“How long does it take to learn a new tune?” 

This was a question asked this week in my group, “Playing the Bagpipe”.  The answer? Well, it could take a few minutes, hours, days, weeks and even years to learn a new tune depending on whether you have a plan or are just winging it. I keep saying in these blogs that...

Stop, Isolate and Drill (Not “Stop, Drop and Roll”.

DAILY BAGPIPE ADVICE: When you catch on fire, you STOP, DROP AND ROLL. When you’re practicing the bagpipe and you hit a bump in the music, you STOP, ISOLATE AND DRILL. Stop, drop and roll is a very effective way to put out a fire on your body. You probably...

Rhythm VS Technique

I’ve written a lot about rhythm over the years.  Rhythm is my specialty!  Why?  Simply because I think the difference between being an accomplished bagpiper and being dependent on other players has to do with rhythm.  Because the bagpipe is a folk instrument, it is...

Getting the Most For Your Money

DAILY BAGPIPE ADVICE: “Your bagpipe teacher’s job is to teach you how to practice during the week after your lesson.   If you are doing your own thing, then you aren’t paying enough money…or enough attention.” There are a few different ways that you can...

Weekly Bagpipe Advice Number 2

“Daily Bagpipe Advice:  Big, Slow & Open is a method of practicing the Great Highland Bagpipe, not a porn film!” Because playing the Great Highland Bagpipe is about precision, learning how to practice this instrument effectively is key to becoming a successful...