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The Dojo engages thousands of bagpipers around the globe, by harnessing the power of the internet to help connect those in the world who share a specific passion; enriching one's life through bagpipes.

Piper's Dojo Audio Experience Andrew Douglas and the Piper's Dojo Team

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

The Dojo engages thousands of bagpipers around the globe, by harnessing the power of the internet to help connect those in the world who share a specific passion; enriching one's life through bagpipes.

    328 - Metronomes And Simplified Settings - Don't Take My Word For It - 04.28.2022

    328 - Metronomes And Simplified Settings - Don't Take My Word For It - 04.28.2022

    Real bagpipers play with all the embellishments in. And they sure as heck never use metronomes, that's just ridiculous.

    Ok... but what about real MUSICIANS?

    • 10 min
    Free Workshop at Australia-friendly time! 11 Reasons Pipers Fail Redux

    Free Workshop at Australia-friendly time! 11 Reasons Pipers Fail Redux

    In case you weren't aware, I've been putting together some free workshops for anyone who'd like to attend over the long, cold winter here in New York.

    I ran the first of these in November last year and had huge interest – around 400 pipers from across the US and Canada (plus a few from the UK as well!) tuned in to learn more about the "11 Reasons Pipers Fail."

    Given how much great feedback we had about the content, I wanted to make it more accessible to pipers in other parts of the world. To that end, I've scheduled a second session, still entirely free, that I'll be hosting at:

    USA: Saturday, January 29 @ 7PM (New York / EST)
    New Zealand: Sunday, January 30 @ 1pm
    Australia: Sunday, January 30 @ 11am (Syd / Melb),10am (Bris), 8am (Perth)

    In the workshop, I'll take you through a number of core concepts that illustrate how most pipers are already on a collision course with bagpiping disappointment and failure.

    But, it's not all doom and gloom – understanding the 11 deadly pitfalls in attempting to master any skill will give you a clear road map to making the rest of 2022 the best piping year you've ever had.

    We'll set up key next actions for you to take to inject some rocket-fuel into your piping aspirations!

    To read more about the workshop and to sign up visit https://DojoUniversity.com/workshop

    • 3 min
    326 - Tube vs. Gauge Style Manometer - Will I Ever "Get" Rhythm (Weekly Strike-in) - 01.14.2022

    326 - Tube vs. Gauge Style Manometer - Will I Ever "Get" Rhythm (Weekly Strike-in) - 01.14.2022

    01:20 - Why is a tube-style manometer better than a gauge?
    24:25 - Will I ever "get" rhythm "down"?
    33:53 - Is Piobaireachd required to become a "real" piper? --> What IS a real piper?

    If you enjoyed this, you should try a Dojo University Premium Membership. Our premium membership features over 50 courses, 17+ live classes each week, social interaction channels, feedback on your playing, weekly challenges, and more! Try one month for just $1 by visiting DojoUniversity.com/testdrive today!

    • 42 min
    325 - How much "brain room" is needed to memorize tunes? (Weekly Strike-in) - 01.07.2022

    325 - How much "brain room" is needed to memorize tunes? (Weekly Strike-in) - 01.07.2022

    Amongst other Q&A today, we discuss the problem of memorization. Is it possible for a 71-year-old to memorize more than a few tunes?

    Is the bagpipe freedom process for beginners? How to transcribe the rhythm of a tune you heard on YouTube. Embellishment discussion.

    If you enjoyed this, you should try a Dojo University Premium Membership. Our premium membership features over 50 courses, 17+ live classes each week, social interaction channels, feedback on your playing, weekly challenges, and more! Try one month for just $1 by visiting DojoUniversity.com/testdrive today!

    • 51 min
    Free Online Workshop this Sunday Nov 14 - 11 Reasons Pipers Fail

    Free Online Workshop this Sunday Nov 14 - 11 Reasons Pipers Fail

    Register now at https://dojouniversity.com/workshop

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    As you may have heard, I am putting together some free workshops this winter for anyone who'd like to attend. The first one will be this November 14th, at 1pm New York Time, called "11 Reasons Pipers Fail."

    So, what's this workshop all about? Frankly, it's been a tough one to put into words.

    Have you ever achieved a goal, but still felt empty? Have you powered through to the finish line, just to realize (usually immediately) that you were wrong about where the real finish line actually was?

    Cramming for a big test in high school comes to mind. Usually, a good solid all-nighter would suffice to get me that "A" I needed to "keep my grades up." But it was an empty victory. Next week there was going to be another test, and because I "crammed" for the previous test, I never actually learned the material! So, from there I was stuck in a perpetual cramming cycle. Did I get my "A"? Yep. Was I happy during or after the process? Hell no.

    And by the way, I remember nothing from any of those classes looking back as an adult. I took nothing away from those experiences.

    I see the piping world (yes, basically the whole piping world!) stuck in a similar pattern. We set goals. Assuming we meet these goals (and, let's face it, most of us don't), we realize we aren't any happier (or musically satisfied) than we were beforehand... and what do we decide to do to fill the void? Set another goal!

    11 Reasons Pipers Fail is going to explore why happiness doesn't live on the other side of success and where we might actually look to find "happiness" (or fulfillment, or whatever it is you're looking for).

    Fascinatingly, NONE of the 11 Reasons Pipers Fail have anything to do with technique, talent, a great ear, a great teacher, etc. etc. It all has to do with mindset and it all has to do with behavior.

    During the workshop, we're going to evaluate our mindset and behavior and I guarantee you'll walk away with several huge insights into what's been missing so far in your musical journey, and you'll have a great sense of what you can do starting NOW to begin rocketing yourself forward towards bagpiping success... whatever that means for you.

    To read more about the workshop and to sign up, click here now.

    I hope to see you there!

    Andrew Douglas from the Piper's Dojo

    • 2 min
    324 - Is the Bagpipe Freedom Process for Beginners? (Weekly Strike-in) - 10.08.2021

    324 - Is the Bagpipe Freedom Process for Beginners? (Weekly Strike-in) - 10.08.2021

    Is the bagpipe freedom process for beginners? How to transcribe the rhythm of a tune you heard on YouTube. Embellishment discussion.

    If you enjoyed this, you should try a Dojo University Premium Membership. Our premium membership features over 50 courses, 17+ live classes each week, social interaction channels, feedback on your playing, weekly challenges, and more! Try one month for just $1 by visiting https://DojoUniversity.com/testdrive today!

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

SFBWMSHOP ,

Find Bagpipe Freedon and Not Excite Cats

This serious over aa few years have helped me get at least one grade level higher@ Take time to make them part of your practise the pipds and learn the rest of the story!

Wetootwaag ,

Quick awesome piping answers!

I have seen this in my suggested podcast in my player, and didn’t click play for months now...what a fool to wait so long! I love the format of a single answer thoughtfully answered! Loved hearing that my Zoom recorder (granted now old and dropped in Lake Superior once) is still a good go to for recording pipes. I was gutted after spending a couple hundred dollars in a studio and then listened to my zoomh2 practice sessions and realized it was as good or better sound than in the studio.
Anyway, well done!

swannerdogg ,

World champion knowledge

The podcast provides insights, tips, strategy and vision for bettering your piping ability from a no nonsense, world champion point of view. Andrew lays out systems that are far from the bagpiping instruction I was exposed to (voodoo and secrecy, folk lore and mystic secret weapons). If you learn his methods, building or rebuilding your knowledge and skill from the ground up (or the bag out) you’ll have an understanding only private lessons with the worlds greatest pipers, over years could provide.

TLDR: I’ve gotten more value out of this than any other piping instruction

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