Small Pipes

david wilson

Pipes with David Wilson, Tuesday, 7pm - 8:15pm 

Zoom - 1hr +15min tea break 

You will need a set of smallpipes pitched in A (440 Hz), either mouth or bellows blown. A practice chanter (pitched in A) is fine too but be aware most class time will be spent on the full instrument.
We will be learning to play a mix of different time signatures; jigs, reels, strathspeys and marches but the tunes (mostly) are not familiar to those from the pipe band background. I try to choose tunes that have strong rhythm and usually some elements of technique that are necessary to make the tune sound right – strikes or triplings or birls for example. Note, I try to keep the finger technique to a minimum and only what is necessary. I will show you different ways a phrase or tune could be played too so there is room for variety and variation. 

One key feature is that every tune is taught by ear first. I will play some or all of the tune over and over at different speeds and encourage you to sing it. No-one can hear you singing on mute! Then we will play it together, slowly and phrase by phrase. I provide dots for the tunes as well but sometimes with no embellishments and only after you have learned it by ear. Speed is never the objective, rhythmic playing is. 

Technique will include reviews of bellows action and tuning, maybe some maintenance issues as well.

SC&T are using Zoom and an online platform called Thinkific to host the online classes this term. Thinkific is an online platform where participants can find all supporting lesson material, lesson recordings and music in one place and sign up for the weekly classes. You will find the Zoom link in the course material for your class.

Price for the term is: £84 - this can be paid in one lump sum when you sign up, or in 3 monthly instalments of £28 - you can choose your preference when you sign up.

Sign up HERE

NOTE: This Sign Up link will require you to a create NEW THINKIFIC ACCOUNT for each day you want to attend. This is different from any existing SC&T Account you may already have. If you want to do a class on Monday and another on Tuesday this will require TWO separate signups since the Monday Thinkific site is separate and does not link to the Tuesday site. You can use the same email address for each account if you wish. Please don't use the "I already have an account" link.

Any questions or queries contact David Wilson, contact 07809 434111 by text or WhatsApp or email