,

Upon a few occasions... back home after
looong stints overseas... or being medically
put back together... rather like Humpty-Dumpty...
after a bit of... this and that... I have found what
was left of myself... in that same Ol' Mortal and
Very Leaky Boat... in which you now ply The Seas
of Piping...

The only handy recourse that I have ever found...
is just to... Keep After It... bit by bit... and day by
day... building upon... and adding upon... each
bit of progress... that you make...

It can seem... a really up-hill slog... but as with
all else in our Great Waltz-About... always more
than well worth... the tussle... :)

As a side matter... and observation... and not
wishing to be forward... if you have sufficient
years (to your credit :)... you may wish to have
your medical person prescribe a pulmonary
inhaler for you... as that may well assist you
in acquiring and maintaining breath control.

In my own case... three continents... and
beaucoup amounts of vin ordinaire... and
Gauloises Caporals later... I have found a
good inhaler needful... upon occasion... :)

And such as this is nothing about which to
be unduly disgruntled... as it is all... just The
Passage... of that Old Rascal... Time... :)

Trusting that your passage goes well, and
wishing for you...

All the Best!!

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Old 07-28-2020, 04:01 PM   #3
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Default Re: Help with getting the air I blow into the pipes!!

First, have you checked your bag for airtightness?
Second, are your drones tight or leaky- Cork off the drones and play for a similar amount of time, then uncork one drone at a time to determine if ther's any change.
Third, is one or more of your drone reeds too open?

If it's a mosture problem, have you insterted any moisture control? Easiest would be be a simlpe tube trap or a Moose Valve.
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Old 07-28-2020, 05:11 PM   #4
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Default Re: Help with getting the air I blow into the pipes!!

I'm a fan of the Moose Valve. I'm also a fan of the Ergonomic Mouthpiece:
http://www.reedwrangler.net/flexible...ic-mouthpiece/

I use both.

As Bob (KW) said it could be a leak or a suboptimally set up bagpipe. This article may help:
https://www.bagpipejourney.com/artic...-to-play.shtml

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Old 07-30-2020, 09:31 AM   #5
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orangefridge,

As Adam notes above... the Reed Wrangler Ergonomic
Mouthpiece... and I have found... is a Godsend!!... that
will help you the more easily increase your playing time!! :)

I have praised and spread "The Word" about it for a very
long time... and especially to dental post-op patients... as
well as to so many others.

I use it/them... on all my sets... and am simply... grateful... :)

If you choose to get one... odds are... you will find that to be...
about the best (approximately) $15... you've ever spent!! :)

How ere yo go... wishing you... Good Luck!!... and,

All the Best!!,

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Old 07-30-2020, 10:58 AM   #6
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It sounds to me like you just need to build the stamina back up (assuming everything is fine with your instrument).

I had to take a year or so off of playing and my first time back on the pipes was in a parade. By the end of the parade, I could barely keep a seal on the blowpipe.
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Old 08-06-2020, 07:37 AM   #7
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Could be reeds sucking too much air. I had that happen for a while when getting back into it. Took a while to get them fine tuned, i.e. trade-off between pitch, tone, and amount of air they were taking to sound and play.

Could be just stamina. Takes a bit to get it back. Don't fret that -- just keep at it. It will come. Sometimes the lips are the last part of the puzzle to kick in.

Could also be the hemp needs to checked in the drones... I've had hemp leaking a bit. I finally just took the time to re-hemp most of the joints. Didn't take that long.

Finally, the chanter reed may be taking more air than you're used to... or the valve might be leaking. A quick check is to pull the blowpipe out and blow it backwards and see if it stops the air....

Several possibilities, none of them too difficult to tackle, really.

Hang in there, and good luck.

PS, I stuck with the blowpipe that came with my Lawries in the 80s. I guess I got lucky. Always worked well for me. It's my lips that become the problem after layoffs from the pipes....
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