If you are serious about learning to play the Great Highland Bagpipes there are some things you should know before you start. During the past several years we helped however,
bagpipes have been played for a millennium throughout large parts of Europe, northern Africa.
So you want to learn to play the bagpipes.
Okay: it’s a big step, because it’s a challenging instrument.
Like any instrument, it’s preferable if you learn as a child or teen, but lots of adults have made a great hobby of piping, provided they combine patience and perseverance with an intelligent approach and good instruction.
Good instruction is a must; this is not an easy instrument to “pick up” on your own. It’s a highly physical instrument with a very sophisticated system of gracenoting.
Written tutorials help but do not always steer you clear of pitfalls.
If you don’t have a good instructor near you, there are instructors in North America and throughout the world who will teach online. Use every opportunity you can to travel to workshops and summer schools.
We have heard from many people because of what they found here that they learned what to expect, what’s necessary, and what to avoid.
Including Anatolia, the Caucasus, and around the Persian Gulf. The term bagpipe is equally correct in the singular or plural, though pipers usually refer to the bagpipes as “the pipes”, “a set of pipes”.