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Peter W.
Alexandria, Virginia
Master the Basics of Bagpipes with Top Lessons from a Scottish Master
My initial instruction follows the John Sprague school method, which focuses on precise articulation of ornamentation, leading into pipe band music. Once a grounding in pipe band technique has been achieved, I can continue to work with students along the pipe band path through the intermediate level, or branch off into folk/kitchen piping, informed my extensive experience as a fiddler. I am also willing to teach small pipe and border pipe students.
About Peter W.

I am a traditional Scottish musician specializing in 18th century music. I have studied Highland bag piping since 2001 and Scottish Fiddling since 2002 (with a background in classical violin). I teach both Scottish Fiddle and Highland Bagpipes, as well as Scottish Small pipes and Border pipes. I have supplemented these areas of knowledge by studying Gaelic since 2007 and Clàrsach (wire-strung harp) since 2012. I have performed with the Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club and the City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums since 2004, for weddings and Scottish Country Dances since 2006, and founded the Scottish Folk-Acoustic band The Devil's Tailors in 2008, and lead the only DC-area open Scottish jam session. I also participate in a living history unit reenacting the 1745 rebellion in the Highlands, leading me to study the music's historical context. My approach to Scottish traditional music is holistic; I feel it's important to experience how song feeds into instrumental music, and how the instrumental traditions interact with one another, and impart that broader view to my students. My focus is mostly on the folk traditions, though for bagpipe students, I teach the current and formal pipe band technique and repertoire as a foundation. I have twice qualified for the US National Scottish Fiddling Championship, and was 4th place overall in Grade 4 Senior out of almost 850 pipers in 2006, and have been taking an extended hiatus from competition.

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Peter W.
Alexandria, Virginia
Master the Basics of Bagpipes with Top Lessons from a Scottish Master
My initial instruction follows the John Sprague school method, which focuses on precise articulation of ornamentation, leading into pipe band music. Once a grounding in pipe band technique has been achieved, I can continue to work with students along the pipe band path through the intermediate level, or branch off into folk/kitchen piping, informed my extensive experience as a fiddler. I am also willing to teach small pipe and border pipe students.
About Peter W.

I am a traditional Scottish musician specializing in 18th century music. I have studied Highland bag piping since 2001 and Scottish Fiddling since 2002 (with a background in classical violin). I teach both Scottish Fiddle and Highland Bagpipes, as well as Scottish Small pipes and Border pipes. I have supplemented these areas of knowledge by studying Gaelic since 2007 and Clàrsach (wire-strung harp) since 2012. I have performed with the Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club and the City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums since 2004, for weddings and Scottish Country Dances since 2006, and founded the Scottish Folk-Acoustic band The Devil's Tailors in 2008, and lead the only DC-area open Scottish jam session. I also participate in a living history unit reenacting the 1745 rebellion in the Highlands, leading me to study the music's historical context. My approach to Scottish traditional music is holistic; I feel it's important to experience how song feeds into instrumental music, and how the instrumental traditions interact with one another, and impart that broader view to my students. My focus is mostly on the folk traditions, though for bagpipe students, I teach the current and formal pipe band technique and repertoire as a foundation. I have twice qualified for the US National Scottish Fiddling Championship, and was 4th place overall in Grade 4 Senior out of almost 850 pipers in 2006, and have been taking an extended hiatus from competition.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since {{year}}

Teaching since 2006

Education

Ph.D. & M.A. Space Physics & Astronomy; B.A. Physics

Teaches ages {{minAge}}+

Teaches ages 12+

Speaks {{languages}}

Speaks English, Scottish Gaelic

Speaks {{languages}}

Has background check

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Excellent instructor that makes learning fun. Highly recommend!

Posted Dec 1, 2021
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It was an excellent lesson and I am feeling more confident with the chanter.

Posted Aug 10, 2021
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I started taking lessons with Peter in person before the pandemic in his studio. He is very helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. When I initially told him that I was looking to learn to play the medieval bagpipes, he was very upfront in saying that he did not have any experience with medieval bagpipes, but he was willing to try if I was. After the pandemic began we started with remote lessons and I find them just as useful- if more convenient. I highly recommend Peter as an instructor.

Posted Jun 29, 2021
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Manager, piper & lead fiddler
Apr 2007 - Present
The Devil's Tailors
Traditional Scottish Celtic band performing in the Washington, D.C. area.
Ph.D. & M.A. Space Physics & Astronomy; B.A. Physics
Sep 1988 - Jan 1999
Rice University
English
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Scottish Gaelic
Limited Proficiency

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Bagpipes
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
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Elk Park ct
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$50
45 minutes
$60
60 minutes
$75
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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