Alex Esarey: Piping Should Be For Everyone

I'm a learning piper. When I was little, around 5 or 6, I remember hearing there were few women pipers (at that time). I thought that was dumb, and that piping should be for everyone. At that point I decided I should do it, too!

I first heard about the Dojo when someone mentioned it on reddit! I was trying to find a way to learn remotely, vs finding an in person instructor.

I signed up almost right away and joined Dojo in January of 2021. I started my piping journey from there.

My original goal was learning to play! It was something I had always wanted to learn to do.

In terms of the actual bagpipes - things are slow going because of lack of practice space. At first, I though my lungs weren't strong enough. I'm still transitioning to playing the full bagpipes.

I couldn't have got to where I am without the Dojo Team! Everyone is so supportive and encouraging.

Alex Esarey, North Carolina, United States

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