Interested in Playing the Bagpipes? Here’s How to Get Started!

Interested in Playing the Bagpipes? Here’s How to Get Started!

  You’ve probably heard the phrase “everything happens for a reason.” Many of us believe this is true and that – ultimately – we wind up where we’re supposed to be, doing what we should be doing. I think about this when I ponder how my bagpiping got...
Which Path Will You Choose?

Which Path Will You Choose?

In the 30 years since I began teaching, I have seen one of two things happen to most students. Initially, they are excited to learn to play the bagpipes. They come to lessons weekly, practice daily, and progress to the point where they are ready to buy pipes. At that...

Warning! Some types of practicing may be hazardous to your home!

  I hear a lot of funny stories from my students about practicing. Here’s one of them. One of the hardest parts of learning to play the pipes is getting the hand position “right”. The hands need to be flat and straight and slightly angled downward almost at a...
Warning:  BTO’s can limit and even damage your bagpipe career!

Warning: BTO’s can limit and even damage your bagpipe career!

In the past I’ve written about the importance of a tune list and the dangers of “plate spinning”. Here’s a little more on that topic. Bagpipers are always excited about new tunes and different music. That’s great! However, there are some hard and...

The Tune Pyramid

  In addition to being musical, playing the bagpipe is all about precision. There’s no denying that our instrument is very loud. Because of that, it not only needs to be tuned to precision, but it needs to be played to precision. In most cases, we memorize all...