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Submitting Files for Critique at Dojo U


Submitting your performances for critique is one of the most important aspects of Dojo U. It’s our primary means for you to get feedback on how you are playing.

First off, before you submit something, you’re going to need a means of recording. Frankly, modern smart-phones are all it takes to get started. Later, there are fancier ways to get great quality audio you can explore when you are ready.

If you want to dive in deep to the art of recording, check out this success plan.

Once you have a recorded performance, note that there are two primary means of submitting here on Dojo U.

Method 1: Primarily for Live Class Attendees

If you are looking to get critiqued on a live class, you’ll want to create an MP3 audio file and upload it to our Dropbox. Click here for how to do that.

Method 2: Get critiqued on our Facebook Group

If you can’t come to live classes, post a video to our Dojo U Engage Facebook group (Premium members only). In the comments, our expert bagpipe staff will offer you detailed critiques on your playing so you can mark your progress.

Click here to learn about the Facebook Group.

Let’s do this.

It’s not that hard (I repeat Not. That. Hard.) to develop a recording routine, and it’s time to dive in. You can’t reap the benefits of great feedback if you don’t get your foot out the door and start documenting your playing. So, let’s do this!

We’re looking forward to hearing you.


Andrew Douglas Andrew is a prolific practitioner of the bagpipe, having been active at the highest level of pipe bands, solo competition, teaching, and creative endeavors for the past 20 years. He's also the founder and creator of Dojo U and of PipersDojo.com


  1. Hi Andrew/Carl,
    Just to let you know, I have again missed out on my recording (Leaving Port Askaig, Parts 1/2) on your live critiques. I'm not concerned that you can't fit it in, just looking for the comments sheet so I can keep track and work on those items that need priority. Can you help out with this?
    Also, I posted a comment to you a month ago regarding converting M4a files to MP3. Please disregard as I was able to sort that out on my own and have been submitting regularly (although I never did receive any response).
    Lastly, I apologize for not making the live critiques but your program starts at 05:00 hours where I live in BC. I generally come on line by 06:00 hours to catch as much as I can. I really enjoy the critiques!!
    Anders Udsen

  2. Hi Andrew/Carl,
    I sent two submissions this week, one at 70 bpm and one at 80 bpm. I also sent early as I have to leave tomorrow morning to attend a funeral up in Terrace, BC (1100 kilometers away) so its my only chance to submit for this week. Thxs for your patience and feedback!! Little by little its making a difference and you have no idea how much I appreciate it!! Take Care.

    Anders Udsen
    Kamloops, BC
    Ph. (250) 319-7903 (C)

  3. Jan. 23, 2019.
    Hi Andrew/Carl,
    Sent in two recordings this week. Parts !7@ of Donald MacLeod dated Jan. 23, and parts 3&4 dated Jan. 30. The reason being is I'm away to Phoenix, Arizona with the wifey for a brief vacation. Be back on Jan. 31 and I wanted recordings in for both. I hope this isn't breaking any rules. If so, then just disregard the one for Jan. 30. But I'll be back "in" again the following week!! Thank you!!!
    Anders Udsen

  4. Good Morning,
    I sent in two recordings this morning for the tune of the week, Alick C MacGregor parts 3&4. One at 80 bpm and one at 90 bpm. I would sincerely appreciate any comment on which one you think is the better of the two. I actually liked the 90bpm better but I don't have as discerning an ear as any of you!!! For some reason, to me, playing a slightly quicker version seemed more comfortable. your thoughts will be appreciated!!!

  5. April 17, 2019,
    Sorry about today's submission. I'm competing this weekend at BC Indoor and haven't really had time to work/focus on Lucy Cassidy as much as I would have liked to. This is a great tune and I really want to play it well. Next week is a problem as well as I have to go to Cochrane, AB to assist my daughter and son-in-law with basement renos. Will still try and submit from there. Thxs for your patience!!!
    Anders Udsen

  6. Andrew/Carl,
    Sent in Lucy Cassidy 3&4 early as I'm off to Alberta for the week to help with family renovations. Wanted to get this in. Will be back next week. Thxs!!