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"Playing the pipes was supposed to be my little slice of heaven each day. Instead, I get a big slice of hell with a side of dizziness."

Dear Struggling Bagpiper,

The above quote was part of an actual response to a question I posed to my email list recently regarding how the Dojo (our online bagpipe school) could help our followers succeed.

Believe me, when I sent the email, I wasn't expecting to run into an emotional brick wall with the responses. I was... ya know... just trying to do my due diligence as a business owner.

Why did I get emotional? Surely, I've seen this sort of thing before.

As it turns out, there were two reasons.

Reason 1: It's not supposed to be this way, for anybody! Nobody decides to learn the bagpipes in hopes for a struggle.

The pipers who succeed (not just in playing well, but also in enjoying the experience)... they're not struggling. They're not tense. Somehow they've cracked the code to make their bagpipes easy to play. If you're reading this now, you deserve that too.

Reason 2: Countless, I mean countless people had already responded with the Exact. Same. Painful. Experience.

How could there be so many folks out there struggling? And not just struggling – hating it! Hating the experience of simply picking their pipes up.

I want to share some actual quotations from email responses I received. Do you share any of the same feelings?

"...I want my bagpipes to be my friend, not my enemy."

"I feel like I'll never be more than a mediocre piper because I can't control this octopus..."

"If I don't get answers, I'm eventually going to have to quit."

"I play much better on the practice chanter than I do on the pipes."

"When I try to play my bagpipes I am firing all over the place in a disorganized way."

"I am so tense (when playing the pipes) that my thumbs get very sore, from gripping so much."

"I have been playing my bagpipes for 20 years and they're still not easy or comfortable."

"No matter what I do, I never have enough breath to keep the pipes going for more than 30 seconds."

“If I was confident in tuning, I could pick up my pipes, play a couple of tunes, get them close and get stuck into a session. That would make me want to play them, to jam my way through tunes, old favorites, or focus on some new material. I spend so much effort on trying (and failing) to get them sounding reasonable that I hate playing, so I just do the bare minimum, then back in the box. I've lost my mojo :-(“

And these were just the well worded examples! As the proprietor of an online school for bagpipers, I was shocked and a bit freaked out that we had failed so miserably, so many times, to help people develop a bagpipe that was comfortable to play.

When I pick up my pipes, I never have any doubt that they'll be comfortable.

I never lack any confidence that I can get them sounding truly enjoyable in a few minutes' time.

As I play, I'm generally fully relaxed, and able to focus on the music.

And, if I experience any discomfort or tension being brought on by my pipes, I have a quick, easy, no-brainer way to correct whatever the issue is. That way, I can get back to my session (i.e. having great fun and enjoying music-making) as soon as possible.

Now, I'm not saying this to brag. I'm saying this because it's finally time for you to enjoy the exact same experience when piping.

At Dojo University (our online, worldwide bagpipe school) we've developed a "30 Day Bagpipe Makeover" program that promises to teach you bagpipe comfort and confidence in 30 days, or your money back.

This program guarantees:

  • When you pick up your pipes, there will never be any doubt that they'll be comfortable.
  • You'll no longer have any lack of confidence that you can get them sounding truly enjoyable in a few minutes' time.
  • As you play, you'll be fully relaxed, and able to focus on the music.
  • And, if you experience any discomfort or tension being brought on by your pipes, you'll have a quick, easy, no-brainer way to correct whatever the issue is. That way, you can get back to your session (i.e. having great fun and enjoying music-making) as soon as possible.

If you follow our program for 30 days, we promise bagpipe hell will be in the rear-view mirror.

At the end of the 30-day makeover, you will be a drastically more confident, comfortable piper. Period. Will you still have days where the pipes aren't cooperating? Yes. But you’ll know exactly how to attack issues that crop up, so you can get back to playing music. To tie this all in with our theme – piping can finally become that little slice of heaven to look forward to each day.

(That's the way it should be).

It's my sincere hope we'll see you at our upcoming 30 Day Bagpipe Makeover!

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Douglas
Founder, Creator, and "CEO" of Dojo University

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The 30 Day Makeover Works Like This:

Our program starts with a bit of preparation two weeks before the start date. From there, we utilize 8 x 3-day "sprints" to transform your confidence on your bagpipes. Each sprint begins with a detailed lesson outlined for you in your Makeover workbook. From there, you will have detailed practice instructions for you to singularly focus on for the 3 days of the sprint. Each sprint includes a private lesson with our acclaimed Dojo University staff (P/M Carl Donley, P/M Andy Fusco, and P/M Andra Stoller), tons of supplemental materials to help you fully understand the current task at hand, and ample "open office hours" with P/M Andrew Douglas and P/M Carl Donley to help you with anything you need along the way.

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Two Weeks Out: Preparation

Before the Makeover begins, we will all meet up on an online meeting to discuss what we need to do to prepare for the program.

The two big things we need to make sure are set up and ready are:

  • An airtight pipe bag. If there are any serious leaks, we need to get that sorted out right away! We won't want to be sitting on our hands during the 30 day intensive waiting for a new bag to arrive. In our meet and greet, we'll walk through the simple testing procedure together, and make sure the bag is in tip-top shape. Hopefully there's no issue with your bag, but if there is, we need to know before we start.
  • Your manometer! A manometer is a tool that we use to visualize how steady our blowing pressure is while we're learning the basics of bagpipe operation. We use a tube-style manometer for our instruction (not the gauge-style), so if you don't have one yet, we'll teach you either to build one or to acquire one. Don't worry – it's easy and inexpensive.

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Let the Games Begin - Your First Sprint

On the first day of the Makeover, we'll crack open our Makeover workbooks and your first sprint will be waiting. Each chapter has detailed information, followed by explicit practice instructions. Work hard, because future sprints rely on what you learned during the previous one!

PS - remember, we guarantee your success during our program. No sprint will be too difficult for you. As a matter of fact, most people walk away from our programs saying, "I can't believe how simple it all was!"

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Log On For Your Lesson

During each sprint, we'll set up a lesson time for you with a member of Dojo staff that fits your own unique schedule. During this half-hour session, you'll work with an instructor on the concepts from the current sprint.

Focused lessons like this are extremely valuable, because usually:

  • Students are struggling, but they are making false assumptions about the true source of their struggles.
  • Students think they are acing the project, but actually have some issues they're not aware of.
  • Students are indeed acing the project! And, it's of huge value to them to have their success confirmed and congratulated! In this case, our instructors are also amazing at augmenting the current task's value by adding in additional things the student can do to take what they're doing to the next level.

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Repeat

For the 30 days of the plan, we are going to repeat this 3-day sprint cycle 8 times. Each time, we are going to add another simple (yes, simple) layer to the bagpipe operation pyramid.

The result? Your own personal bagpipe comfort, confidence, and enjoyment in a short period of time!

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The Program Comes With...

Here's what you'll receive to help you through your program...

75-PAGE DETAILED WORKBOOK

The workbook contains 8 detailed lessons, ample space for note-taking, and a practice log.

8 x 1-ON-1 LESSONS

Experience 8 x 1-on-1 sessions with our widely acclaimed Dojo University staff.

SUPPLEMENTAL TOOLS, MATERIALS, AND COURSES

Ample video, text, and courses. Open help sessions. Everything you need to succeed.

My Own Bagpipe Struggle, and the "AHA!" Moment It Gave Me

I remember as a kid at the Invermark Piping School, I was in class with the great Norman Gillies, father of the legendary Alasdair Gillies, and it was time to play my pipes for the class. I had a new reed in, and it was hard. So hard that no good music was coming out. In front of my friends, I was kind of embarrassing myself (this was supposed to be the advanced class!)...

Norman waved his hand at me to stop, and then said, "why don't you just play mine?" He motioned to his pipes, already set up across the room (in hindsight, I think this was a setup, and might have been the true point of the day's class...).

So, I went over and picked them up, and started to blow into them. I struck them up and…

POP! SQUEAK!

…I'd blown so hard on them that all the drones immediately shut off and the chanter squeaked something awful!

Norman laughed a bit at me, and just said to try again, but to blow a bit easier.

I did so, and was blown away (no pun intended). These pipes were easy! They sounded WAY better than mine ever did. And, of course, the biggest payoff was – I could focus on the music and the fingerwork! I played great, and majorly enjoyed myself.

I'll never forget that pivotal epiphany. If my pipes are hard to play, I'm doing it wrong. Big time.

Now for the big question: If your pipes are a struggle, but you can't seem to solve the issue, what do you do?

Well, at the Dojo we have a system for that, and we've recently put it all together in this special 30 Day Bagpipe Makeover event. You could be just 30 days away from your own breakthrough, where piping is suddenly a true joy because you can play comfortably...

Invermark College of Piping circa 1996 (photo credit Gary McBride)
Donald Lindsay, school founder, front row first on right.
Norman Gillies, father of Alasdair Gillies, 2nd row first on right.
Alasdair Gillies, 3rd row first on right.
A young Andrew Douglas (me), first row 2nd from left. Didn't have photo appeal then, either!

Meet Your Instructors

Andrew Douglas

2017 & 2019 World Champion with Inveraray and District
2017 US Silver Medal Winner
Pipe Major of Oran Mor Pipe Band (14th in the World, 2011)
Founder and Creator of Dojo University 

Carl Donley

Carl Donley 

Co-founder of the Dojo and student favorite!
Former Pipe Major of Iona College Pipe Band
Professional Soloist
Piper with Grade 1 Oran Mor Pipe Band (2007–2013) 

P/M Andrew Fusco

Pipe Major, Las Vegas Pipe Band
Co-host, Chanter Rant Podcast (listen at your own risk!)

P/M Andra Stoller 

Pipe Major, Pike's Peak Highlanders
Long-time teacher of successful beginners

Our program features 8 private lessons – that's two every week of the program. Your private instructor will give you the 1-on-1 attention you need to achieve the goal of next-level bagpipe musicianship in just 30 days.

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Lisa Kidd on a boat

"I’m so glad you forced me to take my pipes completely apart and reassemble right from the beginning.
I’ll never have to worry about messing something up that I can’t fix anymore!
I can say with great confidence that this program will shorten anyone’s learning curve.
It’s an extremely worthwhile investment to ‘make friends’ with your pipes.
You’ve created something that everyone who is transitioning to the pipes should be so lucky to experience.
It will definitely shorten anyone's learning curve in a very reasonable amount of time.
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Lisa Kidd – Lake Erie, USA

This program is not for just anyone...

This program is for any piper that is feeling in any way frustrated or overwhelmed trying to get their bagpipe to feel good and/or to sound good. It will also work for any piper who is transitioning from the practice chanter to the bagpipes, and wants the process to be ultra efficient and rewarding. 

But, even if you are in this boat, it's important to know that this program isn't going to work for just everyone. To be the "right fit", a piper in this program should:

  • Own a set of bagpipes made by a reputable maker (i.e. not cheap eBay pipes...)
  • Be humble! Students should come ready, willing, and able to take feedback and constructive criticism from our staff.
  • Be willing to change how they currently think things should work, so they can learn how they actually work.
  • Be comfortable doing things differently than their piping peers. A lot of us play in bands or as part of other communities where things are usually done a "certain way." Our way will have differences. And you have to be comfortable with this for the duration of the program.
  • Be able and willing to spend a minimum of 1 hour per day, 6 days per week working on Makeover content for the duration of our 30 Day Makeover. 

Perhaps most importantly, a piper in this program needs to have “fire in the belly” – a strong desire, willingness, and availability to really attack our 30-day program.

If you fit this description – you’re ready. And we're excited to work with you.

A Simple, Step-By-Step Pathway to Bagpipe Comfort and Confidence

Our 30 Day Bagpipe Makeover is broken into 8 x 3-day sprints that offer an easy-to-understand pathway to get comfortable, confident, and sounding great!

Once we understand each bite-sized mission, we "sprint" for 3 days by practicing hard on these singularly focuses concepts.

No sprint will be "too hard," because we break things down into bite-sized chunks that build on work you've previously done!

Personalized, 1-on-1 Help Twice Each Week

During all 8 of our 3-day sprints during this program, you'll get a chance to sit down for a 1-on-1 session with a member of the Dojo staff – acclaimed piping instructors that have helped countless pipers get comfortable and thrive with their pipes.

Whether you're struggling or thriving with the current assignment, your instructor will be there to zero in on your individual needs, so this program is truly 100% catered to you.

We'll assign an instructor to you based on your own personal calendar and availability.

24/7 Help and Support from Instructors and Peers

Our private social group on DojoUniversity.com is similar to a Facebook Group, but without all the distractions!

Simply log on to our website to participate. Post a question, a sample of your playing, help others, or just socialize with other friends on the plan.

Our instructors monitor this group all day long, making sure you never have to wait for a response to your important questions.

Additional World-Champion Instruction and Support

Andrew Douglas, 2-time world-champion with Inveraray and District, will hold weekly "office hours" for you to tune in and ask questions, share your work, and more.

Use these sessions to get a fresh perspective, right from the horse's mouth!

100 Pages of Day-By-Day, Step-By-Step, Detailed Instructions

Our 30 Day Bagpipe Makeover comes with a 100+ page spiral-bound physical book and contains detailed lesson content, worksheets, checklists, game plans, practice logs, and more!

For each day of our plan, the book will clearly lay out what needs to be done, and how to do it. From there, you can take notes, jot down things to be done, or even draw mustaches on all of the pictures!

The book is also a keepsake from this event, so you'll remember the lessons learned far into the future.

Lifetime Access to the Bagpipe Comfort "Formula"

One of the finest courses we offer at Dojo U is called "Transitioning to the Bagpipes" (usually $99), and lifetime access to it comes free with this program.

Many pipers assume this course is only for beginners, but it will serve our purposes primarily as a "re-learning" super-resource for the exact formula we're going to use to breech the bagpipe comfort fortress!

Video, audio, text documentation, homework, quizzes, and more make this a hugely valuable reference that will last a lifetime.

Sleep Soundly At Night with Great Peace of Mind...

Perhaps the most meaningful feature of this intensive is our robust guarantee. No other piping school in the world is willing to guarantee great results – but we are.

If you're not totally comfortable and confident with your bagpipes by the end of this course, we promise you give you back your full investment.

You can read more about "Our Promise" below.

Bonus: Flagship "Instrument Fundamentals" Course

One of our flagship courses is called "Instrument Fundamentals." Usually $149, this course is designed for intermediate and advanced pipers (you'll be joining these ranks far sooner than expected as a result of our 30 Day Bagpipe Makeover), and is intended to be an exhaustive "encyclopedia" of bagpipe instrument knowledge. Yours free (for a lifetime) with enrollment before the deadline.

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Bonus: No More Chanter Reed Struggles

Receive lifetime access to our Chanter Reed Selection and Manipulation Course (usually $39) if you order before the deadline.

This course features several 1-hour lectures taught by Andrew Douglas, and by world-champion Pipe Major Robert Mathieson detailing great ways to select the right reeds, and "all the tricks in the book" regarding manipulating them to be the right strength and to create the best sound.

Don't miss out on this gem! Let's get enrolled today.

Hear What Past Makeover Students Have To Say...

Frances McChesney bagpiper

"One of my weaknesses was being able to tune my drones, to my husband's chagrin since he is very attuned to tuning. Now, I can tune my chanter to my drones and my drones to each other without needing his help. It was worth the money to have a happy husband!"

Frances McChesney – California, USA

Dave Otto bagpiper

"I've been playing for 35 years, attended several piping schools and maintenance courses – but I've never had such a wealth of information in such a short period of time. For the first time, I know how to set up anyone’s bagpipes so they're easy to play! I highly recommend the Makeover to every piper."

Dave Otto – Edmonton, Canada

Meredith Hatherly

"It was challenging but very worthwhile having clarity about a structured way to sort out the confusing mess I was in with my pipes prior to starting the course. I still have to work hard to achieve true comfort and confidence, but I now know exactly what I need to do to get there."

Meredith Hatherly – Canberra, Australia

Kate Gordon bagpipes

"Before, I had a vague idea of bagpipe anatomy, but working through this course gave me a good understanding of what’s going on with my pipes, and how to make corrections. I feel more comfortable, confident, and able to concentrate on playing. Worth it...even with the exchange rate!"

Kate Gordon – Lake Ontario, Canada

The "Sprints"

Next, I want to show you the 8 intense "sprints" that make up our program, and details about what they entail. But first, I need to ask you a question...

If I offered you two options, which would you take?

Option A: start playing tunes today on your bagpipes, but never have any real hope to achieve mastery (or real enjoyment) out of your instrument, ever… Engrain bad habits from the start. Never be able to reverse them.

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Option B: Carefully take 30 focused days of practice and development to learn the basic fundamental skills you need to become an excellent bagpipe-operator and set yourself up for a lifetime of great music and passion…

Which one would you choose?

Sadly, students (and poor teachers) around the world opt for option A. As we've said before, the bagpipes are complex. So, as a result of taking this impatient option, players around the world struggle to produce a good sound out of the pipes, for their entire career as pipers. You may be reading this today because, knowingly or unknowingly, you took Option A back when you started.

This Makeover is going to show you our repeatedly proven "Option B". 

We promise, if you work diligently on each of our sprints, as directed, your bagpipes will be a joy to play by the end of one month. If not, you get all of your investment returned to you.

If you can focus and be patient for a really reasonable amount of time, we can turn you into a comfortable, confident bagpiper. 

If you can’t, this course probably won't be the right fit for you!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming...

...Our 30 Day Bagpipe Makeover has 8 x 3-day sprints, designed to be pretty easy to manage. Each sprint focuses on a singular concept, which should be easy because you will have built a great foundation to work from.

Let's explore these in a bit more detail.

Sprint

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Gut Your Instrument

The first step of making your bagpipes a joy to play isn't blowing steady. And it's not tuning. It's not even maintenance.

Knowing how to put your pipes together properly is the first step. And, in this 3-day sprint, we're going to focus on nothing but that. We're going to rip of all existing hemp and re-do the hemping ourselves. We're going to untie our drone cords and tie them on again.

The reasoning? Nothing about your bagpipes, even their basic assembly, should ever intimidate you. No more waiting around for your pipe major to help you with your pipes – you should always be confident to make any necessary change to your own pipes.

Sprint

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Space Travel and Posture

This is the only sprint in our program where we have two things to cover.

First, we'll learn to ask the single most important bagpipe maintenance question of all: "Would I wear my bagpipe to outer space?" Unless the answer is yes, we must not carry on with any bagpipe activities. We'll teach you to make the answer "yes" every time you pick your pipes out of the box.

From there, we'll focus on bagpipe posture. If you can't hold your pipes comfortably on your body as you play, you won't ever be comfortable playing. Obvious, right? We have a 4-point system to guarantee great bagpipe posture, and we'll teach it to you in this sprint.

Sprint

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Opening Up One Drone

A couple of years ago, Joe Brady from the Wake and District Pipe Band in North Carolina, USA, explained how they used our Dojo Method to teach pipers to operate their bagpipes, but they did it in a different order. Why introduce the chanter first when a single drone was much more manageable and could teach the piper so much more necessary info?

This was an epiphany for us, and this has been Sprint 3 for us ever since.

Three days just playing one drone? You bet, and it's going to be a busy few days. With one drone going, we'll explore blowing/squeezing coordination, blowing cadence, maintaining posture, lip seal, starts, stops, and more. Trust me. This will not be boring!

Sprint

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Adding Another Drone

Next we'll open up our bass drone. With the second drone going, we'll reinforce much of what we learned in the previous sprint, and also work on basic drone tuning.

It's light-years easier to work on basic tuning at this stage than it is to learn it later on in the process. After 3 days of tuning during this sprint, you'll almost be a master at it before you've played a single tune! 

Sprint

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Marching, Striking In, and Cutting Off

We have to conquer a couple of logistical challenges before we introduce our chanter into the mix. Marching, strike-ins, and cut-offs are tricky-yet-essential things all pipers need to be able to do.

We'll put in ample time and repetitions on these things in this sprint.

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Integrating the Chanter with No Drones

We now have a strong foundation with which we can integrate the chanter. Exactly how do you know if your reed is the right strength? Is it supposed to be this easy to play? (Yes, it is!)

We'll play some music and learn some key concepts without drones going in this sprint, to set us up for the full instrument in the upcoming sprints.

P.S. How do you know the perfect chanter reed strength for you? We'll dive into our "secret" formula during this sprint. (Hint: it's just common sense).

P.P.S. What do you do if your reed is too hard? We'll cover that too!

Sprint

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Chanter + 1 Drone

In this sprint, we'll learn to tune our drone(s) to our chanter, learn about dreaded "mental blowing anomalies", and then follow this up by drilling starts, stops, steady blowing, marching, etc.

Sprint

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Chanter + Multiple Drones

There's nothing left to learn here, other than to get used to putting all of our well-oiled pieces together. In this sprint, we're going to primarily enjoy the joy of playing our instrument.

Our Promise To You...

You shouldn't invest real money in a program like this unless you know for sure it's going to work for you, which is why...

We promise that you'll become comfortable and confident with your bagpipes by the end of this 30 day program.
If you're not thrilled with how it feels to play your pipes by the end of this, receive a full refund.

(PLUS you can keep the Transitioning Course, the Instrument Course,
the Chanter Reed Course AND the Makeover Workbook as a gesture of good will from us!)

 No shenanigans here. If the program doesn't work for you, you get your money back. It's that simple.

DOJO UNIVERSITY 30 DAY BAGPIPE MAKEOVER REGISTRATION

Price: $999

Early Bird Price = $739

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30 Day Bagpipe Makeover, Oct 3rd through Oct 30th, 2021

What you get:

  • 8 x high-intensity sprints across 4 weeks helping you achieve true comfort and confidence with your bagpipes.
  • 8 x 1-on-1 sessions with acclaimed Dojo University staff for personalized, confidential support during the process of making your bagpipes a joy to play.
  • 100+ page workbook, video lessons and more to help you achieve your breakthrough.
  • Lifetime access to our popular, flagship Dojo University Transitioning to the Bagpipes Online course ($99 value!).
  • BONUS! Enroll before the deadline to receive lifetime access to our flagship Instrument Fundamentals Course (usually $149).
  • BONUS! Enroll before deadline to receive lifetime access to our Chanter Reed Manipulation online course (usually $39).
  • Iron-clad money-back guarantee: if your bagpipes aren't a joy to play by the end of the program, we'll refund every cent invested.

Is this the right program for you?

The Bagpipe Makeover will be affective for anyone who strives for a comfortable bagpipe.

  • Desire: This program is for pipers with a burning desire to have a major breakthrough in their bagpipe comfort and confidence!
  • Level: This program is for anyone who is playing on full bagpipes and currently experiencing frustration with their instrument comfort/confidence. Beginners transitioning from practice chanter to bagpipes are also very welcome – this would be a fantastic way to kickstart your piping career!
  • Setting: Online/virtual
  • Course time commitment: Participants must be able to commit to at least 1 hour per day, 6 days per week, for 4 full weeks, beginning October 3rd.

DOJO UNIVERSITY 30 DAY BAGPIPE MAKEOVER REGISTRATION

Price: $999

30 Day Bagpipe Makeover, Oct 3rd through Oct 30th, 2021

What you get:

  • 8 x high-intensity sprints across 4 weeks helping you achieve true comfort and confidence with your bagpipes.
  • 8 x 1-on-1 sessions with acclaimed Dojo University staff for personalized, confidential support during the process of making your bagpipes a joy to play.
  • 100+ page workbook, video lessons and more to help you achieve your breakthrough.
  • Lifetime access to our popular, flagship Dojo University Transitioning to the Bagpipes Online course ($99 value!).
  • BONUS! Enroll before the deadline to receive lifetime access to our flagship Instrument Fundamentals Course (usually $149).
  • BONUS! Enroll before deadline to receive lifetime access to our Chanter Reed Manipulation online course (usually $39).
  • Iron-clad money-back guarantee: if your bagpipes aren't a joy to play by the end of the program, we'll refund every cent invested.

Is this the right program for you?

The Bagpipe Makeover will be affective for anyone who strives for a comfortable bagpipe.

  • Desire: This program is for pipers with a burning desire to have a major breakthrough in their bagpipe comfort and confidence!
  • Level: This program is for anyone who is playing on full bagpipes and currently experiencing frustration with their instrument comfort/confidence. Beginners transitioning from practice chanter to bagpipes are also very welcome – this would be a fantastic way to kickstart your piping career!
  • Setting: Online/virtual
  • Course time commitment: Participants must be able to commit to at least 1 hour per day, 6 days per week, for 4 full weeks, beginning October 3rd.

The "Buts"

So you've had the spiel, you've seen the price, but you're still reading...
usually that's because you still have some issues or reservations about the product.

This is normal, and we can't blame you. This is a big investment, and we need to make sure we cover all of the bases before we make a move.

Here are some of the most common reservations folks have – perhaps I can help set your mind at ease...

This is just too much money.

This is indeed a fairly sizable investment, but if you take a deeper look at the physical and non-physical benefits of this program, I hope you'll agree it's a great bang for the buck. Let's explore together!

The physical benefits: If you look at just the "hard value" of the ingredients of our offering, you'll see that the value is there.

  • Street value for 8 lessons with top pipers is at least (at LEAST) $400.
  • Our Transitioning to the Pipes Course (that you'll get to keep forever) usually sells for $99.
  • Our workbook is a play by play detailed resource that isn't sold anywhere else, and by itself could teach any piper to become comfortable and confident operating their pipes. Let's conservatively put a price tag of $50 on that book.
  • Four hour-long group sessions with Andrew Douglas? Let's call that an $80 value.
  • 24/7 access to instructors and peers via our social group... we wouldn't sell that as a standalone product, but it has immense value. To have questions answered or to get feedback at a moment's notice for a full month? That's pretty good value.

My hope is that you can see that the "goods" are already here for you value-wise. But now, let's talk about...

The "non-physical benefits": On top of the pound-for-pound items included in this offer, we are guaranteeing a great result or you get your money back. No other product on Earth really does that, does it? And, with that I'd like to pose the following questions:

  • What would it be worth to you to become truly comfortable playing your pipes?
  • What would you be willing to pay to feel true enjoyment and confidence with your pipes for the rest of your life? (After all, the skills we will teach you in this 30 Day Makeover never depreciate! You'll benefit from this experience forever!)
  • How many dollars would you be willing to part with to truly be able to focus on making great music on your pipes, instead of constantly fighting?
  • If you're reading this right now, there's a good chance that quitting the pipes altogether has crossed your mind – possibly quite recently. Would this dollar amount be worth spending to avoid the end of your entire piping career?

I'm too busy for this.

Life is crazy sometimes! My question to you is – can you spare 1 hour a day for 30 days to turn your piping nightmare into a literal dream come true? If you're like me, you don't need your music to be perfect. You just need to feel like you are making progress. This program will provide that feeling to you. Plan ahead. Carve out the time. You deserve this.

I'm already involved with too many bagpipe projects.

This is the kicker isn't it? And, it's rich with irony. Many love the sound of this program, but don't take the plunge because they have too many tunes to memorize for their band, or they are preparing for a solo competition, or they are busy with gigs, etc.

The obvious elephant in the room here is – what good to you are any of these activities if you are feeling overwhelmed and miserable with your bagpipes all the time? Why not take a 30-day "regroup" with us to put your bagpiping enjoyment (and quality!!!) on a whole new plane?

  • I know your pipe major will support you becoming comfortable with your pipes in exchange for a 30 day hiatus (or semi-hiatus) from band practice.
  • I know families of the fallen and brides would much prefer a confident, comfortable, great-sounding piper at their service.
  • I know judges, bandmates, and audiences of ALL kinds will greatly prefer the confident, comfortable version of you vs. the struggling, frustrated version of you.

Take a 30 day time out with us – you won't regret it.

I already have a bagpipe teacher...

Everything we do at Dojo University (our online bagpipe learning platform, of which this program is a part) is designed specifically to integrate well with other instruction that you receive. We never ask people to change their style, to leave their teachers, or anything of the sort.

This program fully integrates with any program your teacher may have you on. No matter who your teacher is, they will want you to have great confidence with bagpipe maintenance, to develop great posture, to learn the essentials of blowing confident tone, to know the basics of tuning, etc. Nothing we do will conflict with that. If anything, this program guarantees many more seasons of lessons with your instructor (instead of potentially giving up sometime soon because you're feeling so frustrated with your pipes).

Also, remember this is a 30-day makeover. What would 30 straight days of lessons with your current private teacher cost you (in dollars, plus gas money, plus time away from home, etc)?

Bagpipe lessons on the internet are not for me!

Certainly, nothing can be better than a face-to-face lesson with an expert. But this is a costly learning model. Lessons are expensive, and there is a large logistical cost to make a lesson happen.

Using online technology, you can sit down with a great instructor, from the comfort of home, and work on your piping. You don't have to worry about gas money. You don't have to worry about time away from the spouse and kids. You don't have to worry about contracting any contagions from the latest worldwide pandemic. You don't even have to put on pants! Although, that last one we recommend regardless...

We use Zoom technology for all of our sessions, which is amazingly simple and effective these days. It's now optimized for playing music, and works well on any computer, tablet, or mobile device.

Is in-person education great? Of course! But don't let this technology business stop you from having the bagpipe breakthrough of a lifetime.


I hope this helps you overcome some of the "buts" that might prohibit you from enrolling with us. We are going to have great time making your bagpipe dreams come true!

Frequently Asked Questions

The 30 Day Bagpipe Makeover is a big investment, and that can raise a lot of important questions. Here are some of the big questions and their corresponding big answers for you.

Is this taught fully online?

Yes. This program is designed to happen from the comfort of your own practice room!

Your weekly online "missions" will be distributed as part of an automated online course, with full supplemental materials to give you all the resources you need to dig deep on each topic as it arises.

All interactive sessions with instructors will use Zoom software to interact. Zoom is extremely user-friendly and works on any computer, phone, or tablet.

What if my internet is unreliable?

Take a moment to test your internet speed by clicking here now. Click the "Go" button when you get to the page to test your internet speed.

Wait for the test to finish. If you have at least 5 mbps (that means "megabytes per second") DOWNLOAD speed, your internet should be good enough for this program.

Below that, and we would recommend faster internet before undertaking this program.

Is there any "fine print" regarding the satisfaction guarantee?

This program is designed for you! It’s a big investment on your part, and so it's very important that, if you're not satisfied, you can get all of your money back. With that said, you must play your part and "buy in" to the program in order to be eligible.

In order to be eligible for a refund, you must “show your work,” demonstrating that you’ve:

  • Fully attended all course events and lessons.
  • Followed the course prescriptions to the letter.
  • Used your workbook and practice log as directed.
  • Demonstrated a “coachable” demeanor and a willingness to change your approach when necessary. 

Also, we will always adhere to the rules of common sense when doing business together:

  • In the case of a true life emergency, we can offer a pro-rated refund for course materials. 
  • In the unlikely event that the Dojo is unable to deliver all of the agreed upon goods and services outlined by the Intensive, you will be refunded a fair amount. 
  • And so on, as per the rules of "common sense."

What happens if I have an emergency and need to bow out of the plan?

In the case of emergency, we will follow the common sense rule here. If you need to cancel part-way through the plan due to a personal crisis or emergency, we will offer a pro-rated refund.

What if I have to miss a day on this plan?

We get it, life happens! If you have to miss a day here or there, you will be fine on this plan. There is a "day off" built into each week for this very purpose. Missing one or two days during the program will be managable.

However, if you have major conflicts during the plan, this will definitely be an issue, and would void your money-back guarantee. 30 days of solid learning continuity is a big part of how we can promise great results. If you have major conflicts during the time period that we're offering this intensive, it is best to wait until a future offering of this program to sign up.

What materials do I need for the program?

We provide all of your educational materials for your plan. However, by the time the program begins, your practice room should be equipped with:

  • A fully distraction-free practice space
  • A fully functioning bagpipe, and of course a practice chanter
  • A metronome that's loud enough to clearly here when playing the full pipes
  • A tube-style manometer built to Dojo specs (we'll help you with this after you've signed up)
  • A solid internet connection (see above)
  • A printer is recommended but not required.

That's really just about all you need!

Can I cancel before the program starts?

Yes. You can cancel up until 4 weeks before the start date of October 3rd to receive a full refund. Unfortunately, after that time no refunds will be allowed.

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