Michael Grey: the pipes|drums Interview – Part 1

Published: June 30, 2012
Michael Grey: the pipes|drums Interview – Part 1 Published: June 30, 2012

Our exclusive in-depth interview with Michael Grey, perhaps the greatest ¨C and certainly the most prodigious ¨C living composer of Highland bagpipe music. In this five-part subscribers-only discussion, supported with video and photos, Grey delves into his career as a piper, his composing techniques, pipe band philosophies and his unending quest for the next new, different and innovative thing. Never content to stand still, Grey, after almost 40 years in piping, continues to push the boundaries of the music, while constantly remaining grounded in and aware of its long traditions.

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Pipers: The trend today is to sink a chanter reed as far as it can go in the reed seat, and then tape all the holes that are sharp, or drill the holes bigger if the note is flat. Raising a reed slightly or just getting the reed placed ideally in the seat can make a world of difference.
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