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Playing the Bagpipe is exceptionally challenging.


To pipe means more than just being able to "play" the scale.

Due to its construction it is necessary to learn various finger  techniques.  Some  build  up  on  each  other

and become more and more complex and

thereby more difficult.

In   addition   the   Bagpipe   requires   a

breathing  technique  as  a  combination  of

breathing  itself  and  holding  the pressure  in

the  bag  with  the  arm / elbow.

More  over  a  trained  ear  is  unavoidable  for

tuning  the  instrument  - not  to  forget  there  are

one chanter and three drones to synchronize tuning wise.
For not overwhelming a piper - especially a beginner - those requirements are divided into single work units and combined later on.

 

So a piper always starts working with a practice chanter to learn and practice the finger techniques and later on tunes.

This practice chanter goes along with a piper for the whole life of piping.

The moment a pipe student gets familiar with the techniques and manages enough basics it is time to try the first steps on the Bagpipes itself.

Now   the   breathing  technique   is  to  be  learnt   and 

               coordination and stamina are to build up.

                    This also happens step by step.

                         Apart from all this it is very important to                                get   familiar   with  the  Bagpipe  itself.

                                Therefore   a  piper  of  course  must                                    know    all     about    maintenance,                         adjustment and the "needs" of Bagpipes.


   Moreover does a piper have to understand how the Bagpipe is constructed and how and why it acts heavily on temperature and moisture fluctuations.

 

Putting the cream on that overall package is learning and knowing the special characteristics and distinctions in between various stiles of music and understanding how to express these with the Great Highland Bagpipe.

To put it in a nutshell:

Playing the Great Highland Bagpipe means to experience to learn, to try and to live the Great Highland Bagpipe.
And not to mention: Practice! Practice! Practice!

The moment a pipe student gets familiar with the techniques and manages enough basics it is time to try the first steps on the Bagpipes itself.

Now the breathing technique is to be learnt and coordination and stamina are to build up.

This also happens step by step.

Apart from all this it is very important to get familiar  with the Bagpipe itself.

Therefore a piper of course must know all about maintenance, adjustment and the "needs" of Bagpipes.


Moreover does a piper have to understand how the Bagpipe is constructed and how and why it acts heavily on temperature and moisture fluctuations.

 

Putting the cream on that overall package is learning and knowing the special characteristics and distinctions in between various stiles of music and understanding how to express these with the Great Highland Bagpipe.

To put it in a nutshell:

Playing the Great Highland Bagpipe means to experience to learn, to try and to live the Great Highland Bagpipe.
And not to mention: Practice! Practice! Practice!