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Why practice makes perfect

Why practice makes perfect

2020 is rapidly becoming the year a virus devastated most of the competition season. Many will feel there isn’t really much point in practicing just now. However, perhaps this is indeed precisely the time to do the opposite: use the time to learn new tunes, perfect existing tunes, work on […]

50 years of judging

50 years of judging

Today’s article from our archives was originally a lecture. In 1985 James Campbell, the son of Archibald Campbell of Kilberry, delivered the John MacFadyen Memorial Trust Annual Lecture. It took place in the Chapel Royal of Stirling Castle on April 26, the night before the Piobaireachd Society Conference. Campbell’s lecture […]

Changing styles in pibroch playing – part 2

Changing styles in pibroch playing – part 2

By Peter Cooke In the first part of this article I described how two distinct performing traditions, which existed at the end of the 18th century, could be exemplified in the way notators chose to write out what is best regarded as one formulaic motif — the echoing beat on […]

Changing styles in pibroch playing – part 1

Changing styles in pibroch playing – part 1

With most of us self-isolating during these uncertain times, there is, perhaps inevitably, a dearth of news to report. However, we at Bagpipe.news will continue to use this time to bring you great articles from our archives. Today’s piece was written by Dr Peter Cooke and published in The International […]

Tone in the pipe band – part 2

Tone in the pipe band – part 2

In the second part of his two-part article on pipe band tone, Bob Shepherd discusses volume and also the controversial subject of pipe band formation. Tone in the pipe band– Part 2By Pipe Major Robert T. Shepherd From the table above (Fig. 6) it is observed that Pitch is employed […]

Tone in the pipe band – part 1

Tone in the pipe band – part 1

With most of us in some form of ‘lockdown’, many members of pipe bands are using technology to try to maintain some form of practice. In reproducing this excellent two-part article written by the late Bob Shepherd and published over two editions of The International Piper (November and December 1978), […]

Craigmount High School Pipe Band pictured in 1978.

The World Pipe Band Championships, 1978

The World Pipe Band Championships of 1978 were held in the town of Lanark. In those days the flagship event in the pipe band world was not held in the same place each year. The weather conditions weren’t great that day. The Worlds that year was notable in that Bob […]

Enough music for pipers

Enough music for pipers

This article, written by the legendary Jack Churchill, was published in the very first edition of The International Piper (May 1978). Jack Churchill was a British Army officer who fought in the Second World War with a longbow, bagpipes, and a Scottish broadsword. Nicknamed ‘Fighting Jack Churchill’ and ‘Mad Jack’, […]

Stuart Letford: Working from home

Stuart Letford: Working from home

Thousands of people are being encouraged to work from home for the first time due to the Coronavirus outbreak. For many of us, though, it’s just like any other week. There has been a trend in recent years for more of us to work from home and there are innumerable […]

Disinfecting bagpipes

Disinfecting bagpipes

Following Tommy Pearston’s article last week, cultivated from the Piping Times archives, we reproduce another of his pieces on hygiene, this time on the subject of disinfecting our instrument. This article appeared originally in the Piping Times of June 1953 and covers some misconceptions and sound advice on disinfecting our […]