Or "Observations of a solo adjudicator after the combined R U Brown solo piping contest and Australian Solo Championships 2019" This article offers some thoughts about HOW to go about competing in solo contests for those inexperienced in doing so. Perhaps it will also generate some ongoing online discussion and hopefully encourage more pipers to … Continue reading Everything you always wanted to know about playing in solo bagpipe contests
I have been teaching bagpipes face to face and using Skype for several years, with a number of successes. The Skype approach is a compromise compared with face to face tuition, but has proven to be a very good one for many situations. This article discusses using Skype, or other similar internet based tools, for … Continue reading Is Skype too great a compromise for bagpipe lessons?
Time and time again I marvel at the novel and illogical processes pipers adopt for solo drone tuning, including in the highest solo grades. In many cases, they get their drones in tune more by luck than by design – or they fail to get their drones properly in tune. Here I present three different … Continue reading 3 drone tuning processes
I have seen electronic tuners used painstakingly to set bands' drones accurately OUT OF TUNE. So, are electronic tuners of any use? Let’s start with a clear answer: an electronic tuning device is a high value tool when setting up a pipe corps. BUT, you need to use it intelligently to achieve the result, a … Continue reading Tuning Devices That Deceive
How Brett Tidswell tuned his drones on-stage for a hornpipe and jig contest.
Drone tuning is actually a reasonably simple process, not a mystic art. Yet I see so many pipers, including many A grade soloists, who approach it in a way that makes no sense and often produces poor results. This post is about common mistakes in the drone tuning process, not a tutorial on how to … Continue reading 8 Common Drone Tuning Mistakes
When I started playing pipes as a youngster, it was more or less assumed that bagpipe tuning was the mystic art of the Pipe Major, so it wasn't taught as a fundamental skill for pipers. For many pipers today, this is still the case. And I find this very unfortunate - for two reasons: Tuning, … Continue reading Tuning your own drones