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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
A necessity for beginners and retreads like myself.
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. I'm using this book in addition to taking private lessons just to add in some variety to my practice time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jay H
This book is what is being used by the class that I have begun attending. I find the book good. There are not as many practice scales as the first book my wife bought for my... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Plaidhat (Steve)
Exactly as described and did get cd. Book was recommended as best for beginners.Published 11 months ago by terri thompson