• One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo

Play the Bagpipes



So you want to learn to play the bagpipes.... Okay, it's a big step, because it's a difficult instrument.

Like any instrument, it's preferable if you learn as a child or teen, but lots of adults (we call them 'mature students') 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 instrument you 'pick up' on your own, no matter how many other instruments you play! It's a highly technical instrument with a very sophisticated system of gracenoting, and music and written tutorials do not always steer you clear of pitfalls.

If you don't have a good instructor near you, there are instructors in North America who will teach by phone or online. And use every opportunity you can to travel to workshops and summer schools.

You can practice as much as you want, but if you're going to make progress, you should be prepared to practice in a very focused way for a minimum of 20 minutes a day at least 5 days a week.