At this stage in the game, SLOW DOWN!!! Slow every movement down to the point where you think you're going too slow...then go even slower. Concentrate on what each finger is doing and where it is going. Even when you get on the pipes and just warm up with the chanter. Keep everything slow. The trick is to keep the timing of the doublings or movements the same, so slow the speed of the entire movement down, but keep the timing within the movement steady and even.
The benefit here is that once time passes and your playing tunes on your bagpipe you're not going to be too preoccupied with your fingerwork. All the time you put practicing your execution slowly will pay off. Your fingers will move out of instinct from what you've taught them to do. If you practice slow and evenly, then it will be perfect everytime, no matter the speed. If you rush it, then I guarantee you'll miss that movement everytime. Give it time, good qulaity time, and you'll turn out just fine. Rush it, and you'll wind up playing like just another parade piper...just good enough. But you want more, right? All the best, and enjoy it!
>Just started learning the chanter and I'm having
>trouble going from B to D for the doublings. My
>fingers just miss the holes by a hair's breadth (they
>stretch too far). Maybe it's because I took so long
>forcing myself to learn the low D pennywhistle, which
>does have a horrendous span. I've no doubt that I'll
>get it right in the end. I have all the tenacity in
>the world and I'm in no hurry. I'm just curious to
>know if others have run into the same problem?
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