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College of Piping Highland Bagpipe Tutor Part 1 Book and CD (Green Book)

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  • Also known as "The Green Book".
  • One of the most used bagpipe tutor books.
  • 64 pages, 26 lessons, and 14 tunes.
  • Original book by Seumas MacNeill and Thomas Pearston.
  • Revised and edited by Robert Wallace.
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"The College of Piping: Tutor For The Highland Bagpipe PART 1\" by Seumas Macneill and Thomas Pearston. The book starts with the practice chanter and ends with the bagpipe. There are 26 Lessons in the book. Each lesson is followed by a sound clip. In addition there are over 16 Videos and 14 songs. In addition to audio lessons, videos, and songs, the CD also contains over 38 pages of study material and quizzes. Lessons: Each written lesson is joined by a corresponding sound file 1) Placing your fingers on the chanter, diagrams 2) Gracenotes 3) Throws and Doublings 4) Your First Tune 5) Strikes 6) Strike on D and your Second Tune 7) Second Measure Brown Haired Maiden 8) Music theory 9) Double C & B 10) 2nd measure High Road to Gairloch 11) Double F & E 12) Double high A and 2nd measure Highland Laddie 13) Leumluath and Taorluath 14) 2nd measure Carles Wi' the Breeks 15) The Birl 16) 2nd measure 79th Farewell to Gibralter 17) Grip to C 18) 4th measure 79th Farewell to Gibralter 19) 1st measure Earl of Mansfield 20) Thumb Gracenote 21) 3rd measure Earl of Mansfield 22) 1st measure Inverness Rant 23) The Tachum 24) Strikes on B & C 25) 2nd measure Piper of Drummond 26) Double D and Green Hills of Tyrol 27) Practice Scales 27) Theory Summary and Posture Songs 1)Scots Wha Ha'e 2) Brown Haired Maiden 3) High Road to Gairloch 4) Highland Laddie 5) Carles Wi' the Breeks 6) 79th Farewell to Gibraltar 7) Earl of Mansfield 8) Inverness Rant 9) Piper of Drummond 10) Green Hills of Tyrol 11) Atholl Highlanders 12) Aiken Drum 13) Piobaireachd of Donald Dubh 14) Blue Bonnets

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Item Weight 5.6 ounces
Product Dimensions 10 x 8 x 0.2 inches
Shipping Weight 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B001PFBW42
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4.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #6,282 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
Date first available at Amazon.com September 6, 2006

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This book, sometimes know in the world of piping as just "the green book", is essential to anyone beginning to learn the highland pipes.

Though old, the book is accurate, thorough, and provides plenty of instruction.

I personally didn't get the CD with the book, but in retrospect I think it would have helped me along a little bit more.

This book breaks songs down into "measures", meaning one or two lines of music at a time. Before each measure the book describes any new ornaments and how to execute them. After each measure it says what to watch out for in each bar, or mistakes that students are likely to make.

Although this book is all a student needs to start learning (minus of course a quality chanter), I found that an exercise book greatly helped me get down difficult moves such as the leumluath and the double notes (or strikes).

The only downside I've found to this book is that since the songs are broken up into two, three, or sometimes four different measures, each separated by text, one can't play most entire songs through without having to turn a page or two. I solved this easily enough with creative photocopying.
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This book is the standard for the piping world. I started 12 years ago using this book. After a decade's break, I ordered it to begin playing again. I have immediately begun to pick up the tunes and excercises, evidence that I was using the right material originally.
A necessity for beginners and retreads like myself.
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I am a beginner piper, starting rather late in life (46 years old). The "Green Book" is ESSENTIAL for anyone who is attempting to play Highland style bagpipes...no argument, you absolutely need this tutorial! Follow the lesson plan, refer to the CD-ROM, and you will gain an understanding for Highland style piping...enjoy!
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This is the book I use when giving lessons to new pipers. It's the best tutor available, but it should be used with an instructor either privately or in a band because the pipes simply aren't an instrument one can teach oneself. (Or rather, people who teach themselves the bagpipes don't get to play with others.) Only a teacher will be able to demonstrate in 3D how to make the sound correctly and how to gracefully move between notes. B to E? Easier than it looks. B to C? F to C? Harder. Most importantly, a teacher can prevent the bad habits that can stick like tar. Fingers flat. Don't bite the chanter. Work on dry blowing.

The book moves too quickly if it's used by itself, and it spends time on embellishments that rarely appear in actual tunes.

There should be a chapter on Band Culture and how pipers communicate while playing, and there should be more finger exercises. The student and teacher should get into the habit of playing scales together and using the language of the pipes. The goal is to teach the student how to teach herself new tunes and play them competently, and if she wants to play with others. For the latter, common vocabulary and a repertoire of common tunes is essential.
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This primer revision is a very good instructional and understandable tutor for the person who wants to learn the Great Highland bagpipes. The author puts all lessons in simplistic language where even the beginning novice can make headway. The CD gives me the exact rhythm, note-for-note, and even some "how to not play the notes". It also has several video helps that will come in handy when I make it to the covered material. I am enjoying practicing with my chanter now more than ever. The revision takes out some of the, shall we say, archaic wording and adds new material that gives an understandable reading to the lessons - along with new sponsorship advertisements. I have already begun learning my first song too. The Bagpipe Tutor has helped me be very optimistic about being able to fulfill one of my longtime dreams, that is, playing the Great Highland bagpipes.

EthnicSounds.com has a lot of great merchandise at a very good price. I perused their website and they are one of the best priced sites for a lot of bagpipe, accessories and other Scot, Irish merchandise. I received my book/CD sooner than the expected date and it was in great condition - the book wasn't bent, broken, wet and the CD wasn't damaged. ***** (5-stars).
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if you want to learn bagpipes, this is the book you need. although, i still encourage having an instructor! bagpipes aren't the easiest thing to play! good luck!
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My son wanted to learn the bagpipes - or rather the chanter - because many of his school friends play it; the school has a renowned pipe band. We tried getting him lessons at school, but it didn't work out. I got this for him for his birthday, and he has enjoyed learning by himself (he had some basic knowledge from a school workshop already, so it wasn't as if he was starting with no knowledge at all).
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By Bear on November 14, 2013
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Still the best first book on learning the pipes. Not much updated from the '53 version if you can get one, but the CD is outstanding. MP3's for each lesson, and must-have videos for those trying to learn without a live teacher (which I do not recommend).
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