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Dojo Fundamentals

Think about your technique objectively, so you can produce the ultimate musicality.

Here at the Dojo, we want to help pipers make the music a true extension of their Selves. In an effort to realistically help you achieve these goals, we have put tons of time, energy and brainpower into formulating an objective group of bagpipe fundamentals.

Let's start at the top. The first thing to consider is that there are two primary (and relatively separate) fundamental skill-sets that are always simultaneously occuring when you play bagpipes: Good fingerwork, and a good instrument quality.


The "Fingerwork" skill-set encompasses, as you can imagine, everything that involves your fingerwork! Logically, a piper should begin with Scale Navigation, Basic Rhythm, Gracenotes, and Embellishments. From there, we explore issues of expression and phrasing. At the Dojo, we help you build a foundation of good fingerwork skills, and the accompanying thought-process that allows your fingerwork to thrive musically.

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Instrument Quality

Separate from fingerwork, a piper needs to constantly be focused on producing an excellent Instrument Quality. At the Dojo, we have a "Bagpipe Tree of Sound" model that will show you how to "build" a sound each time you play your pipes, in order to achieve the ultimate quality of sound. You'll start with good bagpipe maintenance habits. Once you have a well setup instrument, you can then work to get a great tonal quality. Once the quality of your sound is harmonic and rich, only then should you work to fine-tune your bagpipe.

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