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Piobaireach Technique Endorsements

Andrew Wright Piobaireachd Biography
This DVD from Pipe Major William A Robertson, is in my opinion a tremendous work and contains a vast amount of well thought out and accurate information. Comment and directions are given on the embellishments, variations, and structure of the music which will be of great help to those approaching the music for the first time.

It will also aid the the more experienced or even polished players who might think they can do it all .

Music examples are very clearly written. I was impressed by the adoption of compound time signatures used in many of the scores. This makes much clearer the required pointing and timing of how the music and the embellishments are played. It goes much deeper in to the subject than other tutors.

The whole thing is excellent. I would have no hesitation in recomending it to students

Andrew Wright.


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Mark Falzini

As always, I am very impressed with your tutorial. Having it CD/DVD format rather than print is like having an instructor in my pocket (or briefcase) that I can carry around with me in my travels. Many people are travelling with laptops these days, and with the strict limitation on luggage weight it makes much more sense to carry the thin and lightweight disc rather than a heavier, bulkier book.

That said, the fact that you allow for printing and self-binding is a nice bonus. That way, I can have the book at home and still have the material on disc when I travel. It is also a nice feature having everything linked together on the disc, so things are just a click away.

While there are some tutorials out there that include an audio disc, I think it's your videos that really bring home the instruction. Being able to SEE, as well as READ and HEAR what you are explaining, makes all the difference in the world.

1. Reading: What is it that I'm supposed to do??

2. Hearing: Ah, ok, that's what it sounds like. But why don't I sound like that? What does he mean by what he says?

3. Seeing: Ah HA! So THAT'S what his fingers are actually doing!

I had said once before to you that the reworking of the Piobaireachd that you do, to present it in written form as played is essential. The Binneas book does this, but again, you must lug around a large, heavy book and get used to reading music with staff lines missing – not easy for everyone to do.

The tutorial is an essential tool for the piping student who wishes to delve into the world of Piobaireachd but cannot find a local instructor and is also an essential tool for a student with an instructor as it provides additional help and information to reinforce what he or she is being taught.

Finally, to me, the video clips are the best feature of the tutorial. They really help to clear away the clouds.

Thank you again for sharing this with me and for all of the help you have given me over the years we have known each other!

Mark Falzini



Pipe Major Brett Tidswell
Hi Bill,

The DVDs arrived today. The Piobaireachd tutorial is excellent, really well set up, easy to follow, very professional video links. Truly a great step up. Very well done!

Pipe Major Brett Tidswell

Principal of Piping of the Australian Pipe Band College.

Twelve times winner of the RU Brown Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal.

He also plays during the Scottish competition season with the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, 20 times World Pipe Band Champions.



Tamar Stephens
Hi Bill,

I received the new DVDs this past Friday.

I have been going through the DVD of Piobaireachd Technique and I am very impressed with it.

The manual is attractively formatted and easy to navigate. The video links are easy to use. I have gone through almost all of the piobaireachd embellishment video clips and both the oral instruction and the visual demonstration are consistently easy to follow. I found myself playing along with you in the video clips – and it was easy to do so.

This is absolutely the best tool I have seen for explaining and showing piobaireachd technique. Overall outstanding!!!

I will be recommending it to my fellow band members and to any of my students who are interested in learning piobaireachd.

Tamar Stepens




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