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Date Posted: 14:39:40 05/26/02 Sun
In reply to: Pat 's message, "Stamina" on 20:02:30 05/25/02 Sat

>I've been piping a couple months now after spending
>the better part of 2 years on the practice chanter.
>I've done a couple favors for some of my friends by
>playing outside the church for thier weddings. I
>sound OK for the short time I'm able to play. After 4
>or 5 tunes my lips need a break. How do I build up
>the stamina to play like many of the pipers I see who
>are able to play for an hour without starting to
>drool? I know you will say practice and I do. I just
>don't seem to be getting any further ahead. Hi Pat......I assume that you are using all 3 drones when you`re playing at weddings,etc.If that`s the case you can try playing until you start to lose it then cork off 1 drone and continue for as long as you can then cork off another drone and so forth.You should find after a while that you can play longer and longer with regular practicing.As far as drooling goes that may never go away !!! :-) Good Luck,Thom

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Date Posted: 11:31:28 05/27/02 Mon

Well, i think that more practice can help you, even with the drooling problem.
drooling is caused by a bad seal of the lips on the blowpipe. practice more will strengthen your lips and make a better seal.
i've also heared that drinking water before playing can help that. but i never tried it. my drooling problem been fixed by playing.

cheers and good luck,

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Date Posted: 01:43:43 07/25/02 Thu

I had this problem when i started bout 10yrs ago and as you said practice. Also just blow the bag for 20 - 30mins a day, no chanter. That will get your lips in check( i did it for months then i was allowed a chanter)
Corking your drones would work but ONLY one of them , usually the middle tenor. Never never cork 2!!! can't state that enough. If you can't handle it don't play in public. I know that sounds harsh , but trust me you'll be happier in the end. Other than that , play everyday is possible , your lips will strenghten.

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