Beginning Highland Bagpipe will not be offered the Winter Quarter of 2018 (January - March). The class will resume through Southeast Community College Continuing Education department in April. If there is sufficient interest I will also be offering an intermediate class. Hope you can join me then! Dave
SUN CITY, ORO VALLEY, INTRODUCTORY BAGPIPE CLASS STARTS JANUARY 30TH!
I will be teaching a six week introductory class on the Highland Bagpipe in Sun City, Oro Valley, AZ beginning on Tuesday, January 30th. Class time to be determined.
This is a beginning class, however some knowledge of basic music notation will be helpful. You will learn proper fingering for all notes of the bagpipe scale along with some basic ornamentation. You will read basic music and learn to play "Amazing Grace."
These are hands-on classes. A bagpipe is NOT required. Students use a practice chanter (as do all students of the Highland Bagpipe). Chanters are available from $62.00 and up at Henderson's Bagpipes (on-line) or from other on-line bagpipe retailers. Expect to pay above $60 for a good Chanter. Cheaper Chanters (under $60) are unreliable and frustrating for students to use.
$120 per person for six weekly one hour (small) classes. All ages welcome. Please call or contact me through the "contact" page of this this web-site to discuss.
Hope you can join us and explore all Piping has to offer!
I am also available in the Oro Valley area January through March for weddings, funerals, golf events, birthdays, or any other special event.
Private One on One
I teach Piping at Southeast Community College, and 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.