Step 1 - Presentation of the bombard

The Bombard is a Breton kind of Pipe and before you start to playing it, take the time to watch this first video that will give you the fundamentals to play well.


You will find your first recommendations on reeds: how to choose and how to clean them.


You will discover the advice of Ph Janvier on how to pinch the reed and the position of the lips. This is essential to start the instrument without getting your lips tired.


Then there are recommendations on breathing and control of the air column. Take good habits right from this step  because it is fundamental to be able to properly try the octaves afterwards.


Work of breathing and lips will allow to calmly deal with licks in the game.


Take your time to control these settings and then start your first lesson.

Step 2 - A 10 heures dans ces verts prés : 1/2

With this first tune, get used to sing before trying to play with your bombard.


In this "Rond de Saint Vincent" you will learn a first tune giving one lick on each note. This is the beginning of learning what it is to play a bombard.


You will be able to learn how to follow the pulsation clapping and singing along.


Once you're comfortable, you will begin the work of articulation of the tongue, first by singing " dudu " (to work the licks) and then taking your bombard.



Step 3 - A 10 heures dans ces verts prés : 2/2

This second "Rond de Saint Vincent" will allow you to start playing regularly the tune with Philippe Janvier .


Gradually, you will be able to increase the tempo.


Here are a few tips to get started :

- Take the time to work this tune to master your licks and your breathing.


- Do not go too fast, play slowly but steadily.

- Increase the tempo slowly when you're comfortable with the music. If you can't, slow it down and stabilize your game.


Take the time to listen to the tune and to understand the structure of the tune.


Finally, you will work a second tune that you will learn the same way as the first.


Step 4 - An dro à Duhu : 1/2 et 2/2

Here are two lessons to continue to get used to Breton tunes.


In these two videos, you will learn not to put systematically a lick on each note.


For this, you will first work on the beat to know when to give a lick.


You will see that, outside the pulsation, you should not give a lick.


To do this , follow the practise drills of " DU" and " HU " by Philippe Janvier.


Step 5- To go further

We suggest you continue your discovery of the bombard with the following videos:


  1. Philippe Janvier : "Derrière de chez mon père"
  2. Philippe Janvier : "J'ai 10 sous dans ma poche"