Bagpipe Lessons; private or group class setting

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Pipe lessons continue this summer at Southeast Community College. 

Classes begin July 9th

Space is limited, register soon.

Beginning Highland Bagpipe: An introductory course for the beginning student.

Students will learn proper fingering for all notes of the bagpipe scale along with basic ornamentation. This is a round-table hands on class. Knowledge of basic music notation is helpful. All instructional material will be provided. Don’t have a practice chanter? No problem. They are readily available from online retailers starting at $60—cheaper canters do not work well.

Go to: • 402-437-2700 • 800-828-0072

Keyword: Bagpipes July 9-Aug. 20 M 6:30-8 p.m. $65 Lincoln, CEC, 301 Dave McCleery, instructor LLLX-1409-CEUA

Questions?  Contact Dave through the information on the "Contact" tab above.  I look forward to you joining us!  Dave


Intermediate Bagpipe: This class is a continuation of Beginning Bagpipes. and students do not need to have taken Beginning Bagpipes to enroll.

Students do not need to have taken Beginning Bagpipes to enroll. If a student is already knowledgeable with basic bagpipe music notation and is able to accurately play the bagpipe scale with G grace notes, they can step right in. This is a roundtable, hands-on class. Students will need their own practice chanter.

Go to: • 402-437-2700 • 800-828-0072

Keyword: Bagpipes July 11-Aug. 22 W 6-7 p.m. $65 Lincoln, CEC, 302 Dave McCleery, instructor LLLX-1411-CEUA

Questions?  Contact Dave through the information on the "Contact" tab above.  I look forward to you joining us!  Dave

Private One on One

Bagpipe Lessons/Instruction

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

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.