Learn the Pipes!

band practiceOSPD welcomes serious students and provides piping lessons at no charge.  Sincere dedication is required and the student must be willing to commit to regular attendance at weekly group lessons, and to daily personal practice. Generally a student begins on the practice chanter and learns the basic notes of the bagpipe scale along with the traditional embellishments (grace notes and doublings) which are required to play the bagpipes properly. This will take 6 – 9 months of daily practice. After that time, the student progresses to the pipes and spends the next several months building up the stamina necessary to produce a steady, even tone. Finally, the proper technique for balancing drone and chanter sounds will be developed along with numerous other skills necessary for the competent piper.

**Currently, we are unable to provide drum lessons/instruction for beginner or intermediate students. However, we welcome to our drum corps experienced pipe band drummers who currently have a minimum high school level ability to play and read music.

For beginners, our chanter classes run in cycles, about 6-8 months at a time. If you are interested in learning the bagpipes, please contact our instructors to ask about when the next class cycle starts. Our instructors are Ella McDonald at ella.snydermcdonald@yahoo.com and Hart Greenwood at hartgreenwood@gmail.com.

OSPD practices and rehearsals are held several times a week at the Saint Matthews Church, 300 N. Air Depot Blvd., in Midwest City.

  1. Band Practice Chanter – Tuesdays 6:45pm-8:00pm
  2. Beginning Bagpipe Lessons – Thursdays 6pm-7pm
  3. Full Band Rehearsal – Thursdays 7pm-8:30pm

2 thoughts on “Learn the Pipes!

    • We recommend you buy a long polypenco practice chanter. They are available from many online bagpipe supply stores. A simple Google search will show many options. No need to get a super expensive one, nor a super cheap one. Go middle of the road and you’ll be fine. Also, we recommend the College of Piping Vol. 1 book …also know as the “green book”. This is the standard for beginner pipers. Our band gives free lessons to new pipers.
      Contact me at okscotspipesdrums@gmail.com and I will pass along that info.

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