Striking up the pipes was very much hit and miss for me, until recently. I can now get 9/10 success rate 🙂
I used to think that the strike up was about pressing the right hand ( if you are a right handed piper) against the bag while keeping the left lower arm steady and using is a kind of anvil which doesn’t move. Wrong! At least for me. The solution is to press both the right and and left lower arm into the bag at the same time. Simple.
Now back to warming up those pipes for tuning practice.