Available since June 2014

Bagpipe Basics teaches you the fundamentals of the Scottish great Highland bagpipe, Irish Warpipe or ‘píob mhòr’ (Gaelic pronunciation included in the app). You will learn its fingering, basic notation and how to play the scale. An animation of the chanter in combination with the stave as well as the terminology used by pipers will guide you from one melody note to the next.


Two games allow you to challenge what you have learned: You can train your ear with the listening-skills tool and quiz yourself on the finger positions of the bagpipe chanter with reference to their notation.


You can contact the authors directly through the app.

Bagpipe Basics includes:

  • Animation of the scale (Novice)
  • A quiz on the fingering of the bagpipe chanter (Beginner)
  • A quiz that trains your listening skills (Intermediate)
  • Basic music theory as well as information on how to hold the bagpipe chanter
  • Gaelic pronunciation
  • Languages currently available: English, German

Bagpipe Basics requires:

  • iPhone 3GS or later
  • iPad 1st generation or later
  • iPod touch 3rd generation or later
  • iOS 5.1.1. or later
  • ca. 7 MB of space

Link to Bagpipe Basics in the App Store