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:
Gary Guth is a professional bagpiper with over 45 years of playing experience and has been teaching bagpipes full time for the last 20 years. He has written "Bagpipes For Beginners", "the Bagpipe Hymnal", and " A Piper's Christmas".