Archive for the 'Music' Category

Controversy of Composers

Friday, January 25th, 2008

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the Controversy of Composers contest (at last)!

Many thanks to those musicians who submitted tunes. We were quite unprepared for, and impressed by, the volume of submissions – and each was given their due. In between preparing content for each issue of the magazine (and [...]

Improve your bagpiping by improving yourself.

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Over at Hack Yourself, there is a list of solid tips to help you improve yourself. As the new year approaches, it is a good place to start. My favorite:

Stop assigning blame. This is the first step. Stop assigning blame and leave the past behind you.

Improving as a bagpiper, drummer, or pipe band begins with [...]

Plant a tree for bagpipes.

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

A Christmas gift for the pipers in your life. For a bit more than $85, you can plant 60 mpingo (African blackwood) saplings for the future good of Highland bagpipers (and, one assumes, luxury phone users and builders looking for unique flooring and toilet seats).

Good Gifts, a website providing value-based holiday gifts, is extending the [...]

The Great Highland Electro Pipes

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Modern technology has not left bagpipes behind. The Faegerstrom chanter and Deger Pipes have been around for ages but that does not prevent clever musicians the world over from hacking their own.

Ten Tips for Being a Great Musician

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

As pipers and drummers, it is sometimes easy to get so wrapped up in the “Highland” arts that we forget that the experience of making music is mostly the same for players of any instrument. Over at the The Intellectual Musician blog, you can find The Ten Best Tips I Ever Heard for Being a [...]

Dante’s Bagpipes: A Divine Comedy

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Piping research can seem at times to be a Dantésque sojourn into the unknown. It inspires detective work for sure. The skills needed often run between being Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones. Last issue’s History article, “The Way Home to Dunoon” featured “The Dunoon Home Guard,” a tune allegedly penned in the hand of John [...]

Bagpipe photo of the week.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
Mini Alre Originally uploaded by YoannLeGoff.

This week’s bagpipe photo also tips a hat to Bagad Kevrenn Alre, who were in NYC for a host of events, including the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and a concert with The Chieftains at Carnegie Hall.

A St. Patrick’s Day Tune!

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! “March Madness” may mean college basketball and more college basketball to many, but to the bagpiper in the U.S., it takes on a new meaning that has nothing to do with bouncing balls in nets.

Paddy’s day celebrations throughout the U.S. may be an American invention, but there is no doubt that [...]

New installment of piping guide eBook up…and FREE!

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

The next installment of “Ultimate Piping Guides” eBooks for players of the Highland bagpipes is up and available exclusively here at The Voicelog. The first guide, Starting Off, covers all those topics beginning pipers wish someone would tell us early on.

The newest guide, Piper’s Mind, deals with the “inner piper” and the mental aspects of [...]

Winter Issue Off!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

The Winter issue of The Voice is in the post and on its way to readers. Featured in this issue:

• The Tempo of Doom! Playing good tempos for good rhythm by Mark Humphrey

• Basics: Bridling That Sound. The “lost art” of working with cane drone reeds by PM William Roberston

• Hitting the High Notes. The [...]