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The bagpipe, a question of breath

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Have you ever tried playing the bagpipe? It’s a really difficult instrument to play.

The bagpipe belongs to a large family of wind instruments found all over the world, and in Scotland alone there are three types: the traditional Border pipe, the Small pipe and the Great Highland Bagpipe.

In theory, the principle is simple: the bag must be inflated. And while you play the notes, you send air by squeezing the bag with your arm. If everything is coordinated, your bagpipe produces a nice, powerful sound.

This is where the difficulties begin. Before you even hope to let a note out, you must have enough breath to keep the bag inflated. I tried, I did not succeed.

As for the Scotch Whisky that needs time to assert itself, it’s patience that will make me progress!

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