Building harmony: a pipes|drums Feature Series

Published: March 31, 2009

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe-Major Richard Parkes begins the subscribers-only series with a discussion of the placement of harmony in medleys to gain the best musical effect for listeners, complete with numerous audio examples

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Pipers: Need to manipulate your pipe chanter reed? – use a pen knife or Xacto knife instead of sandpaper. You have much more control on the amount of cane you take off with a knife vs. sandpaper. And it is much better for the cane itself; other woodworkers call this technique “feathering.”
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