New Teaching Programme Launched on PP Academy/ Fochabers Results

A new video-based teaching programme ‘Learn the Bagpipe’ is launched today on our PP Academy pages. Fourteen high-definition videos take the complete beginner through the basics of learning the instrument.

The PP Academy Learn the Bagpipe Channel
The PP Academy Learn the Bagpipe Channel

The programme is based on the piping pages of the RSPBA’s free ‘Structured Learning – Elementary’ book (download it here). A companion PP Academy Bagpipe Tutor Exercise Book can be downloaded via the ppresshop. It comes complete with embedded audio files with built – in metronome timings. Not solely aimed at beginners, this book contains a series of exercises which will maintain finger dexterity and accuracy of more experienced players too.

 imagesThe ‘Learn the Bagpipe’ programme is also available via the iTunes University app where it is free to PP Academy Students (New England Piping Academy and South Florida Pipe & Drum Academy for example) and to others by application to pipingpress@gmail.com. Students need to download the iTunes U app as a first step.

The programme has been devised by Robert Wallace. He said: ‘I hope this video-based learning system will appeal to all those who want to learn the pipes but don’t know where to start. By harnessing the technology at our disposal we can offer more people the opportunity of learning the pipes, no matter where they are in the world. I would recommend the iTunes U programme as it allows for the monitoring of progress and discussion of any difficulties, with a certificate of completion at the satisfactory conclusion of the course.’


image001Edward Gaul and Colin Campbell (pictured top)  were the main winners at a cold Game Fair and Highland Games held at Gordon Castle, Fochabers, yesterday. Get the full list of winners here.