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I can only imagine what it’s like for female pipers and drummers to persevere in what is still a male-dominated – and often dominating – avocation. It’s a topic that has interested me for many years, going back to the … Continue r …
UPCOMING EVENTS October 28, 2017Glenfiddich Solo Piping ChampionshipBlair Castle, Blair Atholl, ScotlandNovember 4, 2017London CompetitionsKensington Conference & Events Centre, The Town Hall, Hornton Street LondonNovember 5, 2017Bloomington Pipers’ Society November GatheringSt Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, INNovember 10, 2017Silicon Valley Pipe & Drum WorkshopSaratoga, CADecember 3, 2017Bloomington Pipers’ Society December GatheringSt Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IN
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