Small Pipes - Spring '24

David Wilson

Class Level –

Class Tutor –

Class Location –

Macrobert building, Aberdeen University

Class Price –

£ 95

Start Date - Wednesday,  

January 17, 2024

End Date - Wednesday,  

March 20, 2024

Term Length –

9 weeks

Session Times –

19:00 -

Small Pipes 2/3

Wednesday 7pm-9pm

Spring '24

Join the fantastic David Wilson for this intermediate/ advanced small pipes class. Suitable for those who can play and want to improve technique and tune repertoire.

Learning classical guitar from an early age, David soon became interested in traditional instruments and music, particularly bagpipes. Drawn to the spine tingling sound of a pipe band, and having access to his father's bagpipes and practice chanter, he has studied pipes for over twenty years. As well as just for the sheer pleasure this has included playing with a local grade 4 pipe band, for many years with the SC&T small pipes class and, more recently, playing for the SC&T step dance class.
No matter how well you play, making music should be fun. David is enthusiastic about passing on his knowledge, encouraging improved technique where needed, bringing new tunes and styles to class but always looking to make the class enjoyable for all the participants.

The class will learn tunes and technique different to the pipe band teaching environment and repertoire; more traditional and aural. The emphasis is on playing tunes with strong rhythm, with less focus on technique except what is necessary to make the tune work. This means different ways of playing the same tune is encouraged, variations and harmony welcomed, standardisation absolutely not the aim. While complete beginners can join in, the class is more suited to those with at least some piping competence or ability on other instruments. Tunes are taught by ear with participants encouraged to sing, and dots usually provided after class for reference. The smallpipes used are concert pitch A (440 Hz) either mouth or bellows blown. A practice chanter pitched at A can also be used. Please make sure you have access to an instrument in A, not B flat or C or D!

Class usually learn tunes with a variety of time signatures - strathspeys, reels, marches, jigs, retreat/airs modern and old will feature.

SC&T are using our online platform Thinkific to support all our classes this term. Thinkific is an online platform where participants can sign up for the weekly classes and will find all supporting lesson material, recordings and music.

Price for the term is: £94.50 - this can be paid in one lump sum when you sign up, or in 3 monthly instalments - you can choose your preference when you sign up.

Levels Explained

What does level 1 2 3 mean?

These relate to the ability and level the class is aimed at:

0 = Complete beginner – no experience of your instrument.

1 = Beginner – Have only been playing for a short time.  

2 = Intermediate – Have been playing for a while and can play some tunes

3 = Advanced – Can play and learn tunes competently 

0/1, 1/2, 2/3 etc = Both levels are accommodated

No level indicated = This course is open to all levels but some experience is recommended.