The Royal Scots Cap Badge

MacBopcatMac

by Andrea McCann
(El Campo, TX USA)

I've been attempting to learn to play bagpipes for several years now all on my own with the help of DVD instruction and your Tune of The Month lessons. I am happy to say that because of your lessons, I am making pretty significant progress and last night on New Year's Eve, went out on my front porch at midnight and piped in the New Year with Auld Lang Syne.


I thank you for your instruction as it has been a big help to me. I live in a small Texas town and I don't think anybody else plays bagpipes here. Because of my size, I am making do with Practice Bagpipes from Bagpipes Galore. I am planning on upgrading to the Scottish Small Pipes soon as my reward to me for the progress I've made.

Several years ago when I bought a better practice chanter, it really brought home to me the importance of having a good instrument since it makes learning and playing a lot more enjoyable.

Thank you once again for your online lessons. I feel like I am one of your students in an actual one on one private lesson.

Comments for MacBopcatMac

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jul 13, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
MacBobcatMac
by: Bill Robertson

Hello Andrea, 14 July, 2013
Thank you for your appreciation of my free tuition video clips.

I could not download the video that was with your remarks because of virus warning that might not have been from you. It is good to know that you are progressing, but I wonder how well and if your DVD that you have has good well detailed basic teaching guidelines and demonstrations -- I hope so.

Some basics to think of are: clean correct fingering; clean clear execution of high G grace notes spot on the relevant melody note when played singly and in doublings etc.; and good controlled rhythmm/expression. When progressing to the full bagpipe, you can find directions to help in our site left main page in Bagpipe Articels - Tuning etc., - Commencing to play in stages etc., and the links there. It is so important to have a good well balanced rich sound when playing the bagpipes without being to sharp a pitch and a sound that is rather thin/shrill.
Best wishes,

Bill

Jul 13, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Thank you.
by: Anonymous

Thank you you for the opportunity to hear how the players of the formulative years played the music. I will learn more of the playing before I comment further but your offer to hand on your skills is refreshing in the somewhat commercialized world we live in.

Jan 01, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
MacBopcatMAc
by: Bill Robertson

Thank you Andrea for your appreciation of the help I provide, and you about your interesting progression.

I trust that the DVD you working from explains well the main basics of correct fingering, execution in the various embellishments and clean fingering,and the various rhythms and idiom of the music.

There are numerous guidelines and back numbers of tunes of the month with links from the main page in our website - Bagpipe tunes, and Bagpipe articles (includes pipes tuning and commencing to play the pipes in stages for a beginner).

All the best and Happy New Year,
Bill

Click here to add your own comments

Return to RachelRae.

 

 


| Privacy Policy | Disclaimer Statement | Contact Bill |

Bills Contact Number: +64 9 534 8553              Skype: royal.scot

Return to top

Free bagpipe lessons for popular bagpipe tunes.

> Copyright© 2004- All Rights Reserved