How to Inflate the Bagpipe Bag

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Learn how to inflate the bag in this free video series that will show you everything you need to know about playing the bagpipe.

Part of the Video Series: Prepare a Bagpipe Before Playing it
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NEIL HUBBARD: Getting air into the bagpipe is a simple matter of blowing into the tube, which inflates the bag. The bag then sort of becomes, like an extra lung, a third lung. It's the arm that is used to regulate the pressure. A lot of people ask me, "Well, you must have really strong lungs." Well, I guess I do have pretty good lungs and a pretty good diaphragm. You wind up building up a lot of strength around your lips and your mouth in order to seal the blowpipe, but it's really all about the arm pressure. So, what I'm going to do is just inflate the bag and get some sound going out of these things, and you'll notice how I'm going to blow in, use my arm to keep the pressure going, take a breath, and blow back, and keep a consistent tone.

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