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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
    • 4.9 • 18 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.

    323 - Team Dojo? Gannaway Seasoning. Bagpipe Freedom - 07.09.2021

    323 - Team Dojo? Gannaway Seasoning. Bagpipe Freedom - 07.09.2021

    It's been a while since we behaved ourselves long enough to release a Friday Strike-in as a podcast! Enjoy some piping chatter.

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    • 59 min
    New Book! "Finding Bagpipe Freedom" - Order it Today

    New Book! "Finding Bagpipe Freedom" - Order it Today

    The book is now OUT of pre-order and ready for regular purchase. Order at http://BagpipeFreedom.com

    The book is focused on fully exploring what you might recognize is the "Dojo U method," detailing our approach from the ground up. But, it's not a text book or an exercise book. It's a "big picture" exploration about how to learn, and how to apply these basic learning concepts to one of the world's most difficult instruments.

    I wanted to ensure that the book wasn't just educational, but that it also flowed well, and was entertaining. This is a book you should be able to sit down with after a long day of work and actually enjoy reading. At least, we think so.

    The book INCLUDES an audio version for those who prefer that. Other exciting extras also await in your "book extras" portal.

    I would be honored if you purchased a copy of the book. Head to http://BagpipeFreedom.com today to pre-order your copy.

    All the best!

    • 29 min
    321 - Long Form Chat with Dr. Matthew Welch - 05.10.2021

    321 - Long Form Chat with Dr. Matthew Welch - 05.10.2021

    Matthew Welch studied traditional Highland Bagpipe music with Gold Medalist masters such as James McIntosh M.B.E., Colin MacLellan, Mike Cusack, Jack Lee, Pipe Major Angus MacLellan, Andrew Wright and celebrated, repeat World-Champion Pipe Majors Terry Lee and Iain McLellan B.E.M. Mr. Welch was a member of one of the most internationally acclaimed bagpipe bands of the last two decades: the six-time World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, and played with the band for their World Pipe Band Championship wins of 1999 and 2001 in Glasgow. As Musical Director for the New York Metro Pipe Band, his unique way of teaching pipe music, musical ensemble cohesion and cultivating a bright, rich pipe corps sound helped steer NY Metro to their 2011 and 2012, 2014 wins at the World Pipe Band Championships, the North American Pipe Band Championships and the American Pipe Band Championships respectively. He is also in demand as a private bagpipe instructor.

    Beyond the traditional repertoire, Welch has pioneered new techniques and materials in his own works that include the bagpipe and has premiered a number of new compositions written for bagpipes by living composers such as Julia Wolfe, Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, Paula Matthusen, Zeena Parkins, David Watson, Michael O’Neill and Lainie Fefferman. As a classically trained composer, he holds degrees in Music Composition from Simon Fraser University (BFA), Wesleyan University (MA), and Yale University (DMA), writing his dissertation in the form of a treatise on the structures of musical composition for the Highland Bagpipe. He has been giving world class recitals of traditional, contemporary and original works for over 20 years.

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    • 54 min
    320 - Long Form Chat with Robert Mathieson - 05.06.2021

    320 - Long Form Chat with Robert Mathieson - 05.06.2021

    Robert won the worlds 5 times as Pipe Major of the Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band.

    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!

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    319 - Long Form Chat with Ross Miller - 04.30.2021

    319 - Long Form Chat with Ross Miller - 04.30.2021

    Ross hails from Linlithgow, West Lothian where he is the official Town Piper. He studied Bagpipes, Scots Song and Whistles at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In July 2017 he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Traditional Music - Piping. Ross was a finalist in the 2019 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition.

    A World Champion piper, Ross began piping aged 7 and was the Pipe Major of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. He competed with the world famous Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band for many years. He is now a member the Grade 1 Inveraray and District Pipe Band. Also a successful solo piper, he competes regularly around the Highland Games in Scotland and further afield.

    Ross has performed in many countries such as: New Zealand, Australia, USA, Ghana, Russia and all over central Europe as well as appearing on BBC Hogmanay Live and performing solo on the roof of Murrayfield Stadium.

    A Grade 8 Trombonist, Ross has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Usher Hall. A keen theatre performer he has appeared in many amateur musical productions throughout Scotland. Ross was the recipient of the Young Scot of the Year award for heritage at the age of 12 (in 2007).

    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!

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    318 - Long Form Chat with Greig Canning - 04.28.2021

    318 - Long Form Chat with Greig Canning - 04.28.2021

    Greig Canning is a piper with the two-time grade 1 World Champions, Inveraray and District Pipe Band.

    He is a regular prize winner and ‘A grade’ competitor on the highland games circuit, regularly competing at the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting.

    Greig is a full-time bagpipe instructor for West Lothian Council, and the pipe major and instructor of the West Lothian Schools Pipe Band.

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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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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