I have been teaching Scottish Bagpipes for over five years and during this
time have devoped my own teaching method.
My general aim is for the student to master a half-closed fingering with
which the Great Highland Bagpipe, Borderpipe and Scottish Smallpipe can be
Each student is free to develop individually. There are no strict rules,
instead, individual advice is offered which each student can put into
practice in their own way.
It is considered very important not to overstrain the student, and to only
start with new ideas if everything learnt so far has been completely
understood and internalised. The student's creativity is challenged and
developed by using problem solving and adapting new techniques.
In the beginning of bagpipe study, almost all excersises will be done with
the Practice Chanter. The Great Highland Bagpipe and the Scottish Smallpipes
will be used occasionally, but later on they will become integral parts of