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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

August 2012

in this issue
:: News
:: Upcoming Events
:: Scottish Humor
:: Featured Article
:: Video Clip



Last month's survey question:          

Did you/Will you attend a pipe/drum school this year?   

Yes 40.6%

No 59.3% 

A large quantity of the "No" responses said that they wanted to, but time, money, work, and family commitments did not allow it this year.


This month's survey question:       

The RSPBA has announced that it will offer live streaming of The Worlds again this year. Will you watch the live stream?

Answer the Question 




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Black Friday Free Shipping

We have been inspired by the World Pipe Band Championships to offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders of $100 or more received from Aug 10th-13th. Enter coupon code Worlds to get the offer. 

Good Luck to everyone participating in the Worlds.



New Simon Fraser University Pipe Band Live from New York City CD.

SFU Live from NYC  


Upcoming Events  

Scottish Humor


 A Scotsman was invited for a visit to the home of his Canadian friend. Soon after the Scotsman arrived, he glanced out the window to see a huge beast just outside. He pointed, and asked his Canadian friend, "Och, lad, what's that?" The Canadian replied, "Oh, that's a moose." The Scotsman stared in disbelief, and replied, "That's a moose?! Well, how big are yer cats around here?"


 Featured Article


 Find an Instructor


For those considering taking up the bagpipes or just starting out, an instructor can be vital.  The bagpipes are a complicated wind instrument and an instructor can help you to correct bad posture, poor fingering techniques, and poor tuning early before they become a hard habit to break.  

When looking for an instructor, it's important that you find one that suits your goals.  Make sure you explain if you plan to play competitively or just for fun, and if you want to learn piobaireachd. Ask the instructor what grade level they are and if they have ever competed. Also ask how long they have been piping and teaching, how many students they currently have, if they have any references you can contact and what the cost it.

There are many places to find instructors. A good start is to check with local pipe bands.  There are often many band members who will offer instruction and occasionally the band itself will offer free instruction. The Bagpipe Association may list instructors in your area.  Highland Games and Festivals have lots of piping contacts.  Some Musical Instrument shops may be able to refer you to someone, as they often have knowledge of the local music scene. Piping suppliers will have a better idea as they deal with pipers regularly and will often know local instructors and bands.  You can also search online to find piping instructors in your area. If you are unable to locate any near you, there are some online courses available, including Ken Eller of Captain's Corner.  



Video Clip     


Thanks to those who sent in their favorite clips in response to last week's "Bagpipes on TV" article.

One clip sent in was from
Start Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Scotty plays Amazing Grace on the bagpipes at Spock's funeral.

The person who submitted the clip said that he met George Takei (Commander Sulu) and asked if Jimmy Doohan (Scotty) was really playing in that scene. George said that he was playing in the scene and was an accomplished piper.
Thanks Marcus!

Recent Reviews

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"I used these reeds for a few years in a set of hardie pipes and they worked great. Plug and play. They did tend to shut off after a couple hours of play, but once I upgraded to a canister system they stopped shutting off. Would recomend as far as being a good value for the price."

"Great reeds, I play these in Dunbar P3s. These are a especially good match for Dunbar poly pipes. They are a little tricky to set the bridles just right, but once they are set, the drones sound awesome. I recommend getting the inverted tongues, I have these in all three drones."



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