Radically refocus your mindset to rapidly improve your bagpiping...
After three decades spent playing and teaching bagpipes at every level, I’ve noticed a common trait in the vast majority of pipers.
Most of them are afflicted with what psychologist Dr Carol Dweck calls a 'fixed mindset' when it comes to their piping.
People with a fixed mindset believe their basic abilities, intelligence, and talents are fixed traits.
They think they were born with all the ability they will ever have, and thus dread failure or critique, interpreting it as never being able to succeed in the future.
Do any of these sound familiar?
"I started learning when I was too old, so I'll never be any good at piping."
"I'll never be able to blow steadily."
"Tunes take me forever to learn and I can never remember them properly."
Somewhere along the line, most players have forgotten that we got into this to be creative and free, and fixate on the false idea that our skills are limited by who we are and what our circumstances dictate.
Here at the Dojo, our mission is to flip the script for anyone who’s willing to embrace the truth – that a bit of effort applied in the right areas, combined with consistent, regular feedback from the right teachers, and some persistence, can yield incredible results for your piping.
Every day, we encourage our students to embrace the 'power of yet' – the idea that if you add 'yet' to any of these defeatist fixed-mindset statements that so many of us resign ourselves to, you can trick your brain into embracing a growth-oriented learning curve.
"I'm not good at piping... yet."
"I can't blow steadily... yet."
"I can't remember tunes... yet."
Can you see how this subtle shift can have a massive impact on your thoughts, approach, and therefore your potential for improvement?
The 11 Commandments of Masteryincludes a deep discussion of how these approaches affect your ability to learn, before exploring the 11 'commandments' I have tried and tested with thousands of students over 30 years at all levels of piping, and truly believe to be the core fundamentals you need in order to achieve true creative freedom on the bagpipes.
Although it's bagpiping-focused, this course is actually the perfect mindset reset to help you master any skill.
Ready to refocus your mindset and dramatically improve your bagpiping?
"My previous experience with learning to play the pipes was usually focused around memorizing the notes and embellishments and then trying to get a tune onto the full pipes, at tempo, as quickly as possible. If the result was close to what I expected, then I was happy.
But this course made me really step back and think about the specific ways that I should approach becoming the best player that I can be and how to do so in deliberate ways each and every day. It's not an approach that I had taken before.
Only a few days in to working with the commandments mindset, I already feel that my practice sessions are much more productive and focused.
Overall, I think that the commandments approach has me on the right track really improving the quality of my playing."
Brian Gillespie, Pennsylvania, USA
"This course allowed me to make a realistic assessment of where I'm at now, and where I can go from here.
I can focus on some areas where I feel that I desperately need improvement that I might not otherwise have identified, even with an in-person instructor.
The 11 commandments are focused on areas that lead to overall improvement and support meaningful growth in my -piping – even if I only improve one area, it's still an improvement over where I started.
I've never had an opportunity for such tailored guidance that supports all aspects of my piping, and I feel that I'll be better able to continue to grow going forward. I also now have a solid foundation on how to stop, and check in with my piping from here on out!"
Heather McFarlane, Vancouver, Canada
"The 11 Commandments is a structured framework of common sense ideas ensuring the fundamentals of bagpipe playing are locked in.
Traditional bagpipe learning focuses on the development of playing tunes as quickly as possible and 'winging it' in actual technique.
The tedious and repetitious task of exercises is often ignored, leaving many to fend for themselves and wonder why improvement seems to be unreachable.
By laying out an uncomplicated process and targeting specific focus areas in a logical order, Andrew and his team have simplified the learning process so that aspiring musicians can not only improve but actually become good and have fun fulfilling their passion."
Glen Fletcher, Ontario, Canada
"As a beginner, figuring out where to start learning a new skill can be just as challenging as actually doing the work.
Andrew has taken the confusion out of beginning the GHB by laying out a simple, structured plan of attack.
Following this “paint-by-numbers” approach helped me remove the stress of what to do and, perhaps more importantly, why I should do things the way he's laid them out.
By telling me how to increase my knowledge of piping music, remove distractions, practice effectively and simplify everything I’m doing, I’ve already gone farther in my learning than ever before. I’ve been able not only to move forward quickly but really enjoy the process!"
Derek Travers, Quesnel, Canada
11 Commandments of Mastery
The 11 Commandments of Mastery are first principles that help humans master any worthwhile craft – and the concepts are especially valuable when it comes to learning the bagpipes.
This course is guaranteed to be an epiphany for your musical development – and requires absolutely no skill, experience, or 'talent'!
Embrace these foundational concepts with an open mind, and you will notice radical and rapid improvement in your bagpiping.
Welcome and Thank You
A Grand Vision for your Bagpiping Future
The Power of Mindset
The Golden Rule
The 11 Commandments of Mastery
Don't Lose Sight of the Dream
Commandment 1: Though Shalt Immerse Thyself
Commandment 2: Though Shalt Take Daily Action (Not Massive Action)
Commandment 3: Though Shalt Use Simple Tools
Commandment 4: Though Shalt Reject Multitasking
Commandment 5: Though Shalt Constantly Vary Your Materials
Commandment 6: Though Shalt Practice Objectively (And Reject Subjectivity)
Commandment 7: Though Shalt Always Operate at the Right Intensity
Commandment 8: Though Shalt Strive for Unconscious Competence
Commandment 9: Though Shalt Learn in the Right Order
Commandment 10: Though Shalt Have Dessert (But Not Too Much)
Interactive challenges to apply the commandments directly to your piping development
Tuition:$29.99 (usually $72.98 – 59% off!)
Level: Any – complete beginners through to pro-level pipers will find value in this course.
CourseLength: 15–20 Hours
Expected Completion Time: 6–12 weeks (depending on how consistently you work!)
How it works
Sign up by clicking "enroll now." Direct access will be sent to your inbox so you can dive straight in.
TAKE THE COURSE
The course takes a few weeks to work through, with detailed explanations of each concepts and commandment (and an audio version of each concept if you prefer to listen along!). The interactive challenges then take around 6 weeks to complete.
WHERE TO FROM HERE
Once you've completed the course, it's entirely up to you whether you'd like to join Dojo U and continue your improvement with us, or take the concepts you've learned and go solo to apply them to your own playing.
Interactive challenges to apply the commandments directly to your piping development
Course Details Tuition:$29.99 (usually $72.98 – 59% off!) Level: Any – complete beginners through to pro-level pipers will find value in this course. Setting: Online/Virtual CourseLength: 15–20 Hours Expected Completion Time: 6–12 weeks (depending on how consistently you work!)
“I'm excited to be your guide as we set off on this path through some of the foundations of learning to shift your mindset and improve your piping!"
— Andrew Douglas
Andrew is a prolific practitioner of the bagpipe, active at the highest level of pipe bands, solo competition, teaching, and creative endeavors for the past 20 years.
He's the founder and creator of The Piper’s Dojo and Dojo University, and his credentials include being 2017 & 2019 World Champion with Inveraray and District Pipe Band, 2017 Winner of the USA Silver Medal for Piobaireachd, 2008–2013 Pipe Major of Grade 1 Oran Mor Pipe Band, a multi-prize winner of Silver Medals at Oban and Inverness, and the 2004 B-Grade Winner Strathspey/Reel at Oban.
He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, and is an Accredited Bagpipe Teacher and Examiner with the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
Embrace our 11 commandments of musical mastery for radical, rapid bagpiping improvement!
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Yes, you can find bagpipe instruction in person and elsewhere on the internet, but our Dojo U courses are unique because they're built and taught by real-world bagpipers who have actually built these courses based on real-world experience (read: successes).
In other words, we aren't people who couldn't do it, so we made a course instead. We're world champion players and instructors who have been in the trenches teaching AND performing – we detest untested theory and believe that the best way to learn something is to roll up your sleeves and get your hands a little dirty.
If that sounds appealing, then we'e delighted to welcome you to Dojo U – your new home base for everything to do with bagpiping.