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I have a brand new granddaughter and want to make sure her parents get the totality of the parenting experience.

What is the earliest a child can start learning to play the bagpipes?

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A drum kit is our standard baby shower gift...funny, we don't get invited to many of those anymore....

Note to Self: Do NOT invite thinktwice to any gift-giving functions.

@Sgt_Spanky If it is an adult function, good whiskey or a bottle of wine would be the hostess gift...I just don't do well around children...ha ha


Bagpipes require a lot of lung capacity from what I've read. Start with a xylophone.

JimG Level 8 Dec 27, 2018

I think they can learn the drums much younger? congratulations


I would say somewhere in the mid-to-late NEVERS! smile009.gif

Benthoven Level 8 Dec 27, 2018

Bagpipe playing requires that you blow hard- doing circular breathing- and squeeze with your arms. By the fifth grade, most kids are ready to learn an instrument. Bagpipes are considered a difficult instrument.

As a toddler, blowing a pinwheel helped my daughter blow long, sustained breaths. This was for her to develop breath control for swimming lessons. When Claire was five, I gave her a harmonica.

Claire had two years of piano lessons, followed by two years of violin lessons. Then she quit. I realized I cannot live vicariously through my daughter.

I grew up in a family of six, left-handed musicians and artists.

In fourth grade, my class learned to play recorders.

In the fifth grade, my father- a professional jazz trumpet player- let me pick out a flute. I began private flute lessons, and played first flute in band and orchestra through high school. Played jazz flute in college.

I still play flute: jazz, blues and classical music. It soothes me and is an outlet for emotional expression.


Do you mean you played anything brass?


I hope you got that child properly BAPTIZED lest she find herself playing bagpipes in HELL for Satan's symphony!!

I believe the first instrument that is given to new arrivals in Hell is the banjo. Bagpipes are probably reserved for high achievers theresmile001.gif


Bagpipes, drums, violin. The most torturous instruments.

That's why you get it for GRANDchildren -- payback's a bitch!


Bagpipes, like the didgeridoo​, require one to learn a complex technique called circular breathing, so lung capacity is an issue here. A lot of kids have difficulty with wind instruments when they are very young, which is why a lot of parents focus on instruments that hone fine and gross motor skills, like the piano, and then graduate to string instruments. I would check with a music instructor as to the appropriate age, to be honest. You don't want the child to attempt an instrument and become soured on it because they cannot physically master the technique required to play it.

(Piano performance major and former music teacher, BTW.)


I agree with george, start em on percussion as early as possible. Not only is it the loudest thing they can conceivably do, but it is also legit great as a meditative aerobic exercise and provides a solid foundation for any other instrument they take an interest in.

Learning to count polyrhythms in 3s and 4s will put them way ahead in math, independent coordination, and short term memory. I learned drums last of all my instruments in my 20s and I found I could suddenly spell long words aloud from memory in my head. My whole life prior I would have to write it down.

Wurlitzer Level 8 Dec 27, 2018

Plenty of obnoxious toys you can buy before bagpipe age. XD

RezZa Level 5 Dec 27, 2018

Most people start with a drum set first.


About the same age they are ready for the first pair of roller skates, scissors and face paints. Cant really come early enough


Although,once mobility(crawling) is mastered,try to keep her out of the canned goods area,when my youngest brother was crawling,he peeled all the labels off the cans,so for a while it was "Mystery meals".

Mike1947 Level 7 Dec 27, 2018

Bagpipes sound expensive. can give your first lesson from Gramps by taking all the pots/pans out of their cabinets, giving the child a few spoons and having a JAM SESSION! (I lived to regret doing that with my daughter....voice of experience here!)


Lung strength might prohibit for quite a while however drums... congratulations.

Btbd Level 7 Dec 27, 2018

congratulations! very commendable for you to take such an interest. i wonder how many octaves higher that baby bagpipes are pitched. perhaps they make a teddy bear bagpipe player who plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star over and over

hankster Level 9 Dec 27, 2018

Start with a simple drum, then progress to a kazoo. Next stop, harmonica, then go for bagpipes as the cherry on top of a moutain of auditory insults.

Emerald Level 7 Dec 27, 2018

My mother played the bagpipes in high school and said it was really hard to learn. Keep it open as an option later. She's just a baby, so I think you should get her a kazoo and tambourine immediately. Then perhaps bongos. She won't develop the motor skills needed for a drum kit for a while, but one cymbal on a stand and one drumstick... magic. And she should listen to as much speed metal as possible to develop the neural pathways. That's scientific.

(just kidding, of course)


Buying a drum kit would be a good thing, as well. I bought a full kit for my first born for his third birthday. He would play for HOURS. My now-ex didn't dig it as much as me, but my second child came out of the womb with colic. And one of the few things that would soothe her was my son's drumming. That helped matters.

Seeker3CO Level 8 Dec 27, 2018



Well, some say when she can sit up on her own, others believe standing. You can always start working on drums in the meantime - they only need to be able to hold their head up and grasp sticks for this instrument! smile002.gif

Grtz to you and the parents! Is this your first grandchild?

jondspen Level 7 Dec 27, 2018

Congratulations! And welcome to the best club in the world! Grandparents club. My first grandchild was born on Christmas day 2016. Samantha has just learned how to blow out of her nose, so bagpipes are a ways off. She has also discovered the piano makes interesting noise, but we don't yet call it music. Have fun!



KKGator Level 9 Dec 27, 2018

Depends on the pipes of course, but she can start working on the chanters as early as she can sit up on her own.


Not as soon as they can learn the drums!

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