The CLASP in Conversation with Jim McGillivray

The date of this talk is Sunday 13th February 2022 at 7pm via Zoom platform and costs £5 for CLASP members.

The topic is 'Technique' and the talk will be available on demand for 7 days after the event.

Mastering Technique - Talk Description Jim McGillivray uses examples from his popular tutor, Rhythmic Fingerwork, to take you on an instructive tour of bagpipe technique. From simple gracenotes to complex movements, Jim will show you not only how to address poor technique, but how to make your good technique even better. A copy of the book is not required.

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Jim McGillivray began piping at age 11 in 1966 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He has enjoyed a long and varied piping career since he retired from competing in 1991, having captured both Gold Medals, the Clasp at Inverness, and the M/S/R at the Glenfiddich Piping Championship. He was Director of the piping and drumming program at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario, an independent school for boys, from 1998 until 2019 and still teaches part-time at the school. He has published two seminal piping tutors, Rhythmic Fingerwork (1998) and Piobaireachd Fingerwork (2013), as well as two best-selling DVDs, Pipes Ready! and Pipes Up!, on maintenance and tuning of the bagpipe. In 2007, his groundbreaking website,, became the first major provider of individual pieces of sheet music to pipers. He played with the Guelph Pipe Band in the 1970s, the 78th Fraser Highlanders after that, and more recently the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band. Jim is a regular on the judging circuit on both sides of the ocean, publishes frequently on, and runs McGillivray Piping, an internet-based piping supply business, which is also the world’s leading dealer in vintage bagpipes.