Our basic learning to play the bagpipe kit includes a Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book, free online video, plastic practice chanter and reed. This kit will start you on your way to playing the bagpipes. You can order the set with either our child size practice chanter (16.5" length for kids 9 and under), our regular size practice chanter (18.5" length), or our long length practice chanter (22" length).
You will find the link to the free online video in the forward of the tutor book.
We recommend the regular or long size for all adults. For learners 9 years and under we recommend the child size.
Give the Higgins Regular Length Chanter a Listen:
Check out our blog about "Getting Your New Practice Chanter from J Higgins":https://www.jhiggins.net/blog/getting-your-new-practice-chanter-from-j-higgins/
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Posted by Noel O’ Brien on 10th May 2020
The chanter works great and the book and online lessons give you a great start for learning the bagpipes.
Beginners Guide to Practice Chanter
Posted by Andrew VanDeWater on 19th Apr 2020
So I had an interest in learning to bagpipe. I did some research and found this site. Best site I have found for bagpipes and accessories. Everything from the practice chanter to replacement reeds for it and instruction book. Chanter is excellent, one thing I would recommend if you have not played pipes before is to get a tuner at the same time so you can practice right away hitting the right notes without developing any bad habits. Low G (basic first step) should be a G, not something close.
This is harder than you think but his products are solid
Posted by Brian on 26th Oct 2019
I’m new to this instrument and not having a formal teacher has its hurdles but I’ve researched a lot on this and what should be a good a practice chanter. I ordered JHiggins’ practice chanter based on other’s reviews and I have to say that the chanter is solid and well made. I’m a trumpet player and I have never worked with a reed instrument before but YouTube is full of videos to help you get started and the notes of JHiggens’ chanter to me sound very similar to the videos but I’m sure a formal teacher will critique me more harshly lol overall I’m impressed with quality and solid feel of the chanter and reed and I hope I can do Mr.Higgin’s proud one day.
So far, so good
Posted by Unknown on 19th Sep 2019
I ordered the long practice chanter and a lesson book for my teenage son. We've had it less than a week, but so far, the book is guiding him well and the chanter appears to be a good quality. My ears aren't bleeding yet and the neighbors haven't asked us to move. This seems to be a great purchase!
Posted by Eric on 8th Aug 2018
My order came in a very timely manner. The chanter sounds very good, and the book is very easy to understand
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Jan 2018
My order came in a timely manner. The chanter is great, has a good feel, and each note played is distinct. The tutor book is excellent, easy to understand and follow. I am very pleased with this purchase and extremely excited to learn the bagpipes. I highly recommend J Higgins
Posted by Joseph M Ward on 27th Dec 2017
Well..it sounds like a kazoo or a children's party favor..I am familiar with the notes of the chanter but no significant change in the tones when played...Paying 100.00 for chanter practice book and shipping was overpriced..Also, there was a 10 day hold on shipping because it was stuck in customs, so I was told. (John's tip: The practice chanter cannot change volume, but it will change pitch if the holes are covered properly. Our prices for pipe supplies actually made in Scotland are meant to be among the lowest price you will find. Unfortunately, this shipment was indeed held in customs for a few days).
Posted by Unknown on 24th Jan 2017
I just started , my instructor was impressed with the cost of this set and it is the essentials to getting started, wish it would have come with the carry case the Higgins offers, I would have paid the additional $20 for the case up front, fast delivery, came U.S. postal service.perfect for an adult toget started. Make sure you get the long version, Iit matches the chanter on the big pipes, you won't have to relearn your finger positions when you transition over.
beginners bagpipe instruction
Posted by Val on 26th Aug 2016
The chanter and instruction book came very quickly and as described! The book and CD are very informative and very thorough and the chanter sounds good! Very exited to get started! THANK YOU!
Learn to play bagpipes
Posted by jack noyes on 25th Jan 2016
Learn the Bagpipes Tutor 1 is great for the beginner. The Chanter sounds good and the machine work is flawless. I like the CD. It has the lessons in audio and video to demonstrate technique.