Information About Richard - Mold teacher - (5 reviews)
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I am married with four children and two grand children. I live 1.5 miles from Mold. I am 58 years old.
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I have been playing the bagpipes for over 35 years. I was first taught at the College of Piping in Glasgow, then by Willie MacKay in Crieff, Pipe Major Andy Renwick (Vale of Atholl Pipe Band) and I am currently receiving tuition from Dougie McCance (Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017) and a piper with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
I played in the Gleneagles Strathearn Pipe Band for 8 years and often played at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire for corporate and private events. The band also competed in the World Pipe Band Championships and won two of the Grades whilst I was with them.
I am currently Pipe Sergeant in the Wirral Pipe Band, based at Moreton on the Wirral and part of my role is to give one to one tuition to band members, from complete beginners to accomplished players. In the absence of the Pipe Major I will take the weekly band practice which means being responsible for up to 25 members.
I have played with the Wirral Pipe Band on stage with Andre Rieu and the Irish Folk group, The Chieftains. I auditioned and was selected to play in the City of Liverpool Tattoo 2018 with the Massed Pipes and Drums.
Learning to play the bagpipes is not something that you can do quickly. You need to learn the correct techniques right from the beginning. I offer an understanding approach to the learning challenges of playing the bagpipes and use a 'brick by brick' building approach to learning. I try to make the lessons fun and set small (but achievable) challenges for your home work. Every lesson is tailored to an individual's learning ability. Some pick up the basics quickly, others not quite so fast, it really doesn't matter as I will teach you at your pace.
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Additional Languages: Welsh
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (daytime)
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Tutoring 2 pupils of such differing musical ability and experience could have proven challenging but both Phoebe and I come away from the lessons each having moved forward and with a stretching target for the week ahead.
In all we are thoroughly enjoying our lessons and look forward to the day when we can finally play " a real tune" on the bagpipes!