Something that a brilliant piper told me not too long ago was to think of
the chanter; that often, people play a tune and then think about which
regulator keys to play with the tune, or song-tune. While this may be a
beginning step, you will want to move in a direction which would enable the
regulator-playing to be effortless and a non-thinking matter. While there's
a lot to do on the regulators, it doesn't compare to the amount you can do
on the chanter. Put your thoughts and your *juice* into the chanter and, at
some point, be able to have the regulator playing be almost second nature.
That's what I think I heard from said piper.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael P. Milburn" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2003 3:18 PM
Subject: Regulators: What to do???
I'm about to receive delivery of a tenor regulator, the rest to follow over
It's a daunting prospect! What should I start with? Obviously tuning. Then?
Are there some simple ways of beginning to integrate the regulators into
your playing, like starting with airs as opposed to dance tunes?