Bagpipe Lessons; private or group class setting

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Vintage Pipes?

Let's get neglected bagpipes back into the hands of the next generation.  Let's get old bagpipes sounding great again!

Have a set of vintage pipes in your attic, garage, or cellar?  Wondering what to do with them?  Wondering if they are able to be restored, or if they are even worth restoring?  Please contact me and I'll try and find out an answer for you.

You may call or text me at 402-217-8170 to get the conversation started.  Better yet, send an email through the "Contact" page of this website and we can establish an email correspondence about what you have and what you'd like to do with your old pipes.  I buy vintage pipes at a fair price.  I can also get most pipes in playable condition for you.

If you have an old practice chanter, let me know.  I buy practice chanters, too.  My students are needing and looking  for practice chanters.

If you are nearby and want to bring them in, I'll take a look at them.  I am based in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Dave McCleery

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Private One on One

Bagpipe Lessons/Instruction

I teach Piping at Southeast Community College, and offer private one-on-one lessons in my home. 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 gracenotes. 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

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 hardwoods. 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 offer a child's chanter. Chanters made from rosewood are inexpensive and readily available over the internet for purchase, but they are cheaply and not very carefully crafted.  The finger holes are odd sizes, small, and are difficult for first learners to feel with their fingers. They often sound bad, they tend to squawk and sometimes are way out of tune.  You get what you pay for, and my students that purchase them don’t enjoy their practice as much as they could.. To see a full line of practice chanters search of any number of reputable online bagpipe suppliers. Expect to pay $60.00 and up for a decent practice chanter.

Please contact me with any questions! Use the contact page of this site, or call/text 402-217-8170.


Dave McCleery