I haven't seen the rest of the threads on this one because of time
restraints, but could it be you have too much air going thru the chanter?
When I ajdust the bridle just right and the moon and stars blah blah blah,
my fingers just lightly cover the holes to produce the tones, same as with
My 2 cents,
From: Kenneth Wolman <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2002 12:41 PM
Subject: A pain in the hand...
...which proves that I'm not klutz enough to have sat on the pipes yet.
Remember I'm new to this when I say that playing HURTS after about 15
minutes of scales, nice lovely long tones. Is the pain normal? I don't
mean it hurts my eardrums, it cramps my hands. I need to stop, take a
breather, and then go back. Is this simply a matter of building muscles in
the hands that are unused to this sort of positioning, or could it be I've
got to experiment with different ways of holding the chanter because I'm
doing something wrong? This is where I am already starting to miss having
someone nearby who can sit opposite me and say "You're doing it wrong."
Unfortunately, AFAIK, Central New Jersey is not a haven for uilleann pipers.
Instant correction is lots better than hitting the Rewind button endlessly.
"Do you think grief is anything like depression? Go with grief. It's better.
In grief you're at least feeling a rich, deep feeling. In depression you
don't even have that, it's just that awful feeling of nullity."--Dick Cavett