I have been teaching bagpipes face to face and using Skype for several years, with a number of successes. The Skype approach is a compromise compared with face to face tuition, but has proven to be a very good one for many situations. This article discusses using Skype, or other similar internet based tools, for … Continue reading Is Skype too great a compromise for bagpipe lessons?
Legends with practice chanters
Many people have said that the practice chanter and the pipes are different instruments; just because you are a “legend” on your practice chanter doesn’t mean you will be brilliant with a set of pipes on your shoulder. So, what’s behind this, why does it matter and what can be done about it? I recently … Continue reading Legends with practice chanters
Tuning Devices That Deceive
I have seen electronic tuners used painstakingly to set bands' drones accurately OUT OF TUNE. So, are electronic tuners of any use? Let’s start with a clear answer: an electronic tuning device is a high value tool when setting up a pipe corps. BUT, you need to use it intelligently to achieve the result, a … Continue reading Tuning Devices That Deceive
Correct finger positioning on a chanter
Could YOU improve the positioning of your fingers on a pipe chanter? This article is for you to think about. It suggests some things that may not suit some people, but I believe it will be helpful to many. Over the last several years, I have come across a number of experienced pipers who … Continue reading Correct finger positioning on a chanter