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Date Posted: 23:01:19 07/02/02 Tue

currently i am 16 yrs old. I already have played the trumpet for 7 years, i play a little french horn, and i taught myself a little piano. I became interested in the bagpipes when my favorite band, korn, had them in their cd, and ever since i wanted to learn to play them. a few days ago i received my first set of pipes, unfortunately i am cannot get a noise out of them. if anyone has any pointers to help me out, feel free to email it too me. i know from other instruments the time and dedication learning a new instrument requires, so any thing you have to say will help. thank you!!! arabea@entermail.net

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Paul Hinson
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Date Posted: 08:54:05 07/04/02 Thu

1. Set the bagpipe aside and use/get a practice chanter to do your initial learning. It is a lot less stress on you and on family/friends/neighbors than trying to learn the fundimentals on the big pipe.

2. Try to find a local instructor to help you. I had a music background similar to yours. Other than being able to read music, playing brass instruments did little to prepare me for the bagpipe. I grew up in an area which had no other pipers so it was me and the green tutor book. Again, speaking from experience, try to find an instructor learning will go a lot easier.

Paul Hinson

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Jim MacRae
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Date Posted: 22:23:53 07/07/02 Sun

I would wonder where you got your pipes. There are a lot of poor quality pipes being offeres especially over internet and ebay. I would be surprised if they are one of these if they ever played very well if at all. Get pipes from a reputable dealer of pipes made in Scotland, Canada or USA.

As Paul suggests, get a teacher. You can look at this site: http://www.teachlist.com/

Good Luck.

Jim MacRae
Trussville, Alabama

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