Matt teaching

If you have ever wanted to learn how to play the bagpipes, then there is no better time to get started than today. Students as young as 10 years old can begin learning the pipes, and Matt has successfully taught folks into their early 80s.

Since 2001 Matt has had great success training pipers from around the world. Lessons are given through Skype, Facebook Messenger, or Apple’s FaceTime and materials are provided via online downloadable PDFs. Matt has successfully taught many dozens of pipers through his online lessons and his happy to walk you through the process of setting up everything video instruction. If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Matt does offer in-person lessons on a limited basis.

To begin learning the pipes you do not need a set of bagpipes. All you will need is a practice chanter, a recorder-like instrument. The practice chanter is used to learn the embellishments and fingering of the pipes before graduating to a full set of pipes. Even advanced pipers use practice chanters to learn new tunes and practice old ones. If you do not own a chanter, Matt would be happy to recommend where to purchase one.

Matt has created his own piping curriculum and is also posting regular instructional videos on his YouTube channel. Matt’s method will quickly get you off the practice chanter and onto the full pipes, while you are learning real pipe tunes that all pipers should know.

For more details on bagpipe lessons, please text Matt at 972-657-0318 (please text before calling, as the amount of robocalls has made answering the phone more difficult) or send Matt an email.

Click here for a calendar of Matt Willis’ availability. Note, this is not an interactive calendar, it simply shows when students’ lesson are scheduled and Matt’s current openings.

8 thoughts on “Online Bagpipe Lessons

  1. Matt has such an easy, friendly style as a teacher, and treats mistakes as challenges rather than flaws. I have grown so much as a piper since starting lessons with him. He’s a wonderful teacher and musician and a great human being.

  2. After not having played the pipes for years, Matt was able to get me started back again. Additionally, he worked wonders in rebuilding my bagpipes!

  3. I took lessons from Matt via Skype, and he was nothing but patient and helpful throughout! He was able to correct some bad habits I had fallen into as well as giving me several tips on better playing and better tuning that I use to this day!

  4. I took lessons from Matt for approx. 4 years 1 time a week. Matt made me start over from the beginning and get rid of the bad habits I was taught. Matt’s method of teaching is one of a kind and will have you playing beyond your wildest expectations if you put the time and effort into it. Great teacher and now a good friend.

  5. I’m excited to be on the bagpipe journey with Matt and the band. Through this group and Matt’s instruction, I’ve opened up a whole new world of friends, music, intellectual challenge and camaraderie. If you have the time to devote to a new passion, I can’t recommend the Great Highland Bagpipes and Matt’s careful instruction highly enough.

  6. I was fortunate enough to start with Matt on the chanter and then he assisted me on getting my first set of pipes. I continue to take lessons and continue to improve and have a great time !! He is a great teacher and Piper!!

  7. I’m amazed how much fine detail Matt knows about bagpipes and musicianship. Personally, he and I get along great, with a good professional relationship.

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