Piping has strong roots in traditional Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton and is closely connected to the rhythms of the language. The repertoire of tunes is lively, and at times, challenging. The fundamentals and rudimentary techniques taught are exactly the same as those taught for competitive enthusiasts.
Learn to play the scale and basic grace notes with a focus on good finger posture and aiming for consistency. Learn one or more basic tunes. Prerequisites: No prior experience necessary.
Improve basic technical fundamentals while learning simple tunes. Learn early blowing and posture fundamentals. Prerequisites: Have learned fundamentals (doublings, triplets, grips, burls, etc.). Basic music-reading skill and ready to begin or already beginning on pipes.
Improve your technical consistency and discover how to bring more musicality to your playing by learning a range of tunes suited to your needs. Gain a better, hands-on understanding of bagpipe maintenance. Prerequisites: On pipes for 1 or 2 years. One should be able to play several tunes by memory and also read pipe music.
Expand your tune repertoire and work on technique, according to your individual wants/needs and with a focus on the Gaelic/dance piping style. Develop your understanding of how this style relates intrinsically to Gaelic song and dance. Prerequisites: On pipes for 3 or more years. Play by memory. Strong ability to read music. Ability to play all tune forms (ie. jigs, strathspeys, marches, reels, airs).