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June 1, 2010
College Of Piping Tutor Book 1

Last Month's Survey Question

Which Tutor Book do you Prefer?

National Piping Centre Tutor, 9.0%
College Piping Tutor, 54.9%
Archie Cairns Tutor, 5.4%
John Cairns Tutor, 7.2%
Jim McGillivray Rhythmic Fingerwork, 32.4%
RSPBA Structured Learning Books, 0%
Other (including Duthart Book 1, P/M Bill Robertson's Tutor, Sandy Jones, Piper's Helper, Logan's Complete Tutor, PM Sandy Harris), 8.1%

This Month's Survey Question

If you were to pick one of these popular tunes to play, which one would it be?
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Featured Products
Piper's Pal with Hinge Clip

NEW!! Hinge Clip for Piper's Pal- Improves airtightness. Free with Purchase!

Congratulations to Steve Kelly who won our Annual Survey Contest. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. We value your feedback.

Pipe Bands!!!!!
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Let your fellow pipers & drummers know what you think of the products.
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Here are some current reviews:

Q Reed Practice Chanter Reed:
"The best practice chanter reeds I've used. I play a ABW Dunbar PC and found that the Walsh reeds didn't match as well."

Piper's Pal for Retailers & Bands:
"This is an excellent way to keep my band's reeds in playable condition. I can take it to band practice and performances in my pipe case, where it takes little space. The reeds are well protected and easy to get at."

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Highland Games

JUNE 2010

June 3-5: Regina Mosaic

June 13: Grande Prairie Highland Games

June 19: Manitoba Highland Gathering

June 20: Father's Day (Don't forget to pick up a Celtic gift for Dad!)

June 26: Red Deer Highland Games

June 26: Bands on the Boardwalk Scottish Festival, Winnipeg Beach, MB

July 1: Canada Day- We will be closed.

July 4: Fort Erie Friendship Festival

July 12-17: Lake Diefenbaker Pipe Band School
Openings remaining for 6 Pipers and 3 Drummers... Register Soon!

July 15: Lake Diefenbaker Pipe Band School Ceilidh

Only Until June 30- Purchase a set of Wallace Bagpipes and receive 10% off!!

Last chance to get a Korg CA40 tuner at a discounted price of $24.50! Enter "KORG" in the coupon code and we will apply the discount.

This Month's Video Clip

A skit from the Monty Python TV Series featuring "Kamikaze" Bagpipe Players.

Monty Python Kamikaze Scotsmen

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Premier KP2 Drumsticks

Beginner's Guide to Pipe Band Drumsticks

For beginners just starting with pipe band drumming, it is important to know that drumsticks for pipe bands are different than the ones used for rock and roll, jazz, or classical music. Pipe band sticks are much thicker than the above listed (up to 7/8" diameter) and are most often made from maple. Maple is a hard wood but very light which allows the sticks to be quite thick without being too heavy. These sticks are available in different weights but it is recommended to use a stick that weighs 56 to 64 grams. It is also common for drummers to choose a heavier stick to practice with in order to build up their endurance.

The most popular brand of sticks among drummers is the Premier KP2, also the favoured stick of many Grade 1 drum corps. Premier also manufactures a KP3 model which is heavier weight than the KP2. As far as weight goes, it is better for beginners to start with a heavier stick to learn how to maintain stick control when drumming. Lighter sticks bounce more and are more often used by the experienced drummers. But this is all personal preference; no set rules or guidelines to follow here.

The only other thing that you would really need to get started (besides the drum, but that's another topic) is a practice pad. The most common brand of these is the Hugh Cameron 10" Practice Pad. This pad is available in soft, medium, and hard. The soft practice pads provide more bounce, while a medium would require more work from the drummer.

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Rauncie Kinnaird
Kinnaird Bagpipes
Phone: 306-249-2939