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  • “Abercairney’s Salute” – the latest in Dr. William Donaldson’s 2014 Set Tune Series “Abercairney’s Salute” – the latest in Dr. William Donaldson’s 2014 Set Tune SeriesJuly 24th, 2014

    Exclusive to readers of pipes|drums Magazine, we bring you the latest installment in Dr. William Donaldson’s 2014 Set Tunes Series . . .

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  • Teaching Teachers, by Bob Worrall – Part 3: Emotion in Music Published: July 12, 2014

    The third installment in Bob Worrall’s exclusive series for pipes|drums subscribers on techniques to becoming a better instructor . . .

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  • “The Big Spree” – the first installment in the 2014 Set Tunes Series “The Big Spree” – the first installment in the 2014 Set Tunes SeriesJuly 11th, 2014

    We begin the 2014 Set Tunes Series by William Donaldson with “The Big Spree,” one of the greatest and most-played tunes in the piobaireachd repertory . . .

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  • Outside the Box, with Jim McGillivray Published: June 30, 2014

    Jim McGillivray offers key tips on proper pipe bag size and blowpipe length – two of the most common mistakes made by pipers that can lead to loss of control and even finger dexterity.

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  • Outside the Box, with Jim McGillivray Published: May 19, 2014

    We can learn from smallpipers – not those vertically challenged, but the ones who play that other bagpipe, and our man, Jim, is in fine fettle with a few solutions to an age-old tuning problem . . .

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  • The Big Band Theory The Big Band TheoryMay 2nd, 2014

    The debate continues . . .

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  • Pipe Band Size Matters Debate: Armstrong and Livingstone take sides Pipe Band Size Matters Debate: Armstrong and Livingstone take sidesApril 13th, 2014

    Video of the August 2013 Piping Live! debate on whether or not the size of competing bands should be limited.

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  • Teaching Teachers, by Bob Worrall – Part 2: Motivation Published: March 29, 2014

    The second installment in Bob Worrall's exclusive series for pipes|drums subscribers on techniques to becoming a better instructor . . .

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  • Outside the Box, with Jim McGillivray: Keeping it up Published: March 10, 2014

    A look at tempos for solo players and bandsmen, and how to ensure that you're playing in good time, and not lulling your audience to sleep with subtly slipping beats . . .

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  • Duncan Nicholson and Eric Ward: Pipes+Drums Recital 2013 Duncan Nicholson and Eric Ward: Pipes+Drums Recital 2013February 7th, 2014

    pipes|drums is pleased to bring viewers and listeners the second of our Hot Stove League videos from the 2013 Pipes+Drums Recital at the 2013 Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping, featuring Pipe-Major Duncan Nicholson and Leading-Drummer Eric Ward of the Grade 1 Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band. The leaders performed to a standing-room only crowd that gathered at the Street Café outside of the National Piping Centre, with listeners spilling out of the tent to watch two of the world’s most talented exponents of the art in a free performance.

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  • Outside the Box, with Jim McGillivray Outside the Box, with Jim McGillivrayJanuary 26th, 2014

    A new pipes|drums series especially for subscribers to the magazine, the renowned piper, teacher, composer and adjudicator Jim McGillivray provides insight into the often hidden fundamentals of the Highland bagpipe.

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  • Teaching Teachers, by Bob Worrall – Part 1: the three learning styles in all of us Published: January 15, 2014

    In the first-ever series of articles especially about teaching and for teachers of piping and drumming, world-renowned piper, adjudicator, composer and teacher Bob Worrall examines the three basic styles of learning, and how they relate to successful instruction. By recognizing and identifying first the dominant learning styles of pupils, teachers can provide better and more effective tuition, and teachers who can match their own dominant learning styles with those of their students are more likely to see better engagement and progress throughout the process. The first part in the new series exclusively for subscribers to pipes|drums.

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  • pipes|drums’ fearless forecasts for the year 2014 pipes|drums’ fearless forecasts for the year 2014January 3rd, 2014

    Our annual predictions for the piping and drumming and pipe band year ahead, as our panel of experts called them. We also review our prognostications from this time last year to see how we did, and include some more one-off predictions for 2014.

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  • From the archives: Letters of Robert Reid From the archives: Letters of Robert ReidNovember 30th, 2013

    pipes|drums has a rich archive of material that we worked to compile over the last three decades. From the November 1997 issue of the former print magazine that evolved into the all-online publication you enjoy today, is a fascinating glimpse into the personality of Robert Reid, the legendary piper and pipe-maker whose piobaireachd playing was in the “Cameron style” after many years of tutelage from the primary Cameron exponent, John MacDougall Gillies. These letters written to Dr. Norman McLeod, the first President of the Pipers Society of Ontario, are full of commentary about the Piobaireachd Society, with which Reid was often at odds.

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  • “The Hawk” – James Hill’s little-known melodic genius Published: November 18, 2013

    Jim McGillivray continues his exclusive series with a look at the music of James Hill, "The Hornpipe King" of Northumberland. Little-known to Highland pipers, Hill was a fiddler originally from Scotland who gained renown in the first half of the 1800s. Not many of his compositions have been picked up for Highland pipes, but "The High Level" and "The Hawk" are known for their cheerful and soaring melodies. Included are sound files by Northumbrian piper Pauline Cato and McGillivray on the Deger pipe.

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  • Photographing the Art – Part 5 Published: November 10, 2013

    We continue with the fifth installment in our Photographing the Art series for pipes|drums subscribers, bringing to you more photos from Ryan MacDonald, one of piping's most gifted artists . . .

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  • Stuart Liddell and Steven McWhirter: Pipes+Drums Recital 2013 Stuart Liddell and Steven McWhirter: Pipes+Drums Recital 2013November 6th, 2013

    For those in the northern hemisphere, the nights are fair drawing in and winter approaches, so it’s time to start this year’s series of Hot Stove League videos, beginning with the performance by Inveraray & District Pipe-Major Stuart Liddell and Leading-Drummer Steven McWhirter. The duo performed at the 2013 Pipes+Drums Recital at the Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping, sponsored by pipes|drums Magazine on the morning of Tuesday, August 13th, the day before the band would perform its sold-out “Ascension” show at . . .

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  • A pipes|drums Photo Feature: Sunday at the 2013 World’s Published: September 22, 2013

    They were two days to remember, and we continue with our special photo feature from the 2013 World Pipe Band Championships, with images from the Sunday, the second and final day of competitions from Glasgow Green, exclusively for subscribers to pipes|drums Magazine. Like the Saturday, the weather began with intermittent rain and strong winds hitting several bands, including, once again, Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia. Conditions in the afternoon improved considerably, with strong sunshine for the most part, except for a freak sudden downpour around 4 pm. We hope that you enjoys these images, which complement other 2013 World's features, including our Sights & Sounds Video Highlights, all 12 performances on HD video video from the Grade 2 Final, and video highlights of 2013 World Champions Field Marshal Montgomery celebrating and discussing their success.

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  • A pipes|drums Photo Feature: Saturday at the 2013 World’s Published: September 21, 2013

    They were two days to remember, and we bring pipes|drums Magazine subscribers a special two-day photo feature from the 2013 World Pipe Band Championships held August 17-18, 2013, at Glasgow Green, Glasgow. We start with images from the first day of competition, a day that began with intermittently wet - at times horrendous - weather that laid waste to bands that competed during a particularly drenching 45-minute period in the morning. Among the bands hardest hit were Simon Fraser University, Inveraray & District, the Toronto Police and, of course, Shotts & Dykehead, which was nearly blown off the park mid-way through their march, strathspey & reel. We hope that you enjoy these images from Saturday at the 2013 World's, which will be followed by a similar feature of photos from the Sunday . . .

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  • Sights and sounds from the 2013 World Pipe Band Championships Sights and sounds from the 2013 World Pipe Band ChampionshipsSeptember 15th, 2013

    A month since the 2013 World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green, Glasgow, and pipes|drums Magazine revisits the two-day spectacle with a video montage from the event that . . .

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  • The Grade 2 World’s Final: a video compilation The Grade 2 World’s Final: a video compilationSeptember 1st, 2013

    pipes|drums Magazine staked out a great spot to capture all twelve bands in the Grade 2 Final at the World Pipe Band Championships on August 17, 2013, at Glasgow Green. The march, strathspey & reel event saw the Buchan Peterson Pipe Band of Aberdeen, Scotland, take the title, after each finalist band finished in the top six in its qualifying heat earlier in the . . .

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  • Pipe Idol 2013 – the final round video Pipe Idol 2013 – the final round videoAugust 25th, 2013

    The annual Pipe Idol competition at the Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping is one of the festival’s original events and, after 10 years, has become one of the world’s great challenges . . .

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  • 2013 World’s Week Grade 1 practice schedules 2013 World’s Week Grade 1 practice schedulesAugust 5th, 2013

    No piper or drummer’s trip to Scotland in August is complete without checking out at least a few Grade 1 band practices leading up to the World Championships on August 17-18. For the dozenth consecutive year, pipes|drums Magazine brings our faithful readers the practice and appearance schedules of the top bands competing at the big event.

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  • $3,565 prize package up for grabs in 2013 pipes|drums “Pick The Six” contest! $3,565 prize package up for grabs in 2013 pipes|drums “Pick The Six” contest!July 28th, 2013

    pipes|drums Magazine is delighted once again to bring our annual Pick The Six contest to our tens of thousands of readers worldwide. Everyone loves . . .

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  • This One’s For Lochlann This One’s For LochlannJune 7th, 2013

    The piping and drumming world was saddened by the sudden death of piper Lochlann McKay on June 2 in Glasgow. McKay was a popular and talented member of the Grade 2 Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band, and his funeral will be on Monday, June 10. Within hours of learning of her cousin’s passing, 16 year-old Robyn McKay, also of Inchinnan, Scotland, was inspired to write an air in his honour. The tune will be played at the memorial service. A member of the Grade 3 St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band, Robyn McKay, like her late older cousin, is a rising star on the Scottish piping scene. She started at the age of six, taught by Gordon Walker and Michael Fitzhenry, and at age eight started instruction with Keith Bowes Sr., and . . .

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ARCHIVES

UPCOMING EVENTS August 1, 2014Lorient Interceltic FestivalLorient

August 1, 2014Glengarry Highland GamesMaxville, ON

August 2, 2014Spokane Highland GamesSpokane County Fair & Expo Center, Spokane, WA

August 2, 2014Melrose Highland GamesMelrose

August 2, 2014Inverkeithing Highland GamesBallast Bank, Inverkeithing

TIP OF THE DAY
Practice does not make ‘perfect’ it makes ‘permanent.’ Take the time to learn your music correctly, so that through repetition (i.e. practice), you don’t allow problems to become permanent fixtures in your music.
John Cairns, double Gold Medallist

FROM THE ARCHIVES