Teach Yourself Bagpipes by Lindsay Davidsonbringing quality 'piping instruction to you for free
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About this project.....
The ‘E-School of Piping’, or ‘Teach Yourself Bagpipes’ has been set up by Pipe Major Lindsay Davidson BMus(Hons), Dip.Mus.Ed., PGCE, PhD - an experienced pipe major and former director of a school of piping and drumming in Scotland. The Davidson School of Piping had affiliates in USA and Australia prior to Lindsay closing down to go and live in Poland, where his wife, Irena, is from. Despite the name, the Davidson School of Piping was not Lindsay’s own idea – it was thought of by Richard Kean and Andrew Sutherland in Edinburgh, from the Stockbridge and Barnton Pipe Bands respectively. The idea was to create the Edinburgh School of Piping, but in the final days running up to the foundation of the school, Andrew discovered that someone else had beaten the team to it and set up such a business. Such is life….
At its maximum The Davidson School of Piping had over 200 students and 6 teachers – two full time and the rest part-time. However times move on and the team eventually found itself either unable to afford to stay in piping, or in other parts of the world doing the same thing. When Lindsay decided it was time for him to move on and try the next adventure in life, it was decided to close down the operations and leave a number of pipe bands in its place. This was successfully accomplished in just over a year of change.
If all you want to do is learn to play the bagpipes, or improve your piping, this is for you.
This site is a genuine free service. Honestly, nothing is being sold. It has been created in the spirit in which Lindsay himself received lessons – free of charge and for the love and progress of piping. It is truly hoped that many more people will learn to play bagpipes and come into piping as a result and go to bands, teachers, workshops, gatherings and so on, and of course buy instruments and books and CDs from all the makers and interested people out there.
Eventually, it may be that some workshops will be organised, or that Lindsay’s main site may sell learners’ music in the mp3 shop, but for now, teachyourselfbagpipes is growing as a service. It is hoped that piping will grow as a result.
Everyone should be able to learn, free.
Please, feel welcome to look at the other online tuition services – this is NOT competition, but an introduction to piping.
For those looking for tips and advice, please browse and compare with other sites. There are different viewpoints on many aspects of piping - some are presented here, and reasons are given for the stands taken.
There is nothing here yet regarding bagpipes from other countries, nor is there very much on the history or about building of bagpipes, drones, chanter or anything else. This concerns itself for now with on Great Highland Bagpipes, although later it may be possible to add subsections on smallpipes and chromatic borderpipes. However, please note that Gaita, uilleann pipes, Irish pipes, zampogna, galician pipes, dudy, gaida, dudelsack, sackpfiefe, northumbrian pipes, mediterranean bagpipes, bock and so on are all different instruments with different techniques. Maybe at some time someone else will do a site for learning to play these pipes too..
In the coming soon section you’ll see that piobaireachd (pibroch) will be addressed at some point in the (distant) future, once the basics are in place.
Your input is needed to make this site stronger and to give the users, often far from a real live teacher, the best possible chance at really learning something themselves. This includes informing about piping supplies, distributors, reedmakers and so on. We need to offer links to as wide a range of bagpipe and chanter and reed supply services as possible to show we are here for piping, not as a front for some other shop. Likewise, we need your user feedback to show where a shop or teacher or band have not acted in the interests of piping. We can withdraw a link, but we cannot bad-mouth anybody.
So if it’s ‘superb hand-made bagpipes’, chanters, a goose bag, drone tuner, airstream blowstick, Wee Mac, universal blowstick, pipecase, kilt, airtight seasoning, a sporran, brogues, argyle jacket, or even a piper or a pipe band for hire, hopefully you can find a link from here, but you can’t get it from here and you won’t be able to in the future either, not even a ball of hemp. That’s not our game...
We only offer everything you need to pick up and learn to play the bagpipes, to the best of your abilities.
If you are in approval of our spirit and our project and would like to help us develop it, please email the originator of the site, Lindsay Davidson. All feedback is helpful to us, all input welcome and gratefully received.
If you would like to help us get this better known, please copy and paste (or download the txt file to copy) the following email and send it to your friends, pipe major, webmaster etc (DO NOT SPAM ANYONE, CERTAINLY NOT IN MY NAME!!!):
I have recently came across a free teach yourself bagpipes site. It is a complete school, from zero to intermediate level tunes, with mp3 examples, exercises and very clear and simple instructions arranged in short chapters:
It is set up and led by Lindsay Davidson, PhD, who is from Scotland but lives mainly in Poland. It is an aim of the site many people who for whatever reason find themselves with a practise chanter, not just there, but everywhere, will be able to succeed in learning to play. The belief is that should they stick with piping, all pipers, pipe bands and piping supply services will have something to gain - be it a sale of a bagpipe, music books, reeds, attendance at summer schools, CDs, band membership or one to one lessons. It is in this spirit that the site has been established and is being updated all the time, and it is with this in mind that I respectfully ask if you could possibly find a space on your site for a link.
This is not trying to compete with commercial services, nor detract from them, but rather complement them by getting more people involved and developing the interest of those who already have chanters.
They are not selling anything on this site nor trying to set up competition to anyone.
Piping has for many years been taught free of charge, to its general benefit.
This site is offered in that tradition.
There is a links page for 'where to buy equipment', a 'where to find a pipe band' and a 'where to find a teacher' page. I am sure Lindsay Davidson would be delighted to add a link to you on any of these pages should you wish.
Thank you very much for your time and attention.