Scottish Smallpipes 1 – Complete Beginners

Suitable for people who have not played the smallpipes before, or those who want to go back to basics. The class will cover basic fingering as well as bellows technique aimed at producing a steady sound, eventually moving on to basic tunes and some ornamentation. Students should have a set of smallpipes in A to bring to the class.

This class is supported by the Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS).

Times: Wednesday at 7-9pm James Gillespie’s High School
Room: 2.29
Tutor: Andrew Macintyre

GroupSpace: http://groupspaces.com/SMGSmallpipes1/

Scottish Smallpipes 2 – Improving Beginners

For smallpipers moving up from Smallpipes 1, or with some experience and confident in basic fingering and simple tunes. We will look at the finer points of technique and phrasing and also introduce some more complex tunes, particularly those that are commonly played at sessions. We will also explore the use of harmonies to enhance tunes, and consider the possibilities for playing with other instruments, looking at basic knowledge of keys in which smallpipes can play. You should have a set of smallpipes in A.

Times: Wednesday at 7-9pm James Gillespie’s High School
Room: 2.28
Tutor: Alana MacInnes

Scottish Smallpipes 3 – Intermediate

For smallpipers moving up from Smallpipes 2, or with several years’ experience, confident in fingering and with a good basic repertoire of more complex tunes. We will develop your technique and phrasing, harmonising and playing with other instruments in various keys. The class will look at improving rhythm and getting tunes up to speed, working towards playing more confidently by ear. You should have a set of smallpipes in A.

Times: Wednesday at 7-9pm James Gillespie’s High School
Room: 2.27
Tutor: Fin Moore