Struggling To Learn the Uilleann Pipes?

Learn from an instructor who has been teaching online for nearly 20 years.


Anyone can learn the Uilleann pipes with the right teacher.

Everything you need to learn the Uilleann pipes in one place.

  • Step by Step Video Lessons.
  • Interactive Tunes and Exercises.
  • Tuning and Maintenance Videos.
  • 1-on-1 Coaching.
  • Track your Progress.
  • Certificate of Completion.
  • Email support for any question.

Yes, It Really Is Possible!

With the Uilleann Pipe Academy, you’ll learn how to finally play the Uilleann pipes.

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In The Next Year, You Could Be…

  • Playing the Uilleann pipes for friends and family.
  • Playing your favorite songs and tunes on the Uilleann pipes.
  • Playing at your local Irish music session.

The right learning environment moves can make all the difference. We’ll cover it all in the Uilleann Pipe Academy.


The Uilleann Pipe Academy

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Are You Ready To Finally Learn the Uilleann Pipes?

In this course we will teach you everything you need to know to learn the Uilleann pipes. You’ll learn how to:

  • Play all the notes and embellishments needed to play the Uilleann pipes.
  • Properly tune and maintain a set of Uilleann pipes.
  • 20+ tunes.

With a simple shift in your mindset and a better practice routine, you could become the Uilleann piper you have always wanted to.

What's Included In The Uilleann Pipe Academy...

The lessons are in video format, and they come with interactive sheet music. This combination creates an optimal learning experience for the user.

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The Practice Set

You will spend a large amount of time playing your practice set before upgrading to either a 1/2 or full set, it's an important part of playing the Uilleann Pipes. Lessons about the practice set include:

  • Parts of the practice set.
  • Buying a practice set.
  • Holding and blowing a practice set.
  • Maintenance and tuning a practice set.
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Uilleann Pipe Music Theory

Before we start learning the pipes there is a little music theory we must learn first. In these lessons, you’ll learn:

  • Music terminology.
  • Time signatures and note values.
  • Dots, cuts and tied notes.
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The Uilleann Pipe Notes

Once you have learned how to operate a practice set, it will be time to learn the notes. In these lessons, you’ll learn:

  • Bottom hand notes: D-E-F#-G
  • Top hand notes: A-B-C-C#-D
  • Second octaves notes: E-F#-G-A-B
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Beginner Uilleann Pipe Embellishments 

The initial embellishments you learn on the Uilleann pipes will set you up to play all the others, here you’ll learn:

  • Taps
  • Cuts
  • Ascending cuts
  • Descending cuts
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Advanced Uilleann Pipe Embellishments

We will delve deeper into the world of embellishments and discover some of the finest ones. Here you’ll learn:

  • Long jig rolls
  • Short reel rolls
  • Triplets
  • Ghost D
  • Crans
  • Trills
  • Popping Notes
  • and more....
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Uilleann Pipe Maintenance and Tuning

In this section, we will study the proper and most effective way to maintain and tune your bagpipes. You' ll learn:

  • Drone reed manipulation and adjustments.
  • Drone tuning for optimal sound and pressure.
  • Chanter tuning.
  • Chanter reed manipulation for the perfect sounding and playing reed.
  • Getting the pipes up and building stamina with better blowing.
  • Proper maintenance; hemping, oiling, waxing and humidification.
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20+ Uilleann Pipe Tunes

I teach each tune in a video phrase by phrase slowly while talking about the important nuances and strategies to effectively play each tune. All tunes and exercises come with interactive sheet music where you can control the tempo and section you wish to work on. You' ll learn:

  • Songs
  • Polkas
  • Jigs
  • Reels
  • Hornpipes
  • Slow airs

1-on-1 Uilleann Pipe Coaching

A few private lessons can go along way. You receive individualized attention so we can concentrate on what you need and want to work on. Whether it's a specific tune or embellishment, 1-on-1 lessons will greatly improve your playing. Available for all Uilleann Pipe Academy members.

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The Uilleann Pipe Academy Is For You If...

  • You don't have the time to drive to lessons.
  • You don't live by an experienced instructor.
  • You enjoy learning at your own pace.
  • Private lessons are not within your budget.
  • You wish to learn from Peter Purvis from Gaelic Strom.

"The Uilleann pipes are very hard to learn and Pete somehow makes them simple. I was playing a set of pipes from Afghanistan and couldn't make a sound. Pete was able to set me up with a set of pipes and now I'm leanring my first reel! Couldn't have done it with out his help."

- Allen Bota

"I have been playing the fiddle for a long time but have fallen in love with the pipes. I live in middle of Montana and wasn't sure how to get started since there aren't any pipers near me. These lessons have been perfect since I can do them from the comfort of my home."

- Maggie Murphy

"I love this lesson. Learning how to play slides/slurs adds a whole new dimension to my playing ability as I progress through the novice/intermediate level. Your online lessons are excellent - well laid out, easy to follow, and the chanter illustrations showing the finger positions are fantastic."

- Harrison Edwards

Peter Purvis

I grew up in the small village of Merrickville, located in the Ottawa Valley, Canada -- An area famous for its fiddle players, step dancing and maple syrup.

I began playing the Highland pipes at the age of 12 and began playing the Uilleann pipes and Irish whistle at the age of 16. Growing up, I had great opportunities to play with some of Canada's finest pipe bands and receive lessons from some of the best-known pipers in the world. It was these lessons from elite pipers at a very young age that helped to mold me into the player I am today.

have an accomplished solo career, winning several championship supreme titles in North America as well as gold medals in both light music and Piobaireachd at the North American championships. My solo career took me to Gr. 1 before taking a leave from competitions to play with the internationally touring band, Gaelic Storm.

I have been a part of the band Gaelic Storm since 2004.  I have recorded 2 DVDs and 11 albums with the band, 8 of which were #1 in World music on the Billboard charts. Gaelic Storm has earned a reputation as one of the world-music scene’s preeminent Celtic bands. The group’s ability to deftly incorporate a rock sensibility into their sound affords them rare crossover appeal. 

When I'm not on the road with the band, I teach the highland pipes, uilleann pipes and tin whistle online and out of my home in Chicago. I'm also a registered piano technician "Piano Tuner" in Chicago. When I'm not busy touring, teaching or tuning you can find me running marathons or spending time with my wonderful wife and 2 kids.

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"Thanks so much for your amazing teaching and insight to the Uilleann pipes. It's been an amazing start to education in Irish music, I've learned so much and have started to sound like a piper according to my audience at a few functions and party's"

- Phillip Yates

"I was trying to learn the Uilleann pipes from book on Amazon. This is so much easier with videos and Pete answering my crazy questions all the time. Took a lesson about tuning that really helped."

- Karen Katz

"'Im so happy I came across It's very hard to find any kind of organized tuition for the Uilleann Pipes online. I thought I was going to have to give up my dream of playing the pipes...very happy!"

- John Taylor

Uilleann Pipe Academy



  • Access to 15+ hrs of High Quality Video Lessons
  • Ability to Track Progress
  • 20+ Printable Video Tune Tutorials
  • Interactive Sheet Music
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Available on Computer, Tablet or Phone
  • Email Support

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  • Access to 15+ hrs of High Quality Video Lessons
  • Ability to Track Progress
  • 20+ Printable Video Tune Tutorials
  • Interactive Sheet Music
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Available on Computer, Tablet or Phone
  • Email Support
  • 40 Essential Tunes Book



  • Access to 15+ hrs of High Quality Video Lessons
  • Ability to Track Progress
  • 20+ Printable Video Tune Tutorials
  • Interactive Sheet Music
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Available on Computer, Tablet or Phone
  • Email Support
  • 40 Essential Tunes Book

If you aren’t completely satisfied with The Uilleann Pipe Academy, let us know within the first 30-days for a full refund. No questions asked.