In the bagpipe world, I’m an advocate for teaching sight reading skills. As the bagpipe plays at one volume, it could almost be described as a rhythm instrument. When playing the bagpipe, all of the musical expression is accomplished by manipulating the rhythm patterns between the beats, making rhythm skills essential to good playing. I’ve said before that the purpose of any music lessons isn’t to become a lifetime student. Rather, the purpose of any kind of music lessons is to become an accomplished player. There are many benefits as a result of becoming accomplished at rhythm. The most important is being able to learn and develop your own music. Just this alone will decide the length of your bagpipe career. Bagpipers don’t quit because they don’t like the instrument anymore They quit because they are bored and tired of playing the “same old tunes”. Developing bagpipe technique: Everything from playing a grace note to executing a crunluath is rhythm based. Knowing how to use rhythm to practice these ornaments makes them happen sooner and with more precision. Climbing the Band Ladder: Pipe bands want people who can play and add value to their groups. They want people who can learn their own music. The one thing that holds many players back, in this instance, is the lack of rhythm skills. I’d like to invite you to take a few free video lessons. This will initiate you into a new world of skills. Let me know what you think. Watch the first video below and sign up for the program. It's free!