Jump-Start (or "Re-Boot") Your Journey on Full Bagpipes ...a Dojo University "Core" Course

An in-depth course featuring a step-by-step process for learning bagpipe coordination and mechanics that's guaranteed to make you comfortable and confident.


When playing the bagpipes, every bagpiper (old and new) can feel


... utilizing Our Step By Step, Simple System for Developing Bagpipe Coordination and Mechanics:

What if you didn't have to struggle to extract good sounds out of a set of bagpipes? 

What if the process could be EASY?

Many aspiring bagpipers around the world will try to transition from practice chanter to bagpipes in the next year, and, especially those without top-level teachers working with them daily... they're going to fail and quit. It's sad. It's bad for the growth of piping world-wide.

In addition to this, many pipers are reading this right now on the brink of quitting because... let's face it... the journey of getting our fingerwork onto our full instrument has been a big failure so far. 

Here's just a SHORT list of challenges beginners constantly struggle with on the Great Highland Bagpipe:

  • Hemping
  • Oiling
  • Seasoning
  • Tuning
  • Marching
  • Starting the Pipes
  • Stopping the Pipes!
  • The Pipes are Too Hard to Blow
  • Have to blow steadily
  • My reed keeps "Choking Out"
  • I can't tune my chanter
  • I can't get my drones in tune.
  • My Drones keep double-toning
  • I keep ruining my reeds.
  • I have too much moisture in my pipes
  • Can't focus on playing tunes because the pipes are too hard to play

And this list could go on and on. If you're just getting started, you risk having this to look forward to. If you've been playing the pipes already for any length of time, I'm pretty sure you're struggling with quite a few of the items on this list.

And, the point I want to make to you today is - it doesn't have to be that way...

The Bagpipe is a Complex Instrument (i.e. there are a lot of moving parts...) 

BUT - they're NOT a complicated instrument! 

What's the difference between complex and complicated

Well - being complex means you have a lot of moving parts. And the bagpipe certainly does.

But complicated means there is a high level of difficulty. That something requires a high level of skill to operate. 

And, on this second issue - the bagpipe is DEFINITELY NOT a complicated instrument.

When you break the operation of the bagpipe down into its components, and sequence the learning process in the right way - feeling comfortable and confident with the instrument is just a matter of time. There's nothing hard about it. 

Just a few examples...

  • Can anyone cut hemp off of a bagpipe joint and replace it with new hemp? Yes.
  • Next - can anyone cork up a bag to check if it's airtight? Yes.
  • Next - can anyone cork off all chanters and drones, put the pipes on the shoulder, and then look in a mirror to observe the quality of their posture? Of course.
  • Next - can we simply open up one drone to begin to learn the skills of steady blowing pressure? Yes (although going straight to opening up the chanter here would be a huge mistake). 

This is just a tiny part of our process that we'll teach you in our new course. Can you see how it's all incremental, taking no giant leaps, so that confusion can never force it's way in?

The problem with the way most of us currently learn the pipes is that it's dis-organized and out of sequence! Most of us, if we haven't quit yet, are simply running around playing in bands and doing performances while - let's face it - utterly confused about how this thing should actually work!

Whether you are just about ready to transition to the pipes, or if you know you're failing at your attempts thus far - you cannot afford to miss this amazing learning opportunity. 

Our course is the only one in the entire world of bagpipes that helps a beginning piper transition to the pipes by taking small, incremental steps that are guaranteed to stave off confusion and frustration.

What You'll Learn In This Course

The Seven Frustration-Free Phases To Becoming a Comfortable, Confident Piper.

Frustration, confusion, and overwhelm are the feelings most pipers have as they try to conquer this beast that is the bagpipe. But it doesn't have to be this way. Finally, over many years of teaching, we've discovered a truly elegant, step-by-step process that gradually (and easily) works our way up to playing a fully functioning bagpipe. These steps are grouped into 7 key phases, and you'll learn them all in due time as you journey through this course.

How to Re-Assemble Your Pipes On Your Own, Angling You Towards Success

In the mad rush and excitement to learn the pipes, so many of us skip over simple bagpiping tasks that, not having mastered them early on, come back to bite us. We're going to set up (or re-setup) our instrument together in this course, making sure we have all of the "wee" skills needed to truly love the process of honing-then-playing this great instrument.

The Perfect Order to Learn Bagpipe Skills - Avoiding Killer Confusion

As it turns out, we (and the vast, vast majority of bagpipe learners world-wide) had the order of lessons totally mixed up when it came to learning to play the "big instrument." In this course, we show you the right way - and it'll blow your mind just how doable it will be for literally anyone.

Actionable Exercises For Each Step of the Process

After each lesson is taught, we'll spend time to carefully discuss how to best-implement what you've learned to generate efficient improvement. The exercises we'll show you are extremely simple, but they will leverage amazing progress in an amazingly short period of time.

The course interface makes it easy for you to consume the content and track your progress. Enroll Today >>

You'll learn how becoming confident and comfortable with your pipes can be achieved by sequentialy working your way through the 7 phases of the transitioning process - this beats confusion and frustration any day of the week. Enroll Today >>

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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

 "The recently updated Transition to the Bagpipes Course by Dojo University is, simply put, truly exceptional. It introduces the student to this complex instrument with a rational and logical method, unlike anything we have used in the past."

Dr. John Holcombe, Indiana

Transitioning to the Bagpipes (Version 2) Course Details

In this 16-hour course you'll learn everything you need to know to master the simple, un-complicated fundamentals that create comfortable, confident bagpipers.

Module 1: Assembling Your New Set of Bagpipes 

  • Unboxing Your Bagpipes
  • Is your bag already tied on?
  • Assembly Phase 1: Self-Hemping Your Instrument
  • Assembly Phase 2: To Oil Or Not to Oil?
  • Assembly Phase 3: Basic Bag Air-tightness
  • Assembly Phase 4: Tying On New Drone Cords
  • Assembly Phase 5: Putting Your Bag Cover On
  • Assembly Phase 6: Moisture Control Components
  • Assembly Phase 7: Every-day Piping Actions
  • Part 1 Retention Quiz

Module 2: Would You Wear Your Bagpipe in Outer Space? 

  • Introduction to Bagpipe Maintenance
  • What Does Bagpipe Maintenance REALLY Mean?
  • Bagpipe Maintenance Question 1: Is My Bag Airtight?
  • Bagpipe Maintenance Question 2: Are My Joints Airtight?
  • Bagpipe Maintenance Question 3: Are My Reed Seats Airtight?
  • Part 2 Conclusion: We’re now ready to launch!
  • Part 2 Retention Quiz

Module 3: Developing Great Posture.  

  • Theory: The Principle Behind Great Posture
  • Practical: Working On Our Posture BEFORE We Try to Play
  • Part 3 Retention Quiz

Module 4: Opening up a Drone: Physical Blowing Mechanics.

  • Theory: A perfect, continuous pressure.
  • Anatomy of a Drone Reed
  • Opening up 1 Drone, and the 4 “Sound Layers” of a Drone Reed
  • Life with Reeds Going
  • Introduction to “Drone Reed Calibration”
  • Opening and Closing a Drone Reed
  • Very Basic Calibration of 1 Reed
  • Introduction to the Manometer
  • Bonus - Mega Accurate Calibration
  • Part 4 Retention Quiz

Module 5: Adding More Drones 

  • Introduction
  • Opening Up the Bass Drone
  • Calibrating a 2nd drone to the first drone
  • Introduction to Tuning (Throw Away Your Digital Tuner!)
  • Tuning Two Drones to Each Other
  • Recommended: Be a 2-Droner for a While...
  • Part 5 Retention Quiz

Module 6: Marching, Striking In, and Cutting Off. 

  • Introduction: Key bagpipe “real world” challenges
  • Introduction to marching
  • Marching with the bagpipes
  • Bagpipe Basic Strike-in technique and mechanics
  • Bagpipe Marching Strike-ins
  • Bagpipe “Cut-off” technique and mechanics.
  • Cutting-off your pipes “in time.”
  • Bagpipe Skills Final Challenge
  • Part 6 Retention Quiz

Module 7A: Integrating the Chanter (No drones) 

  • Introduction
  • What’s the right strength?
  • “Balancing the Reed”
  • Urgent! Taking the reed in and out of the Chanter Stock.
  • Playing Your Bagpipe Chanter and Re-visiting Posture
  • Re-visiting physical blowing mechanics
  • Introducing the Sweet-Spot!
  • Practice: Playing Tunes on the pipes, at the sweet spot.
  • Discovery: Mental Blowing Anomalies
  • Revisiting the Strike-in
  • Part 7A Retention Quiz

Module 7B: Chanter with 1 Drone.  

  • Calibration of One Drone to the Chanter
  • Tuning One Drone to the Chanter (and the "Blow Trick")
  • Tuning as a continuous process...
  • Reviewing Essential Skills
  • Revisiting the Cut-off.
  • Excercise: Strike-in, march, and cut-off with several tunes.
  • Part 7B Retention Quiz

Module 7C: Chanter with multiple drones. 

  • Reviewing calibration of one drone to other drones
  • Tuning Other Drones to our First Drone
  • Reviewing Essential Skills...
  • Excercise: Strike-in, march, and cut-off with several tunes, with multiple drones going.
  • Part 7C Retention Quiz

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

  • The Transitioning to the Bagpipes (v2) Course
  • 7 Core Modules
  • 50+ Video Lessons
  • Detailed Reference Text to Accompany Each Video
  • Quizzes concluding each module.

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: $99 Level: Beginner through Advanced (no matter how long you've been playing you'll benefit from a complete bagpipe re-boot!). Setting: Online/Virtual Course Length: 15-20 Hours Expected Completion Time: 1-3 Months (Dependig on how hard you work!)

How It Works


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


The course take 1-3 months 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 quiz means you've passed and you're now a competant, confortable, and confident piper!


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The Transitioning to the Bagpipes Course 

  • 7 Core Modules
  • 30+ Video Lessons
  • Detailed Reference Text to Accompany Each Lesson
  • Quizzes after each module.

Course Details:

  • Tuition: $99
  • Level: Beginner through Advanced (no matter how long you've been playing you'll benefit from a complete bagpipe re-boot!).
  • Setting: Online/Virtual
  • Course Length: 15-20 Hours
  • Expected Completion Time: 1-3 Months (Dependig on how hard you work!)

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Who Should Take This Course?

Sally the Newbie

Just graduating from the practice chanter? Transition to the Pipes the best way possible - skip the horrifying struggle step.

Band Player Bob

If you know you need to figure out how to resolve your bagpipe struggles, do a full "re-boot" beginning today!

Pipe Major Pam

If you need your band to grow in size and in aptitude, knowing this process inside and out is a must!

"Cool" Bagpipe Teacher Tim

Retain more of your students and watch them thrive by teaching bagpipes in the correct sequential, simple, sequence.

Martha the Mom/Spouse

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

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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 & 2019 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)
  • Accredited Bagpipe Teacher and Examiner with the Scottish Qualifications Authority

Frequently Asked Questions

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

A: Chances are, yes! 

Whether you are brand new to the pipes, or you have been playing for a while but need a fresh look at the process of becoming confident and comfortable on the instrument - this course is ideal for you.

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.