The Royal Scots Cap Badge


How To Play Bagpipes, Improve Your Rhythm, Clarity of Technique and Good Expression


A Comprehensive Guide In Three Sections – Light Music, Maintenance and Piobaireach Learn to play bagpipes with Bill's “Comprehensive Beginners Guide DVD”.

The interactive lessons are suitable for you if you whish to:

  • Have good detailed guidance right from the beginning of learning to play the Highland Bagpipe.
  • Improve your rhythm.
  • Imrove your clarity.
  • Develop good expression.
  • It is also a valuable tool for providing or conducting bagpipe tuition.


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Additinally having Bill's video and audio instruction on the screen is almost the same as having bagpipe lessons with him sitting in the room.


Further more Bill provides FREE periodic checkups via SKYPE or by emailing sound files.


Bill's Instruction Method


The tutorial is presented as a 93 page PDF Manual with hyperlinks to Video and Audio files, this makes the tutorial Interactive. Bill uses video and audio lessons to explain, demonstrate or clarify certain things. With your own practice chanter you start on how to commence fingering the chanter then through the earlier exercises and simple tunes relevant to more advanced exercises and suitable tunes that lead on to the pipes.


The DVD Tutorial Includes the following:


  • Printable 93 page manual.
  • 24 Basic Fingering Techniques Videos.
  • 60 Audio tutorials for embellishments, technique and tunes.
  • 10 Videos on bagpipe and chanter maintenance
  • 19 Extra tune video tutorials.
  • 18 Extra tune audio tutorials.
  • 20 extra music scores.
  • ... and much more!!!


In addition:


  • The PDF manual can be printed for quick reference if desired.

  • The text with illustrations, and music, accompanied by demonstrations on DVD, endeavor to leave as little as possible to the imagination.

  • Exercises on technique etc., are numerous, but interspersed with simple tunes relative to preceding exercises to encourage, and relieve any monotony. The interactive bagpipe lesson demonstrations are in audio and video, often broken down and as played for good clarity. Teachers, naturally, can have flexibility with tune selections.


Detailed below is the Contents Page from The Comprehensive Beginners Guide


  • Introduction.
  • The Great Highland Bagpipe.
  • The Practice Chanter.
  •  – Assembly and care.
  • Early basic fingering.
  •  – Finger positioning.
     – Rear view of fingering.
     – Playing single intervals.
     – Playing two note intervals.
     – Grace notes/Single intervals with “G” grace note.
     – Two note intervals with “G” grace note.
     – Playing “G” grace note in descending sequence.
     – A series of runs with “G” grace note.
     – The “G,D,E,” grace note combination.
     – Strikes separating notes.

  • Music theory and Pipe music – defined briefly, with time table.
  • First simplified tunes.
  •  – About rhythm.
     – First two tunes – simple extracts.
     – Bruce's Address (or Scots Wha' Hae).

  • Doublings and tunes relevant.
  •  – The lower hand.
     – The upper hand.
     – Cuttings on certain notes.

  • Four more tunes.
  •  – Amazing Grace.
     – Bonnie Galloway.
     – The Minstrel Boy.
     – The Brown Haired Maiden.

  • Little finger technique and tunes relevant.
  •  – The Birl.
     – The Grip or Leamluath.
     – The Taorluath.
     – Exercises incorporating Grips and Taorluath.
     – Doubling exercises from two preceding notes, and Loch Duich exercise.
     – Scotland the Brave.
     – Tachums.

  • Another form of “G,D,E,”.
  • Test, with answers.
  • Tunes in various rhythms.
  •  – Skye Boat Song.
     – Colonel Robertson.
     – Dornoch Links.
     – Aspen Bank.
     – The High Road to Linton.
     – Paddy O'Rafferty.

  • The Highland Bagpipes: acquiring, setting up, commencing to play, tuning, basic maintenance.
  • Positioning of the pipes, starting up, and posture etc., with photographs.
  • Extra tunes.
  • Music writing exercises supplementary pages.
  • An additional 14 page manual on Bagpipe Maintenance and Care.
  • A large bonus tutorials folder of more extra tunes interactive with music scores with this manual.


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Hi Bill

Thanks for your reply to my problem. I'm finding the DVD very useful. I've taken a step back and spent a few days just playing one drone without playing the chanter, which I hadn't done before, and I'm getting better at producing an even sound.

I've also solved the difficulty I was having breathing when playing with the chanter by getting a softer reed. I'm annoyed with myself for not thinking of this solution earlier, it would have saved me from a lot of sweat and light headiness! Now I'm actually loving practising and I look forward to working through the DVD.


Jenny Laux
17th May 2010

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