If you want to learn the play the bagpipes you can start with lessons on the practice chanter from me while sitting in your own home.
Online is appropriate for beginners and improvers anywhere in the world. It is particularly helpful if you live too far away from a piping teacher.
A lesson lasts an hour and you can record it. After the lesson I send you an email summary and advice on what to work on.
The fee for the lesson and email follow up is £30 or £27 if you pay for a block of 10 upfront. Payment is by Paypal.
Teaching is an Art
Teaching piping one-to-one is an art, developed by experience, and by learning from masters of the art. I’m fortunate to have had wonderful teachers of the noble instrument, the Great Highland Bagpipe. There is no doubt in my mind that the experience and advice, given to me by my teachers, still guides me when I am giving my pupils one-to-one tuition.
Every pupil is different – their attitude towards learning, their reason for learning, musical appreciation, prior musical experience etc. That’s why my one-to-one tuition is individually tailored so that my pupils achieve their goal as soon as they can. The goal may not be to play at a competitive standard. It could be a simple goal, as was the case for one of my pupils, a young lady from Sweden. She just wanted to be able to play Amazing Grace, as a party piece, on small practice pipes. After 10 lessons, she had mastered the basics and played Amazing Grace very well indeed - a good result for us both.
I don’t set the goal. You do. But I ask that we work on it until the performance is both technically correct and musically pleasing to the ear.
Lessons with me, via the internet, are at times and intervals to suit us both.
If you’d like more information about learning the pipes or improving your playing, please get in touch.
"I heard Neil playing in Edinburgh about a year ago, and was sufficiently enamoured with his playing that I asked him for a lesson... the rest is history. I took Skype lessons with him from the US on the chanter for the next year. He is a wonderful teacher, patient (he had to be), punctual, encouraging, and dependable. We successfully got through Book I of the College of Piping. Now that I have a set of real pipes I've found a local teacher but I often think of returning to Edinburgh to study with Neil again. Maybe someday!"
"After 8 years of learning bagpipes, I wasn’t satisfied with my progress…. I didn’t know how to progress and I had all kinds of technical difficulties. I decided to ask Neil for some help."
"In spite of speaking different languages he taught me in a way that I could understand even with my limited English. He taught me in a way that I actually enjoyed my technical re-training (it wasn’t the case at all before…). He taught me a lot of important things about learning bagpipes I have never understood before with other instructors in my own country and in my own language"
"I feel now able to progress and I’m not concerned about the bigger challenges ahead as I take on more advanced piping."
"The best instructor ever !"
"I thank him so much for sharing his knowledge with me!"