Our ears are the most important tool we have when playing the bagpipes.
As the Tokyo Olympics wrapped up recently, I reflected on how the Olympics are considered a display of peak athletic performance.
The best athletes collect to compete on snow, turf, ice, grass, court, and track – it's an inspirational display of athletics and human physical achievement.
As with any intense activity (including bagpiping), Olympic athletes suffer through mental barriers when trying to stay motivated, keep improving, and attain personal goals.
For centuries, there has been a long-held belief that bagpipes were classified as an instrument of war and were banned in the Act of Proscription of 1746.
The story goes that in the aftermath of the Jacobite Rising of 1745, culminating in the now infamous Battle of Culloden, possessing a set of pipes or playing bagpipes them was banned.
Unfortunately, history is always far more complicated than we think...
https://youtu.be/Bk7RVw3I8eg This is such a great performance for so many reasons. Whether you like (very) heavy metal or not, you can't deny David Draiman is…