Interactive Beginner Bagpipe Tutorial with Pipe Major Bill Robertson

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How To Play the Bagpipes, Improve Your Rhythm, Clarity of Technique and Good Expression.

The interactive lessons are suitable for you if you wish to: 

  • Have good detailed guidance right from the beginning of learning to play the Highland Bagpipe.
  • Improve your rhythm.
  • Improve your clarity.
  • Develop good expression.
  • It is also a valuable tool for providing or conducting bagpipe tuition.

Additionally having Bill's video and audio instruction on the screen is almost the same as having bagpipe lessons with him sitting in the room.  

Bill's Instruction Method


The tutorial is presented as a 93 page PDF Manual with hyperlinks to Video and Audio files, this makes the tutorial Interactive.

Bill uses video and audio lessons to explain, demonstrate or clarify certain points or nuances.

With your own practice chanter you start on how to commence fingering the chanter then through the earlier exercises and simple tunes relevant to more advanced exercises and suitable tunes that lead on to the pipes.


The tutorial Includes the following: 

  • Printable 93 page manual.
  • 24 Basic Fingering Techniques Videos.
  • 60 Audio tutorials for embellishments, technique and tunes.
  • 10 Videos on bagpipe and chanter maintenance
  • 19 Extra tune video tutorials.
  • 18 Extra tune audio tutorials.
  • 20 extra music scores.
  • ... and much more!!!


In addition:


The PDF manual can be printed for quick reference if desired.

The text with illustrations, and music, accompanied by demonstrations, endeavor to leave as little as possible to the imagination.

Exercises on technique etc., are numerous, but interspersed with simple tunes relative to preceding exercises to encourage, and relieve any monotony.

The interactive bagpipe lesson demonstrations are in audio and video, often broken down and as played for good clarity. Teachers, naturally, can have flexibility with tune selections.

Detailed below is the Contents Page from The Comprehensive Beginners Guide


The Great Highland Bagpipe.

The Practice Chanter.

 – Assembly and care.

Early basic fingering.

 – Finger positioning.

 – Rear view of fingering.

 – Playing single intervals.

 – Playing two note intervals.

 – Grace notes/Single intervals with “G” grace note.

 – Two note intervals with “G” grace note.

 – Playing “G” grace note in descending sequence.

 – A series of runs with “G” grace note.

 – The “G,D,E,” grace note combination.

 – Strikes separating notes.

Music theory and Pipe music – defined briefly, with time table.

First simplified tunes.

 – About rhythm.

 – First two tunes – simple extracts.

 – Bruce's Address (or Scots Wha' Hae).

Doublings and tunes relevant.

 – The lower hand.

 – The upper hand.

 – Cuttings on certain notes.

Four more tunes.

 – Amazing Grace.

 – Bonnie Galloway.

 – The Minstrel Boy.

 – The Brown Haired Maiden.

Little finger technique and tunes relevant.

 – The Birl.

 – The Grip or Leamluath.

 – The Taorluath.

 – Exercises incorporating Grips and Taorluath.

 – Doubling exercises from two preceding notes, and Loch Duich exercise.

 – Scotland the Brave.

 – Tachums.

Another form of “G,D,E,”.

Test, with answers.

Tunes in various rhythms.

 – Skye Boat Song.

 – Colonel Robertson.

 – Dornoch Links.

 – Aspen Bank.

 – The High Road to Linton.

 – Paddy O'Rafferty.

The Highland Bagpipes: acquiring, setting up, commencing to play, tuning, basic maintenance.

Positioning of the pipes, starting up, and posture etc., with photographs.

Extra tunes.

Music writing exercises supplementary pages.

An additional 14 page manual on Bagpipe Maintenance and Care.

A large bonus tutorials folder of more extra tunes interactive with music scores with this manual.

Please be aware that on some Mac operating systems the hyperlinks to audio and video files may not work. You will need to click on the individual audio and video files in order for them to play.

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