ourses 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.
he 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.
ou 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.
he 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.
t 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 lessons.
astly 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. Additional information on the type of instrument can be found here: http://www.musicainspirata.it/sito/indexmusamodels.htm
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 technique.
hould you require any further information or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email and come and visit.
ee you soon and happy playing!
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