A student’s guide to piping and university/college – Part 1

Published: May 31, 2012
A student’s guide to piping and university/college – Part 1 Published: May 31, 2012

Just in time for the end of the school year and the beginning of many pipers' first years at university and college, professional-class solo piper Elizabeth Sheridan of Oakville, Ontario, provides insights and tips on how to get the most from your post-secondary school experience while keeping your keen interest in the pipes. Practicing, money, time management, scholarships, housing ¨C it's all here, along with insights (in Part 2) from student-pipers in the UK. A member of the Grade 1 Peel Regional Police Pipe Band and a student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Liz Sheridan is living proof that it is possible to let both academic and piping lives coexist . . . and even thrive.

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TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: Blow your drones without the pipe chanter for a few minutes when you first take your pipes out of the box. Initially, the blades on your pipe chanter reed and the tongues on your drone reeds will be dry (not pliable), which will make the chanter reed stiff and often too much for the drone reeds – causing them to shut off. The warm air that is blown through the drone reeds will make the tongues more pliable and receptive to handling the strength of the pipe chanter. This applies to synthetic and cane drone reeds.
John Cairns, double Gold Medallist