Earlier this year, a potential client contacted me. She asked if I could play two particular songs that are not usual bagpipe songs. I told her, “If it is on Youtube, I can learn it.” Big mistake!
The first song was Cat Stevens “Morning has Broken”. I actually found bagpipe music for this song and all was good.
The second song was Ed Sheran’s “Perfect”. I checked Youtube. Well there was one and only one video of someon playing the song on the pipes.
I began my search for bagpipe music for this tune. After exhaustive searches, it was not to be found. I returned to the Youtube bagpiper performance of this song. Under the comment section, I requested the music.
I did get a response. It turns out the man in the video is the administrator at The Sydney School of Piping and Drumming, Barry Gray. The music arrived and I practiced, practiced and practiced this piece. Of the hundreds of songs I have played, this one was 100% more difficult than the hardest song I played before. Well, I finally did master it and all went fabulously!
Curious about the common tunes played or the huge repertoire of tunes I can play? Check out my TUNES page.