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Daytime Lesson Options

Full Package - Tuition only
Three days tuition, a place in our 6 weekend workshops
as well as entry to all the social evening events
including the new Invitational Contest.
£460
Workshops only
Pick the workshops you want to attend.
£0

» TICKETS FOR THE PIPING COMPETITION ARE AVAILABLE HERE.

Saturday Workshop 1 (09:00)

Willie McCallum – Intermediate Piobaireachd
The purpose of this class is to take the attendees through one or two intermediate tunes. The session will involve direction of the main elements that playing these tunes would require in terms of tempo, rhythm and phrasing.
Stuart Samson – Competition 2/4 March Playing
This class is a must if you want to improve your competition march playing. Stuart will explain and practically demonstrate the major points and nuances of phrasing and expression. Tune selection and tempo are also key when presenting a competition 2/4 march.
John Mulhearn – Tuning
This will be a hands on workshop on tuning so bring pipes along. Discussion will take place on how tuning becomes easier when we know what’s happening to the pipe and how to “dial in that sound” once the instrument is blown in after a few minutes.
Matt MacIsaac – Rhythmical Reels
The magic of the offbeat, the purpose of reels and arranging them into sets that get the feet tapping will all be covered here. We’ll also look at different styles of reels and dissect some well known tunes.
None

Saturday Workshop 2 (10:30)

Willie McCallum – 6/8 Marches
This highly popular form of our music sometimes suffers from poor treatment and a sense of playing fast and uncontrolled is often evident. The innate energy and musicality can sometimes be lost and this session is intended to work through several marches to develop a different approach.
Stuart Samson – Strathspeys and Reels
For a lot of pipers understanding the Strathspey idiom can be difficult. In this workshop Stuart will discuss the important features of Strathspeys and will explain how to play them in an appropriate rhythmical style and tempo. This class will take a look at several tunes along the way and time permitting discuss examples relevant to student’s own repertoire. This class will also focus on how to perform competition style reels with confidence. Using several tunes as exemplars, this workshop will analyse the main constituent parts of the tune – rhythm, phrasing, technique, tempo and musical style. This class should give those attending a road map to performing competition strathspeys and reels to a good standard.
John Mulhearn – Canntaireachd
Long before pipe music was ever written on a score the tradition was passed on aurally, with teachers often using a form of singing known as canntaireachd (lit. chanting). In this workshop John explains some of the history of canntaireachd, before leading onto a practical, group singing session in which the effectiveness of it as a teaching aid and expressive tool will become clear.
Matt MacIsaac – Practice & Exercises
Arguably the most frightening word in piping and other aspects of life, exercises can indeed be musical, useful, helpful and enjoyable. We’ll take some boring old scale exercises and make them interesting, and look at creating your own exercises based on your strengths and weaknesses. We’ll also examine approaches to practising effectively, making the most of your time, and keeping yourself interested. This is definitely a class for all levels!
None

Saturday Workshop 3 (13:30)

Willie McCallum – Intermediate Piobaireachd
The purpose of this class is to take the attendees through one or two intermediate tunes. The session will involve direction of the main elements that playing these tunes would require in terms of tempo, rhythm and phrasing.
Stuart Samson – Competition 2/4 March Playing
This class is a must if you want to improve your competition march playing. Stuart will explain and practically demonstrate the major points and nuances of phrasing and expression. Tune selection and tempo are also key when presenting a competition 2/4 march.
John Mulhearn – Tuning
This will be a hands on workshop on tuning so bring pipes along. Discussion will take place on how tuning becomes easier when we know what’s happening to the pipe and how to “dial in that sound” once the instrument is blown in after a few minutes.
Matt MacIsaac – Rhythmical Reels
The magic of the offbeat, the purpose of reels and arranging them into sets that get the feet tapping will all be covered here. We’ll also look at different styles of reels and dissect some well known tunes.
None

Saturday Workshop 4 (15:00)

Willie McCallum – 6/8 Marches
This highly popular form of our music sometimes suffers from poor treatment and a sense of playing fast and uncontrolled is often evident. The innate energy and musicality can sometimes be lost and this session is intended to work through several marches to develop a different approach.
Stuart Samson – Strathspeys and Reels
For a lot of pipers understanding the Strathspey idiom can be difficult. In this workshop Stuart will discuss the important features of Strathspeys and will explain how to play them in an appropriate rhythmical style and tempo. This class will take a look at several tunes along the way and time permitting discuss examples relevant to student’s own repertoire. This class will also focus on how to perform competition style reels with confidence. Using several tunes as exemplars, this workshop will analyse the main constituent parts of the tune – rhythm, phrasing, technique, tempo and musical style. This class should give those attending a road map to performing competition strathspeys and reels to a good standard.
John Mulhearn – Canntaireachd
Long before pipe music was ever written on a score the tradition was passed on aurally, with teachers often using a form of singing known as canntaireachd (lit. chanting). In this workshop John explains some of the history of canntaireachd, before leading onto a practical, group singing session in which the effectiveness of it as a teaching aid and expressive tool will become clear.
Matt MacIsaac – Practice & Exercises
Arguably the most frightening word in piping and other aspects of life, exercises can indeed be musical, useful, helpful and enjoyable. We’ll take some boring old scale exercises and make them interesting, and look at creating your own exercises based on your strengths and weaknesses. We’ll also examine approaches to practising effectively, making the most of your time, and keeping yourself interested. This is definitely a class for all levels!
None

Sunday Workshop 1 (09:00)

Andrew Donlon – The Solo Bagpipe Sound
What makes a good solo bagpipe setup sound different than a band instrument sound? We'll talk not just about equipment (chanter, bag, reeds, moisture control) but about placement, setup and manipulation of reeds. We'll look at blowing, tuning, and stabilizing the instrument all while under pressure. Bring your instrument along and we'll work to refine your sound!
Nick Hudson – Piobaireachd Through the Years
Do we actually play piobaireachd "as MacCrimmon played it"? Does it really matter if we do? We will look at the history and origins of piobaireachd and follow its evolution to the present day. We'll play from some very interesting early source texts along the way as well as talk about concepts of piobaireachd expression which apply to the tunes which you already play.
Dan Lyden – Beginner's Piobaireachd
We will go over the basics of Piobaireachd (what is it? why play it?) as well as the basic movements and how to play them. We will also work our way through the Ground of a simple tune.
Ben McLamrock – How to Compete Effectively
Do you want to compete, but find that you are having trouble putting out good performances in front of judges and spectators? This class will discuss steps you can take to significantly improve your performances on the boards, including how to practice, how to think, and how to prepare your bagpipe effectively.
Derek Midgley – Reducing the Variables of the Bagpipes: Stability and Consistency in the Modern Technological Age
This workshop is intended to be a catch all for bagpipe tonal/sound issues, reed issues, technique issues, and competition issues.
None

Sunday Workshop 2 (11:00)

Andrew Donlon – The Solo Bagpipe Sound
What makes a good solo bagpipe setup sound different than a band instrument sound? We'll talk not just about equipment (chanter, bag, reeds, moisture control) but about placement, setup and manipulation of reeds. We'll look at blowing, tuning, and stabilizing the instrument all while under pressure. Bring your instrument along and we'll work to refine your sound!
Nick Hudson – Piobaireachd Through the Years
Do we actually play piobaireachd "as MacCrimmon played it"? Does it really matter if we do? We will look at the history and origins of piobaireachd and follow its evolution to the present day. We'll play from some very interesting early source texts along the way as well as talk about concepts of piobaireachd expression which apply to the tunes which you already play.
Dan Lyden – Beginner's Piobaireachd
We will go over the basics of Piobaireachd (what is it? why play it?) as well as the basic movements and how to play them. We will also work our way through the Ground of a simple tune.
Ben McLamrock – How to Compete Effectively
Do you want to compete, but find that you are having trouble putting out good performances in front of judges and spectators? This class will discuss steps you can take to significantly improve your performances on the boards, including how to practice, how to think, and how to prepare your bagpipe effectively.
Derek Midgley – Reducing the Variables of the Bagpipes: Stability and Consistency in the Modern Technological Age
This workshop is intended to be a catch all for bagpipe tonal/sound issues, reed issues, technique issues, and competition issues.
None

Accommodation

Please note that students have to organize their own accommodation as explained here.

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Please note a link to the PDF book will be supplied to students in advance of the school in order that there is an option to print your own copy free of charge. We will only supply a printed copy to students who have pre-ordered.

Music Book - £20 (around £30 at time of publication)

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