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!
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 te 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 ou 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...
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 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 eachother to get you to the finish line.
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.
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.
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!
Module 1: The Bagpipe "Tree of Sound"
Module 2: Bagpipe Maintenance
Module 3: Tonal Quality
Module 4: Tuning
Module 5: Developing a Routine
Module 6: Advanced Chanter Reed Concepts
Module 7: Bagpipe Sound in Pipe Bands
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: 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
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!
INSTRUMENT FUNDAMENTALS COURSE (WITH QUIZZES AND FINAL EXAM)
The Instrument Fundamentals 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!
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:
...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.
“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:
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!
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.