Crafting Great Tuning Sets

Knowing a tune is good.

Knowing a set is better.

Being able to play a good sounding set that also lets you check the tuning on your pipes is the best.

Having a good tune, or set, that allows you to make sure everything sounds correct, but you can also use to entertain, kills two birds with one stone and gives your repertoire depth.

Bagpipers and the Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross is the highest military award for members of the armed forces of the Commonwealth countries. This award is given for valor in the face of the enemy of the “most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valor or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.” We are going to look at three bagpipers who have won this award.

The Story of Highland Cathedral

Regal. Stately. Majestic. It’s one of the biggest bagpipe tunes ever, behind only "Amazing Grace" and perhaps "Scotland the Brave." "Highland Cathedral" is – or should be – in every piper’s repertoire.  But how much do you know about this tune? Time and again you’ll see it listed in programs as "Highland Cathedral" – traditional Scottish bagpipe tune. But that’s wrong.

A Piping Lesson from Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan, the ruthlessly ambitious 13th-century military leader, is notorious for leading his Mongol hordes to pillage and plunder their way across Asia and Europe to dominate and rule the world's largest contiguous empire. So how does one of the most (in)famous military generals of all time to demonstrate an important, if difficult to confront, truth about piping?