hack.er (hæk.ər) n. A programmer or computer user who enjoys the challenge of breaking into computer systems to bend them to his or her will.

pipe.hack.er (paɪp.hæk.ər) n. A bagpipe player who enjoys the challenge of breaking into bagpiping systems to bend them to his or her will.

What you’ll find here is mostly the “not often thought of” stuff as well as anything that qualifies as a “hack” be it musical, mechanical, or mental.

Highland pipers are an obsessive and handy bunch full of that DIY spirit. We have devised all sorts of methods for self-sufficiency. Whether it is making our own bags, brewing our own seasoning, or engaging in mental tricks to improve the playing experience, the instinct to create, learn, and persevere would seem to be prerequisites for anyone taking up the Highland bagpipe. Learning and playing Highland bagpipes is a life-long pursuit and the experience invades all aspects of one’s life. Here at Pipehacker.com is where we explore better living through bagpipes.


Vincent Janoski is a long-time piper based on the east coast of the USA. He is an experienced publishing professional in the areas of editorial, design, and business. Vince has been on the Executive Committee of the EUSPBA and was most recently Editor and Publisher of the association’s magazine The Voice. And, needless to say, he spends way too much time than is allowed for any one person playing, writing about, and thinking about bagpiping.




Andrew Douglas, founder and head of the piping school and shop The Piper’s DoJo, is currently Pipe Major of the Grade 1 Oran Mor Pipe Band of Albany, NY. He was a long-time member of the five-time world champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and has won numerous prizes in North America and Scotland. He is an active composer with two CDs of original music to his credit, Expression (2005) and Cill Chriosd (2006).

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