Master Bagpipe Instrument Fundamentals ...a Dojo University "Core" Course

An in-depth course unveiling the 13 Steps to Great Bagpipe Sound that come together to forge a bullet-proof instrument.


When You're Done, You'll Walk Away With a Plan For


... utilizing The The 3-Phase "Bagpipe Tree of Sound" for creating great tone and tuning out of your instrument:

What if you didn't have to struggle to extract a marvelous, sparking tone from your bagpipe, each and every time you played? 

Instead, what if the challenge was simply just how much tonal quality you could extract?

It probably sounds crazy, but bagpiping is no different than any other mastery oriented skill. For some reason, we are all led to believe that setting up our pipes is a mystical endeavor, and that the secrets to a great sounding bagpipe lie deep in the souls of famous players but - guess what - it's not mystical - instead, it's common sense (and I'll teach you what i mean)!

Just like a basketball player has certain fundamentals to master in order to be part of a great team (dribbling, defense, boxing out, and of course shooting), bagpipers have a set of basic fundamentals they need to master as well. 

Are you following me? 

"Hoping and praying" (and PAYING?) that the right bagpipe sound tips come your way is no way to set up your bagpipes, at any time. I can promise you no improvement will be made. Some people can tune their pipes and play well within 6 months. Yet, you're still struggling - why is this? 

... it's because you haven't figured out the process of a great sounding bagpipe yet. 

So, what is this process I speak of, and how can you implement it into your own day-to-day process so that your pipes sound good every time you pick them up?

Well, that's exactly what you're about to learn...

FACT: There are thirteen (And ONLY 13) steps to achieving a great bagpipe sound, every time. (...Oh - and they're not complicated, by the way...) 

Fundamentals are the life-blood of all great-sounding bagpipes. 

It sounds a bit boring... but I've got news for you; it's true.

That's why going to a few private lessons with a "famous" piper every now and then just isn't enough. Even the best, most well-intentioned instructor will struggle to distill solid, repeatable, masterable fundamental skills in the short time that you're there for your lesson. 

Indeed, bagpipe "lessons" in the traditional sense of the word are for refining the way you set up your pipes, for adding the "icing" to the cake that you've generated based on your own existing skillset.

So...where do we get the proverbial "cake"?

Where do we go to develop a clear sense of direction, a repeatabe system for creating a great sound out of our bagpipes, on a daily basis? 

Well, that's where this course comes in. 

By the time you've finished the Instrument Fundamentals "Core" Course here at Dojo U, you'll have developed a keen sense of the 13 simple steps to bagpipe sound that you need to produce great tone and tuning every time you pick 'em up out of the box. 

Now that you've digested the course and worked on the key concepts, you'll have your bagpipe sound 95% of the way to greatness before you show up at your lesson (or to a band practice for that matter). You'll be a true piper, ready to express yourself through a beautiful sounding instrument- instead of struggling just to make some sort of sound come out... 

What You'll Learn In This Course

The 13 Non-Subjective Steps (in order) to achieving amazing bagpipe sound.

Would it have been easier to say "objective"? Sure, probably. But the fact that the 13 steps are free from the many subjective fallacies that cut pipers down out there in the bagpipe world is what's most important. We'll learn what the 13 steps are, why the order of the steps is so important, and how they'll help you become a great piper, in this course.

This isn't witchcraft - this is real, objective, simple steps that build on each other to get you to the finish line.

The Real Reason Tuning SEEMS so difficult.

Why is tuning so hard? (Not actually the right question to ask).

In this course, each element inside our "bagpipe tree of sound" will be discussed, and we will illustrate that bagpipe tuning actually isn't as impossible as it seems, but that great tuning is built on pre-requisite fundamentals that must be mastered first. What are these skills, and how do we develop them? 

Now THAT is the right question, and we'll dig deep into all of the elements in this course.

Cutting through the "B.S."

Yep, I'm sorry to say that there's a lot of B.S. out there in regards to bagpipe maintenance, bagpipe tone, bagpipe tuning, tuning pipe bands, manipulating chanter reeds, tying in bags, etc. 

Rather than ambling dazedly through the terrain of nonsense that has formed as a resut of all of this B.S., this course cuts through the noise with simple, objective, logical methods that will put all of the other "theories" to rest. 

How to Implement Concepts to Generate Improvement

After each lesson is taught, we'll spend time to carefully discuss how to best-implement what you've learned to generate efficient improvement. Most of us can't spend 3 hours a day developing steady blowing. So, what can you do in 5-10 minutes per day? The great thing about developing a simple, objective bagpipe-sound skillset is that practicing that skillset can be simple and objective as well!

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"In today’s technological age The Piper’s Dojo has created an educational institution where pipers of all levels can obtain much needed instruction. Living in Memphis I am in an area devoid of higher instruction, The Dojo has given me an extremely affordable outlet where I can learn on my time from some of the top pipers in the world allowing my playing to truly flourish"

Ken Hiner, Memphis Tennessee

 "Bagpipes are too hard to play", "Most people can't get a proper sound out of them". "Who's killing their cats?" How many times have we heard it?  

Playing an instrument properly requires that the instrument be set up and maintained properly, and ultimately this requires a thorough understanding of how that's done. From simple hemping and making sure your bag is tip-top air-tight, picking a solid sounding reed, and ultimately making sure your instrument is comfortable to play. The Instrument Fundamentals Course leaves no stone un-turned. I regularly use the information gleaned from this course to encourage better sound from my bandmates, and that's music to everybody's ears.

Tim Gatehouse, Pennsylvania

Bagpipe Instrument Fundamentals Course Details

In this 16-hour course you'll learn everything you need to know to master the simple, objective fundamentals that make excellent bagpipe sound.

Module 1: The Bagpipe "Tree of Sound"

  • Introduction
  • The Bagpipe Tree of Sound and what it means
  • Materials you'll need for the course 

Module 2: Bagpipe Maintenance

  • Maintenance from the Inside Out, and Bag Air-tight-ness.
  • Joint Air-tight-ness
  • Joints and Tuning Pins, Continued
  • Reed-seat Air-tightness
  • Drone Reed Calibration (Expanation)
  • Calibration Step 1: Calibrating 1 Drone to the Chanter
  • Calibration Step 2: Calibrating the Remaining Drones

Module 3: Tonal Quality

  • Intro to "Tonal Quality"
  • Developing Maximum Richness
  • Using a Manometer to Develop Your Richness
  • Manometer Use, Continued
  • Developing Steadiness, and "Physical Blowing Technique'
  • "Mental" Blowing Anomalies 

Module 4: Tuning

  • Intro to Tuning
  • "Balancing" the Chanter
  • Tuning 1 Drone to the Chanter
  • Tuning the Drones with Each Other
  • Fine-Tuning Chanter Notes
  • Chanter Tuning Techniques
  • Deciphering Chanter Tuning "Scenarios"
  • Some Tuning Demonstrations
  • The Pitch-Time Continuum - Introduction
  • Pitch-Time Continuum & the Effects of Moisture
  • Pitch-Time Continuum Concluded
  • Continuously Adjusting Tuning

Module 5: Developing a Routine

  • Intro to a Quality Bagpipe Sound Routine
  • Your Routine: The Short Game
  • Your Routine: The Long Game

Module 6: Advanced Chanter Reed Concepts

  • Reed Manipulations
  • Manipulations Continued
  • Picking Out New Reeds
  • Selecting Reeds, Continued

Module 7: Bagpipe Sound in Pipe Bands

  • Intro to Pipe Band Sound
  • How to Tune a Pipe Corps 

2 Bonus Modules!!

Take advantage of our Flash Sale today and we'll include two bonus sections in your course purchase - it's another 10 hours of material, at least!

Bonus One: How to Tie on a Hide Pipe Bag (7 Lessons)

Carl Donley takes you through the challenging (but doable) art of tying on a hide pipe bag.

Bonus Two: 10 Supplemental Live Class Recordings 

Dig deeper into many of the topics covered in the course by digesting these great bonus classes. 10 hours of material FREE with your purchase today.

What You'll Get: When you enroll today, you'll receive instant access to:  

  • The Instrument Fundamentals Course
  • 7 Core Modules
  • 30+ Video Lessons
  • PDF Lesson "Handouts"
  • Quizzes after each lesson.
  • Final Exam at the end of the course

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: Beginner through Advanced (you should be able to play a few tunes on the pipes before attempting). Setting: Online/Virtual Course Length: 15-20 Hours Expected Completion Time: 1-3 Weeks

How It Works


Sign up by clicking "enroll now." Direct access will be sent to your inbox.


The course take 15-20 hours to complete, with several in-depth modules, quizzes on each module, and a final exam.


At the end of the course, 80% or higher on the final exam means you've passed and you're now a trained expert!


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The Instrument Fundamentals Course 

  • 7 Core Modules
  • 30+ Video Lessons
  • PDF Lesson "Handouts"
  • Quizzes after each lesson.
  • Final Exam at the end of the course

Course Details:

  • Level: Beginner through Advanced (you should be able to play a few tunes on the pipes before attempting). 
  • Setting: Online/Virtual 
  • Course Length: 15-20 Hours Expected Completion Time: 1-3 Weeks

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Who Should Take This Course?

Sally the Solo Piper

Develop your knowledge and skills, learn what to practice and why you're practicing it. See results.

Band Player Bob

If you want to create great tone as part of your band, this will be your go-to reference, at any level.

Pipe Major Pam

If you need your band to sound better on the full instruments, give them the vocabulary and tools they need to do so.

"Cool" Bagpipe Teacher Tim

Make your students sound better by teaching them the 13 simple, objective, steps to a great bagpipe sound.

Martha the Mom/Spouse

It's always super handy when your mother and/or spouse helps you with your bagpipe sound. For real. It is!

Why Should You Take This Course?

If you're a soloist...  

...this course will set you apart from the pack.  

Unlike other pipers who amble and wander through the difficult subjective terrain of bagpipe tone and tuning, you'll have a clear path to mastery. One that's measurable, and easily (simply) improved upon on a day to day basis.

The bottom line: It'll make you a better piper.

This is the exact same method we've used in and around the Dojo to produce winning performances at the professional level all the way to the entry-level grade.  

And we've held nothing back in this course. This is the playbook.

So, if you want to:  

  • Enhance your enjoyment of piping
  • Move up the ranks of solo competing
  • Learn to develop your students faster, and better, with more enjoyment along the way...

...this course is for you.  

If you're in a band...

... do you ever struggle to create great tone and tuning in your band?

Or, if you do get decent tuning, do you struggle to "find the sweetness"? I.e., you're tuned well but it still doesn't sound amazing to you?

A band that embraces the Dojo fundamentals - i.e. a band where each individual is striving for great bagpipe maintenance, tonal quality, and tuning - literally can't NOT drastically improve their sound on a day to day basis. 

Think about it - if each individual has a deep (and ever-improving) knowledge of each facet of bagpipe sound, and experience making adjustments on-the-fly to the core tenants of each fundamental, the hard work of creating tonal unison is happening automatically, organically, within the group. 

As a side-note, this is the exact same system of poducing tone and tuning we've taught to several world-champion juvenille bands, and the one we used to bring the Oran Mor Pipe Band from the middle of the pack in Grade 2 to qualifying for the World Championship Final in Grade 1 in just a few short years.

So, if you're a rank-and-file member of a pipe corps, or if you instruct a pipe section - this course is must if you're serious about moving the needle in the right direction.

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About Your Instructor

Andrew Douglas

“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 being a great piper... So glad to have you aboard!"

— Andrew Douglas

A bit more about Andrew:

  • Founder, Creator, and CEO of the Piper's Dojo and Dojo University
  • 2017 World Champion with Inveraray and District Pipe Band
  • 2017 Winner of USA Silver Medal for Piobaireachd
  • 2008-2013 Pipe Major of Grade 1 Oran Mor Pipe Band
  • Multi-prize winner, Silver Medals at Oban and Inverness
  • Former Winner of B-Grade Strathspey/Reel at Oban (2004)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: "Is this course right for my ability level?"

A: Chances are, yes! 

If you can play a few tunes from start to finish on the pipes, 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 full pipes, wait on this course until you're comfortable playing a tune or two. But then, it's time to learn the correct fundamentals so you get off on the right track.

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!  

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Dojo University Is Different

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.