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weepiper best way to learn an instrument??? (17) RE: best way to learn an instrument??? 24 May 02

I taught myself to play the smallpipes for a year or two, and got frustrated because I couldn't figure out how to make tunes sound like they wanted to. So I started getting lessons from a friend, and after having to unlearn a lot of bad habits :-( it all began to fall into place. Do you have a teacher, or a friend who can occasionally give some tips?

The most useful thing he's taught me is to SLOW DOWN to the point of ridiculousness if there's a tune or a bit of a tune you're stumbling on. It's deathly dull but it really works, you can hear all the mistakes and how they're happening, and work on it from there.

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