I had the honour to meet Stuart Liddell during a class weekend in December, organised by my first pipe band of which I had just joined. I wanted to learn the bagpipes when I was 54, I was obsessed with the sound of this instrument. I had only just started and a meeting with a World Champion and experienced Pipe Major, I could not pass up and could also have a chat with him personally. When I asked him if I was not too old to learn to play bagpipes, I got an honest, warm answer. "Something you want to achieve is always possible if it comes from the heart and the passion is there. I have a student of 73. When you are going to practice, I give the following advice; better to practice every day for 10-15 minutes, than just once a week for 60minutes."
I have to say these words have stayed with me to this day, we are now 7 years after our meeting and I still apply this rule and am even more passionate than I was then.
Thank you, Stuart, for your tips and enthusiasm.
Rudi Driesen, Clan Hay Pipe Band. Belgium