Ely Community Education

Beginning Bagpipes

A workshop-style class for beginners to learn how to play The Great Highland Bagpipe. Instruction in the correct form and basic fundamentals of playing the bagpipe: includes the basic fingering, technique, notation, and sight-reading which is first learned on a practice changer. Emphasis on scales, embellishments, and playing simple tunes. With competence playing the practice changer you can advance to The Great Highland Bagpipe.

No experience is necessary. You will need a practice changer. One can be purchased on Amazon or I recommend a ” Pipers Choice Practice Chanter” from Henderson Imports, $50.00. I also recommend the tutor book ” College of Piping Highland Bagpipe Tutor part 1″, it’s called “The Green Book”. $30.00.

Class Details

Dates: Starting Tuesday, October 12, 2021. 

 Tuesday, October 12,19, 26, 2021 Tuesday, November 2, 9, 23, 30, 2021

Time: 7-8pm
Location: Class Room 8 - Ely Memorial High School
Cost: Free

Enter through the ground floor of the High School’s front entrance.  Take the hallway to the left.  Room 8 is the first door on the left. 

About The Instructor

Joe Linneman has been piping well over 20 years. He was the Pipe Major of The St.Cloud Fire and Police Pipes and Drums ( Pipe Band) 2008 to 2019. This band performed numerous parades and shows in Central Minnesota. He also played with the Celtic band “Ring of Kerry”. He has played with other pipe bands as well as solo events. Joe has taught several other people how to play the bagpipe over the years.


600 East Harvey Street
Ely, MN 55731


Phone: (218) 365-6166
Fax: (218) 365-6138