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More in Common than you would think!

In 2014 I had the opportunity to borrow a set of Swayne G pipes from a friend. Initially I expected it to be difficult to pick up. My main experience was playing the Italian transverse ocarina, an instrument that, on the surface, could appear completely unrelated. Yet I quickly realised that many similarities exist, similarities that allowed me to pick up the basics of the bagpipes quite easily. To give a quick introduction, ocarinas are wind instruments that produce sound using the resonance of a hollow chamber, instead of a tube....

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By Hickman, Robert

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