Teach Yourself Bagpipes by Lindsay Davidsonbringing quality 'piping instruction to you for free
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How to Practice
Order of Study
Rhythm and Reading Music
Transition to Bagpipes
Tuning a Bagpipe
Using Midi files
Where to buy equipment
Links to teachers
Links to Organisations
Links to pipe bands
Bands and MAP tunes
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Welcome to the E-School of
This is a partly experimental project aimed at allowing aspiring bagpipers with no local teacher to learn by themselves with the confidence that the method has been created by a reputable and highly experienced teacher, Lindsay Davidson. Likewise it is hoped that teachers may come to this resource for ideas, materials and to offer their own suggestions and exercises.
Before starting bagpipes, one needs a practice chanter; that is a very quiet and inexpensive instrument for practising at home. There is no need to spend a lot of money on this unless you are absolutely sure you want to play.
Here is a page offering a list of chanter and bagpipe suppliers
Bagpipe music consists of many rudiments. Each rudiment is described in a separate 'chapter', with an mp3 of it being played - please click on the image. Traditionally one learns all the basic rudiments and then progresses onto simple tunes. A suggested order of study is included although this is some cases can be altered. Each chapter is very short and it is hoped that time will be spent becoming fluent at playing. It is also hoped that approaching this task in small steps will make it easier and more enjoyable.
A free program written by Alan Corrie in the mid 1990s, developed together with Lindsay Davidson for the Complete Piping Service can be downloaded here. Please note: There are reports of difficulty in installing this on Windows 7. Pipewriter will be removed from the site in mid 2013.
Please add the site to your favourites and keep checking back regularly for upgrades, improvements and new exercises.
The site has been translated into Polish and partially into French. If you want to see it in another language and are able to help with translation, please contact the author.
The idea behind this website is not only to encourage and enable people to learn to play, but to collect experience and feedback and improve not only the face to face teaching experience, but to create the world's best distant learning programme for bagpipes.
You can find out more about bagpipes (and lots of other things) from this howtodothings.com article.
Please send your comments to Lindsay Davidson (email: lindsaydavidson(at)lindsaydavidson(dot)co(dot)uk) - they are critical to making this whole project worthwhile.
Please feel free to join the mailing list to find out about when changes are made to the teach yourself bagpipes pages - new tunes, new exercises, special events, and also to talk to other beginner pipers.
For information of what is planned and what upgrades will be made to the site please click on 'coming soon....'.
Hand Position and the Scale
G,D,E Gracenotes exercise
Doublings - general principles
Low G Doublings
Low A Doublings
High G Doublings
High A Doublings