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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TIP OF THE DAY
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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