The Five Deadly Sins of a Pipe Band Drum Corps

Published: April 30, 2011

No, greed sloth an envy don’t make this particular list, but find out what international drumming judge Greg Dinsdale lists as the biggest pitfalls of today’s drum sections. Coming from a drummer who has seen and played it all, his observations may surprise. Critical thinking for any band hoping to score well in ensemble.

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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.
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