When You're Done, You'll Walk Away With a Plan For Composing
... utilizing The Six-Phase Learning Process for Bagpipe Composition.
What if, instead of trying to "copy" others' harmonies, or take a wild "stab in the dark" at writing them yourself, you understood the process and could make beatifully unique arrangements all on your own?
I (Andrew Douglas) often get hired to write harmonies for bands. To be honest, it's not my favorite thing to do.
Why not? Well, sure - it's a lot of work. But that's not the reason. (For my own music, I LOVE doing the work when it comes to harmonies and arrangements).
I'll never get to perform these arrangements - but that's not the reason either.
The real reason I don't like writing harmonies for bands very much is because writing harmonies is a personal, joyous part of the repertoire building process!
Some of the best times I've ever had playing in bands was working through musical arrangements and writing harmonies. It truly is a special, rewarding experience that we all deserve.
The trouble is, most people are "blocked" from being able to experience this awesome part of bagpiping because they think they don't have the music theory knowledge (or "talent") to do it themselves.
FACT: If you can understand the sheet music for Scotland the Brave, you have the music-theory foundation to compose tunes, harmonies, and arrangements.
That's right. "Hidden" in what we already know about bagpipe music are the "secrets" to composing tunes of our own, writing harmonies, playing with other instruments, arranging great medleys, etc.
The trick is in unpacking the music theory concepts that exist in all tunes so that we can understand it and can use it.
You see, bagpipes are the same as all other instruments when it comes to their relationship with the basics of music theory. We play the same scales, the same notes, the same rhythms, etc. There are just one or two things we have to understand before that becomes perfectly clear.
Once we understand that we are the same as everyone else (when it comes to theory), we can use what others are doing to influence our own music making.
So, how do you fill in the blanks that you need in order to become a great bagpipe composer?
Well, that's where this course comes in.
By the time you've finished the Composition Foundations "Core" Course here at Dojo U, you'll have developed a keen sense of the relationship the bagpipe has to the rest of the world of Western Music.
With this course under your belt, you'll be able to mold unique, personal, inspiring compositions, harmonies, and more with your band (or as a soloist).
The era of playing strictly the compositions of others has come to an end!
You've been speaking the language of music theory for a long time already - you just don't know it yet. When you harness the knowledge of scales, keys, chords, chord progressions, etc., you'll realize that the potential is literally infinite when it comes to how you can apply your creativity to the bagpipes.
You'll find you had a lot of misconceptions about how tunes are actually composed. It doesn't have all that much to do with divine providence - instead, it's simply having a bit of fun with the basic building blocks of our music. Understand the basic building blocks, and you too will have "what it takes" to create your own amazing music for the bagpipes.
In this course, we'll teach you to use the power of various technologies to aide in your composition journey. From digital recording, to engraving software, to the good ol' fashioned piano, we're going to teach you the ins and outs of all the tools you could need to write tunes, harmonies, suites - even arrange for OTHER instruments.
In this course we'll study some existing famous pieces of music so that you'll have plenty of context to create music of your own. Throughout our 6-phase learning process, we'll be writing tunes, writing harmonies, writing our own "Suite" of bagpipe music, arranging the perfect pipe band medley - even producing chord-charts to jam with other instruments.
Module 1: Essential Theory and Chord Progressions
Module 2: Bagpipe Tune Composition
Module 3: Writing Harmonies
Module 4: The Suite
Module 5: Pipe Band Medleys
Module 6: Miscellaneous Composition Techniques
Module 7: Bonus Material
What You'll Get: When you enroll today, you'll receive instant access to:
Plus, upon successfully completing of the course and the final exam, you'll also receive "Belt Level Points" towards yor next Dojo University belt-level. A great way to measure your achievement as you take more courses and gather more experience in the bagpipe world.
Course Details: Tuition: $149 Level: Intermediate through Advanced (you should have a few years of experience on the full bagpipes before attempting). Setting: Online/Virtual Course Length: 15-20 Hours Expected Completion Time: 1-3 Weeks
Sign up by clicking "enroll now." Direct access will be sent to your inbox.
TAKE THE COURSE
The course take 15-20 hours to complete, with several in-depth modules, quizzes on each module, and a final exam.
PASS THE TEST
At the end of the course, 80% or higher on the final exam means you've passed and you're now a trained expert!
COMPOSING FOUNDATIONS COURSE (WITH QUIZZES AND FINAL EXAM)
The Fingerwork Fundamentals Course
Sally the Solo Piper
Write your own tunes, arrangeme music to be played with others. Expand your piping to become something that's truly unique to you.
Band Player Bob
Write tunes for your band, complete with harmonies! Experiment with harmony and arrangements on the spot at band practice!
Pipe Major Pam
Construct great medleys, write a Suite for your band that can be performed at major shows. Foster a creative environment for your constituents.
"Cool" Bagpipe Teacher Tim
If you want your students to make the bagpipe a true extension of themselves, you can now encourage real creativity with your knowledge of composition and theory.
Martha the Mom/Spouse
It's always super handy when your mother and/or spouse writes tunes for you to play. For real. It is!
If you're a soloist...
...this course will add a whole new dimension to your bagpiping experience.
As pipers, the vast majority of us will only ever play the compositions of others. We'll rarely play with other instruments, ever.
With the composition course, you'll be able to explore the rewarding world of creating your own music. You'll be able to create things that are uniquely yours - and it's a great feeling.
The bottom line: It'll bring you a far more enriched bagpiping experience.
This is the exact process I (Andrew) have used to create well-known bagpipe tunes, suites, and medley arrangements.
I've held nothing back in this course. This is the playbook.
So, if you want to:
...this course is for you.
If you're in a band...
For bands, this course address a very real pain-point - how do we make our music sound unique to us?
How do we make our competition material stand apart from the pack?
How do we put on concerts that are musically exciting, instead of the same old stuff all the other bands are doing?
This composition course puts all of the tools to answer these questions right in your hands. With a little bit of understanding of how bagpipe music relates to the bigger world of music theory, you'll be able to
This course will be a huge leap forward for you and your band!
“My name is Andrew Douglas and I'm the founder of the Piper's Dojo and creator of Dojo University, our online learning portal for bagpipers. I'm super excited to be your guide as we drill into some of the most esstential fundamental elements of bagpipe composing and arranging... So glad to have you aboard!"
— Andrew Douglas
A bit more about Andrew:
Q: "Is this course right for my ability level?"
A: If you've been playing for a year or two, yes!
If you've been playing playing full tunes on the pipes for a year or two, this course will definitely open your eyes. Yes, even if you are a professional piper it'll open your eyes.
If you are "brand spankin' new" to the pipes, wait on this course until you've "gotten your feet underneath you a bit."
Q: "What is a 'core' course?"
A: A "core" course is an A-to-Z, soup-to-nuts, in depth bagpipe course.
If you've been around Dojo U for long at all, you'll know that we offer a wide variety of resources, materials, and activities to help make this truly the world's first "piping school" on the web. Some of our courses are "short and sweet," with only the bare-essentials presented. Other courses are somewhere in between. "Core courses" are the full story, 100%.
Q: "How long will it take to access my course when I deliver it?"
A: Immediate. We'll send you a username and password to access the course right to your email address.
Q: "Can I download the course to watch offline?"
A: This course is hosted and protected "in the cloud." If you have an internet connection, you can literally access this course anywhere, on any device. Unfortunately, none of the video materials are downloadable onto your device for offline viewing. (The documents and other share-ables are though!
Q: "Can I do this course on my phone/tablet?"
A: Yes! Our updated interface jives extremely well with all modern devices.
Q: "Is there a guarantee?"
Yep...all our trainings have a 30-day, no-questions-asked guarantee.
In other words, if you aren't happy for any reason, just let us know and we'll give you your money back. We obviously don't think it'll come to that, but if you're even the least bit worried if this will work for you, then put your mind at ease.
You either get the results you want or you get your money back. It's as simple as that!
Yes, you can find bagpipe instruction elsewhere on the internet and in person, but a Dojo University course is unique because it's 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 so we made a course instead. We've 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 welcome! In Dojo U you've found your bagpipe home.