Interactive Asturian Bagpipe Method


We are still working with the 16 Asturian Bagpipe Books you need to know and on this post we’re going to speak about the Interactive Asturian Bagpipe Method. It was published in 2002 by the bagpiper teacher and musician Xuacu Amieva.

In the XXI Century the New Technologies are a great tool for all the professionals. Today there are software where you can learn some skills and this apps work with videos or music like didactic resources.


New Technologies and their uses

The society technological development has always meant great changes within humanity. Bow and arrow, steam machines, industrialization, programmable machines, electronics, … etc.

We are going to focus on the technological evolution brought about by personal computers in the late 1980s. We can find the use of computers for music between the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1976, Harry Mendel invented the first monophonic digital sampler, called Computer Music Melodian. Shortly after Stevie Wonder came out he bought one and used it on his album “Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants”


Computer Music Melodian

In 1979 Peter Fogerl and Kim Ryrie invented the Fairlight CMI. A machine advanced in its time, not only because it was polyphonic but also for being a digital synthesizer and a DAW, all in one. It also incorporated a touch screen controlled with a pointer, quite an advance to its time. An instrument with high price.


Fairlight CMI

From these first steps, more technological solutions are developed for working with music, and not only to create it, but also to learn how to play the different instruments.

Interactive Asturian Bagpipe Method

In 2002 this Interactive Asturian Bagpipe Method was published with the teacher Xuacu Amieva. He carries out a work of adaptation of the contents for the learning of the Asturian Bagpipe.


Interactive Asturian Bagpipe Method – 2002

  1. Asturian Bagpipe History
  2. Asturian Bagpipers
  3. Asturian Bagpipe Parts
  4. Asturian Bagpipe Elemental Technique 

In the music technique part we can see:

  1. Scales exercises
  2. 16 Music Themes for Asturian Bagpipe

To all this published material, we must add the CD-ROM that provides all these digitized materials in the form of video to be able to practice from each person’s home.

Of this same year, 2002, we can highlight the publication of the Asturian Bagpipe Course on CD-ROM published by Editorial Trabe together with the bagpipe teacher Flavio Benito.


Asturian Bagpipe Course on CD-ROM – 2002

Of these two works, it should be noted that they are the first approaches to bringing the work of the Gaita Asturiana classroom to the homes of the students and increases the educational offer of the instrument.

Digital Challenges in the Bagpipe learning

There are different platforms that exist today to learn music and to play musical instruments.


Smartmusic  app to music learning

Those first steps that were taken with these interactive methods were necessary to start using the digital media used by the rest of the industry, but we must go further.

Although the word Interactivity appeared in these works, it really wasn’t true. For this process it is required to collect data to later analyze them and it is there, where we must start working with our instrument.

Distance learning, today, is more than a reality, it is a necessity. This challenge is already part of our day to day and we must start working on this line. We must generate new resources that allow us to be up to date as professionals in the teaching of our instrument, the Asturian Bagpipe.

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