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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

May 2015  

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:: Upcoming Events
:: Featured Article



Last month's survey question:                
If you could give one piece of piping/drumming advice to your younger self, what would it be? 


There were so many great responses that we decided to post them as our Featured Article.  See below. 



This month's survey question:         

Since many responded to our last survey that they would tell their younger selves to "Start Younger", at what age did you begin piping/drumming?      
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Thank you to everyone who completed our Annual Customer Survey.
We appreciate your feedback and are working our way through the responses. The winner of the $100 Gift Certificate was Ryan Henderson. 

Lake Diefenbaker Pipe Band School is now accepting applications.   Take a look at the website for more information.

US customers- Save Now! The exchange rate offers about 20% discount!

Ex.: HBT3 Tuners are $110 CAD, but with the conversion it is currently about $92 USD*!!

*Please note that the exchange rate is constantly changing and exact exchange rate at time of purchase may vary.

Canadian Customers- Save now! Shopping in US currency means about 25% premium on all products. Landed Canadian prices, mean savings!

HBT3 Tuners from a US competitor are $105 USD, which is about $126 CAD!

Upcoming Events
Video Clip

We are off to the Saskatchewan Highland Games where the Mudmen will be performing.  If you haven't checked them out yet, they play lots of events across Canada and in the US. Here's a clip of them performing "Where I Come From"

Featured Article

(From last month's survey) If you could give one piece of piping/drumming advice to your younger self, what would it be?

These top responses came up several times: 
-Start younger

-Practice better/harder/more often  

-Don't give up/quit!!!!  

-Find a good teacher & listen to them 

-Work hard to learn your basics/Grace Notes/Rudiments

-Have fun/enjoy it

-You will meet many different personalities in a band, treat everyone with respect but demand the same in return

-Go easier on your hands

-Don't manipulate drone reeds to tune to bad chanter reeds.

-Ditch cane drone is too short and solo performances already too stressful to deal with those things!

-Don't be afraid to ask questions

-Have your pipes properly set up before you transition from your practice chanter, so that you know any issues are yours, not the pipes!

-Pay attention to the Pipe Major

-Don't be intimidated by other players, by all means have fun! It's all that really matters.

-Use a metronome more.

-Perform better maintenance on bagpipes

-Specify goals and a time-frame

-Tap your foot to the beat and place the FIRST gracenote of doublings on the beat.

-Don't let people's snide comments bother you so much.

-Learn to read music.

-Learn the difference between practice (which is arduous and tedious) and rehearsal (which means playing full pieces).

-Slow down

-Clean out or replace the bag

-Distance yourself from your parents and have fun with it.
-Seek not the win but the pleasure of the music. True perfection is impossible!

-Be inclusive and not critical of others for what goes around will come around.

-Get it right the first time. So much harder to correct bad technique than to learn it right the first time over.

-Have patience and focus on proper technique. the rest will come.

-Be sure that you understand each lesson before practice, you may be practicing incorrectly. You really do not want to relearn.

-Life's too short to spend on hard reeds.


Thanks for all your contributions!



Scottish Humor

A film crew was filming in the highlands when an old Gaelic seer came hobbling by. "Tomorrow rain," he informed them and hobbled on. Sure enough it rained the very next day. Again he hobbled past: "Tomorrow sunshine," he let them know, and it was indeed a fine sunny day the next day.  

The director was mighty impressed and got the crew to hire him and every day the wise old sage predicted accurately what the weather would be. But after a couple of weeks the old man didn't show up and eventually the director found him in a bothy.  

"Hey, we need your predictions, why aren't you showing up?" "Radio broken," the old man replied.


Product Reviews              


Warnock Chanter Reeds
"The choice of our band for our McCallums, the Warnocks give great volume, easy to work with, and help create a very true scale that for us means less tape on the chanters. Handles moisture well too. Matched well with these chanters!"

Megarity Chanter Reeds
"Next to the Chesney Warnocks, these are my band reeds of choice. Consistent and easy to set up. Good life even with grade 4 players. We use MCC2 chanters but I've also had great luck with these for Colin Kyo chanters."



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Let other customers know what you thought of the products we offer.



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