Freedom Phase 3: Bagpipe Posture, Blowing Mechanics, and Tuning Drones
Now that we are successfully playing some basic music on our practice chanter, the next Freedom Phase begins to integrate the bagpipe itself into our arsenal.
In this step we will address three essential "bedrock" fundamentals when it comes to the "big instrument":
- Displaying great bagpipe posture (the 4 non-negotiables).
- Displaying excellent physical blowing mechanics. (Steady blowing with a manometer).
- "Decent" tuning of two drones together (bass and 1 tenor).
Resources to Help You With This Freedom Phase
- The Transitioning to the Bagpipes Course is your main resource on this. We go into depth on the 4 non-negotiables of bagpipe posture, physical blowing mechanics, and basic tuning in this course.
- Don't forget that immersion may be the most important factor in the development of any fundamental! Utilize our Live Classes, Courses, Study Groups, and our Belt Program to build skill, experience, and to have fun!
- Put a golf tee or ear-plug in your chanter. Attach a Dojo-style water manometer to your middle tenor.
- Record a video sustaining manometer within half an inch of a set target for 60 seconds, with excellent posture, and Bass + 1 Tenor "decently" tuned.
- Target should be minimum 24 inches of water
- All posture points + manometer level should be visible in recording.
- Important: Stand so that all 4 posture points AND the water level of the manometer are visible in the video!
- Here is an example recording of a successful assignment: (Coming Soon)
- Here is a brief lesson on how to video record your bagpipes, and share it using a link.
- A PDF checklist of the exact criteria we will evaluate you on can be found here.
- Submit by Thursday at noon Eastern US time.
Do your best with the assignment. If you don't succeed (which is more common than not), that's ok! You'll get great feedback from our team for you to use to try again next week. Utilize the One-Take Rule and don't fall into the trap of negativity with this exercise. Even if it doesn't always feel like it, you are getting better at a rate far faster than ever before!