Friday, August 1, 2008

Learning about the bagpipes

I think the weakness in my instruction was not being taught much about the instrument itself. By that I mean the care, tuning, maintenance, reeds, setup, etc. I was taught a lot about the music, but not as much about the instrument. I think it has been pointed out before on this forum that innovations in the instrument have made care and maintenance a less demanding part of being a piper. Perhaps for this reason instructors forget that students still need as much instruction on the instrument as they do on the music.Most of what I have learned about the bagpipes themselves has come from instructional video (Mcgillivray), the internet, and watching and asking questions of other pipers.

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