SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE PIPING CLASS
Starting Fall 2017 I will be teaching an eight week class at Southeast Community College on Beginning Highland Bagpipe. The class will run eight weeks, once a week, from 6:30pm - 8pm. More information will be forthcoming from Southeast Community College: southeast.edu/Continuing. The class will also be listed in their Fall 2017 Continuing Education Schedule. Now is your chance to see if piping is for you! Please contact me directly through this site if you have any questions.
This will be an introductory class designed for the beginning student. Students will learn the proper fingering for all notes of the bagpipe scale along with some basic ornamentation. This is a round table, hands on class, that will include practice. No prior knowledge of music is necessary. All instructional information will be provided. Students will learn to read basic music and play Amazing Grace on a practice chanter. Don’t have a practice chanter? No problem. They are readily available from online retailers starting at $26.00. (See Practice Chanter photo above.)
I offer private one-on-one lessons. All that is required is a practice chanter and determination to start. My fee is $15 for a half hour, and $25 for an hour. For beginners a half hour to an hour lesson once a week is usually more than adequate. Please contact me through the contact page of the web site if interested.
The Bagpipe is a difficult instrument. Good instruction is essential and a lot of adults have learned to play. By combining patience and perseverance with an intelligent approach anyone can learn to play the bagpipe.
The pipes are not an instrument you pick up on your own, no matter how many other instruments you play. They are a very technical instrument with a sophisticated system of gracenoting. Written tutorials do not always steer you clear of pitfalls.
To make significant progress, you should be prepared to practice in a very focused way for a minimum of 20 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. Students who work the hardest and spend the most time practicing are the ones who advance the quickest. Talent is only part of the equation; hard work is the key.
You do not start with a set of bagpipes. Instead, you will start with a practice chanter, which is a small recorder-like instrument that is quiet and also more affordable. In the first several months, you will begin by learning the fingering and gracenoting system required to play Highland Bagpipe tunes.
Practice chanters come in two sizes: regular and long. Practice chanters can be made out of polypenco (also called delrin), which is basically plastic or they can be made out of various hard woods. The long chanter has finger holes the same distance apart as those on the bagpipe chanter. Younger children often start on the shorter version. Some companies also offer a child's chanter for very young children. To see a full line of practice chanters search of any number of reputable on-line bagpipe suppliers.
Please contact me with any questions! Use the contact page of this site, or call/text 402-217-8170.