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  • World’s 2014: a pipes|drums photo feature – Part 2 World’s 2014: a pipes|drums photo feature – Part 2September 1st, 2014

    pipes|drums Magazine helps to keep memories fresh with our second photo feature from the event . . .

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  • “MacLeod of Raasay’s Salute” – the latest in the 2014 Set Tunes Series “MacLeod of Raasay’s Salute” – the latest in the 2014 Set Tunes SeriesAugust 30th, 2014

    We continue our exclusive FREE series by Willie Donaldson . . .

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  • World’s 2014: a pipes|drums photo feature – Part 1 World’s 2014: a pipes|drums photo feature – Part 1August 20th, 2014

    We bring you some of our better photos from the two days. We’ll run our photo feature over two parts . . .

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  • “Lament for the Departure of King James” – latest in the 2014 Set Tunes Series “Lament for the Departure of King James” – latest in the 2014 Set Tunes SeriesAugust 19th, 2014

    Our exclusive free analysis of tunes set for the big solo piping competitions . . .

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  • Piping Live! 2014 – p|d’s daily picks for what to hit Piping Live! 2014 – p|d’s daily picks for what to hitAugust 10th, 2014

    Our daily picks for the choicest events on what we would most look forward to seeing and hearing . . .

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  • 2014 World’s Week Grade 1 practice schedules 2014 World’s Week Grade 1 practice schedulesAugust 7th, 2014

    Our twelfth annual guide to finding the world’s best bands as they make final preparations for August 15th – and 16th, if they make it through to the Final!

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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UPCOMING EVENTS September 4, 2014Longs Peak Scottish FestivalEstes Park, CO

September 6, 2014Peebles Highland GamesHaylodge Park, Peebles

September 13, 2014Pitlochry Highland GamesRecreation Ground, Ferry Road, Pitlochry PH16 5DZ

September 13, 2014Innerleithen Highland GamesInnerleithen

September 20, 2014All Ireland Solo ChampionshipsNorthern Ireland

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To ease the blowing-in period of a chanter reed, simply press the reed firmly in the lowest part of the blades between the finger and thumb until you feel both blades ease gently together. Continue to do this and keep blowing the reed until you find the reed giving an acceptible weight.
Tom McAllister, Jr.

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