to Play the Bagpipes
Brian has almost 40 years experience.
His piping heritage is impeccable, his pedigree tracing back
to legendary pipers John MacDonald and Pipe Major William Ross.
Brian has long taken an academic interest in the
history of the bagpipe, its music and its people.
Originally, piping was taught in an aural tradition,
with tutors singing the tunes to their pupils. Staff notation
and other so-called “scientific methods” are a relatively
recent phenomenon and even now, not all pipers can read music.
Brian’s chief musical passion is the traditional
pibroch. However, he has been taught music theory to a level
far higher than most pipers. It is this theoretical insight that
characterises Brian’s teaching and complements his teaching
of practical skills.
Contact us to discuss
your specific tuition needs.
Don’t worry about getting hold of a full set of pipes. As a beginner,
you will learn using a practice chanter, an instrument that will probably remain
with you the rest of your life.
available at all levels for beginners and advanced alike.
Group classes can hold many advantages but personal tuition
yields the greatest benefits for the serious piper
We can supply a starter kit comprising:
• Quality African blackwood practice chanter
complete with reed
• Manuscript book
• A selection of choice pipe music
If you wish to buy you own chanter, we are happy
to recommend a suitable instrument. Talking to an expert is strongly
Intermediate to advanced
One-to-one teaching is available for either solo pipers or for band members
who can’t get individual attention during regular band practice.
What we teach
• Practice, appreciation and expression in Light music: marches, strathspeys
and reels, jigs, hornpipes and slow airs
• Pibroch, the original music of the Scottish Highland bagpipe: learn the
history, theory and practice of Ceol Mhor and keep this important historical
• Instrument advice: synthetic or sheepskin bags, synthetic or cane reeds,
wood or plastic chanters? Help on these and any questions about setting up your