are structured around 60 minute weekly lessons which
take place in the music room in the San Michele
Auditorium in Selvazzano Dentro in front of the
number 12 bus terminus.
first lessons are entirely dedicated to getting
to know the instrument, its components and
breathing techniques. When you have gained
confidence with these first steps you can go on
to learn technical exercises which can be
applied to tunes.
start with a soprano recorder in C with German
fingering and even the plastic ones are
perfectly adequate. You will also need a
metronome. There will be time to talk about all
this during the first lesson. For the first few
lessons you will be able to try out the
teacherís bagpipes, then once you have
understood where you want to go from there you
can go on to buying your own instrument so you
can practice and continue at home.
first part of learning is based exclusively on
single individual lessons. Once you have reached
a certain level you can participate in group
lessons which helps students share their passion
for the music and work together to improve their
playing intonation and rhythm.
is important to note that it is very useful to
start using the recorder even though many of us
didnít enjoy using it in school! Bagpipes are
very complex musical instruments which require a
great deal of movement while playing therefore
it is important to learn songs on the recorder
first. This is especially important due to the
concentration needed on actually breathing when
playing the bagpipes which would be
counterproductive if the student was unable to
play the song well first, on the recorder. This
means the recorder is very useful to learn songs
and practice fingering on so it can be then
transferred easily onto the bagpipes. Plastic
recorders are perfect for this preparation
especially as they donít require great physical
effort and the volume is limited. They are also
very cheap and they have exactly the same
fingering as the bagpipes we use during the
we want to make a note on the type of instrument
used in these lessons. The bagpipes used during the
course are hypothetical reconstructions of antique
instruments and the repertoire played on them comes
from the Medieval and Renaissance period and
sometimes from folk tradition.
information on the type of instrument can be found
This is to clarify
that the course is not dedicated to the traditional
Scottish bagpipe or other European ones, but
specifically to the instruments specified above.
Although some general tuition can easily be applied
and adapted to different types of bagpipes, it is
important to remember that every type of bagpipe has
its own heritage, its own sound and its own specific
you require any further information or have any
questions please do not hesitate to contact us
by phone or email and come and visit.
you soon and happy playing!