Rather than a traditional tutorial, which covers 'lessons' similar to what you would get from a real teacher, we take a different approach. Your tuition has been divided up into 'objectives'. These are small tasks which should individually not take too long to learn. You should master each objective before moving onto the next one. You shouldn't do more than one objective a day, even if you find something easy. Give it all time to sink in and get used to it.

To begin with, you need to find a practice chanter. This is a simple plastic (usually) instrument, about 18 inches long, which you use to learn the intricate fingering required on the bagpipe. You can get one of these at any decent bagpipe retailer, complete with a working reed. Do be careful when purchasing these: if the retailer looks more like a Scottish gift shop than a musical instrument store, then you are probably going to be purchasing something which is more suited to being a Scottish souvenir than a musical instrument! If in any doubt, do email the retailer and ask some relevant questions: the answers will tell you a great deal. You should be looking for a 'long' practice chanter - the reason for this is that the traditional chanter size is rather smaller than the bagpipe chanter itself. There's no good reason for this and it does help your fingers to be practicing at the correct spacing.

OK? On to objective 1!