The Truth About Gigging

Are you ready to “gig”?  I mean, are you really READY to gig? I have taught many students during these last few decades. A lot of those students have been intrigued by the thought of playing for money. I don’t discourage them, for sure, but I do want to make sure...

Rhythm is Everything when playing the Bagpipe

When I started playing the bagpipe, I had already been playing the piano for 4 years. I was terrible at rhythm. My piano teacher would yell “Count, Gary, count!” but I still struggled. The problem, in reality, was that my piano teachers never actually taught me the...

Memorizing Bagpipe Music

I hear a lot of bagpipers tell me that they have a hard time memorizing tunes. That’s a true struggle because a good bagpiper is a person who can play a list of tunes by memory. It’s pretty much essential. The first question that I ask these people is; “Can you sing...

The Bagpipe Recessional

I think that one of the greatest things about playing the bagpipe is marching. I think most of our audience thinks so as well. I play a lot of weddings and funerals in the course of a year. When the bagpipe is allowed to play inside the church I always recommend a...

Price Vs Value

With our country coming out of the greatest recession since the Great Depression, people are concerned about prices. I believe that people who are misinformed about how business works believe that the cheapest price always wins. I personally believe that that is a...

Keep your eye on the goal!

When we start a new project, we are excited about it because it is new. As we get further into the project, we forget why we are doing it and often lose interest. As a person who teaches people to play the bagpipes, I find that part of my job is keeping the student...