“I just wanted to take the time to thank you. I know you get paid and this is your job, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been really excited about something and I see myself getting a little better than the previous day. Especially in times like this, playing my chanter is one of the best parts of my day and I look forward to it. Anyway, thank you. We would all be a lot better if there were more understanding and patient people like yourself in the world and I just want to thank you for what you do and for putting up with me sometime.”

Chris Gomez-CA

I’m so glad you spent time teaching me how to clean, maintain and troubleshoot ….I have been at a cemetery awaiting the funeral party warming up in the cold wind … Pipes great when tuned just before I left home …. then whipped em out and …. Oh my… Horrible..😩 . What saved the day was your voice in my head… telling me to calm down and troubleshoot the issues …. You’re the best ….  Really appreciate the invite to the [Facebook] group, I feel like it was a God Wink 😉 for me to pick em back up and do something for me …. God Bless you Gary Guth …. Most Awesome Instructor Ever 😜🙏”

Anna Campbell-TX

“I didn’t expect such a positive and motivating experience, and I am excited about my next step…joining a band. I will let you know how I progress. Thanks for everything. I look forward to keeping in touch.”

~ Pat Wherry, NJ

Hello Gary,
I guess it’s finally time to fill you in on my pipe journey.
My wife told me recently that I needed to come clean with you and explain where I’ve been and then I received your note.
Anyway, about August last year I became really busy and found reasons not to practice for almost three months. I finally figured out that it wasn’t busyness that was the problem. I didn’t follow your instructions and after playing acceptably well Scots Wha Hae I moved forward and tried to play Blue Bells. Well, I had no idea how it should sound and hadn’t worked the prep drills properly. I thought that I couldn’t figure the tune out. So that made it easy to procrastinate.
Anyway, I started working at it again in November. I stuck with your program methodology and now I think that I am reasonably playing Amazing Grace, Blue Bells (which isn’t all that difficult, now),
Bonnie Prince Charlie and working on Johnnie Scobie.
For fun I play melodies of songs that I have an idea of how they should sound (Scotland the Brave, Danny Boy, Mull of Kintyre, Going Home).
So that’s where I’ve been and I was a little ashamed to contact you.
I think my three month hiatus actually cost me over four months of time.
Since November I have been practicing every day with a rare day off.
Last week I was feeling like I could move between these tunes and play at will but then I got a little sloppy and all of the tunes suffered. So now I’m going back and giving each tune longer attention time and feeling better about them. I also go back and practice all of the drills in your program.
Your program is great and I really enjoy playing the chanter but I think that its time for me to get through the tunes that you proscribe so that I can get some pipes.

Chris Adrian, FL

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Hello, I’m Gary Guth

I’m very lucky to be a full-time bagpiper who has been playing the bagpipe since 1972 and who has made a living as a bagpiper since 1997! I have taught more than 7500 hours of bagpipes lessons and played nearly 2000 gigs since that time!

I teach people from 8 to 80 to play The Great Highland Bagpipe of Scotland.  I specialize in men over 40 who thing their going to die right away.  Playing the bagpipe is on their bucket list.  I also teach a lot of women and kids.

My goal is to make you an accomplished player.  That is person who can:

  • Play a list of tunes by memory on the bagpipe.
  • Learn and develop their own music.
  • Set up and Maintain a set of bagpipes.

This should be a 3 to 5 year process!  My job is to teach you “how to practice this week”.  If you do that you will succeed!  I look forward to working with you.

Hello, I’m Gary Guth

I’m very lucky to be a full-time bagpiper who has been playing the bagpipe since 1972 and who has made a living as a bagpiper since 1997! I have taught more than 7500 hours of bagpipes lessons and played nearly 2000 gigs since that time!

I teach people from 8 to 80 to play The Great Highland Bagpipe of Scotland.  I specialize in men over 40 who thing their going to die right away.  Playing the bagpipe is on their bucket list.  I also teach a lot of women and kids.

My goal is to make you an accomplished player.  That is person who can:

  • Play a list of tunes by memory on the bagpipe.
  • Learn and develop their own music.
  • Set up and Maintain a set of bagpipes.

This should be a 3 to 5 year process!  My job is to teach you “how to practice this week”.  If you do that you will succeed!  I look forward to working with you.

My job is to teach you ‘how to practice this week”!

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