Bagpipe Lore

Learning the Great Highland Bagpipe is something that very few people choose to do. Becoming very good at it is something even fewer people do. It is said to be the most difficult of all woodwind instruments, and with good reason. It is a task of physical conditioning in strength and stamina as well as dexterity, not to mention the mental and physical coordination involved. A piper in performance is effectively doing about four things at once. But people from ages 4 to over 60 have taken up the challenge and many do well with persistence and practice.

Here you will find some ideas as to how to get started, tips and stories about what it is like to learn the pipes. It is a journey that begins humbly and has rewarding results, though the journey itself never really ends.

To the make of a piper go seven years... At the end of his seven years one born to it will stand at the start of knowledge, and leaning a fond ear to the drone he may have parley with old folks of old affairs.

-Neil Munro

So You Want to Learn the Bagpipes
by Bandmaster Kris Carmichael


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