View Full Version : which tune book to buy?
12-11-2005, 05:23 PM
which 3 tunebooks must all pipers own. Im having trouble dealing with all these different versions of classical light music. My first impression is to own "Scots Guard vol 1 and 2". Any thoughts would be most appreciated.
12-11-2005, 06:35 PM
I think every piper should own the Piobaireachd Society books or the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor, the William Ross collection which you can get at henderson on a CD, and for a change of pace, The Antipodes Collection by Mark Saul or Philharmonic.
Hope this helps
12-11-2005, 06:42 PM
The Ross / Scots Guards settings can be a bit out of date and / or over-ornamented.
The three Cairngorm books - Vol 1 with G.S. McLennan tunes, Vol 2 with lots of 2/4 marches, and Vol 3 with lots of strathspeys and reels - all great stuff.
12-14-2005, 09:40 PM
Scots Guard Vol I and II are a great investment espeacially if you're a newer player. Some of the more contemporary collections of music maybe a little bit ahead of your ability. While some tunes from the Scots Guard maybe outdated it's a great foundation for learning traditional tunes correctly as opposed to learning a tune that has been drastically revised 5 or more times by a player that has little experience in re-writting tunes.
12-15-2005, 06:18 AM
If you want to get off economically, about $20, I would start with The College of Piping Essential Tunes for the Piper, Music for every occasion with guidance on how to play it. CD included.
Tune List (http://www.aberdeenbagpipe.com/store/36101.html)
12-15-2005, 07:07 AM
Scots Guard will never be out-dated. If you have a few extra dollars - Donald Macleod's 6 volumes should be in everyone's collections. MHO
12-15-2005, 01:47 PM
Bah... Don't listen to these humbugs. Don't buy any books. Just play free music you find on the internet. Anything by Rob Galliah or Scott Walmer could knock the socks off of a G.S. McLennan tune. Why waste your money??? Chris just wants you to buy his books. ViperPiper.org is all a man like you will ever need. As for CDs? Don't buy any. RightQuickMarch.com is considered to be the Holy Grail in elite bagpiping circles. All you'll ever need. CDs just destroy the rainforest and end up not rotting in landfills. And if for some odd reason, your bit tired of Rob Galliah compositions, just get a teacher to photocopy a book for you. But even this is a bit much. All genius players were self-taught. Teachers teach you to be a tape-recorder. To truly invent your own style, you must be self-taught. Heck... don't even buy bagpipes. Spend $400 on a electric chanter that sounds better, as many Glenfiddich level pipers will agree, than the actual bagpipes. I sense that the force is strong in you. You are destined for greatness. You must have a high midi-chlorean count.
12-15-2005, 02:03 PM
Scots Guards Vol I was the first book I ever bought, Vol II was the second. A good investment. I get far more use out of those two books than any of the newer books I've got.
12-15-2005, 08:28 PM
Originally posted by Too Long In This Condition:
Just play free music you find on the internet.. Again- Scot's Guard GREAT book to learn tunes correctly that haven't been revised numerous times but inexperienced players..
12-17-2005, 04:39 PM
Scots Guards and then Donald MacLeod's 6 volumes seconded here.
12-17-2005, 04:50 PM
Willie Ross' five books as well; also Seaforth Collection or Cabar Feidh Collection. You can't go wrong with ANY of those mentioned.
12-17-2005, 07:31 PM
A top number would be Ceol Sean's CD of Logan's Collection. I have one printed book from the collection, and it's got some great stuff in it. At USD17.95 for 500 tunes in early 20th century settings - you can hardly go wrong!
For piobaireachd, David Glen's Ancient Piobaireachd (also on cheap CD from Ceol Sean) represents amazing value in quality.
12-18-2005, 08:19 AM
I agree with Ian Sherwoods choice,but please don`t buy any of the Guards books, as ma faither
wid say, Nice pictures pity about the music.
12-19-2005, 05:45 PM
12-19-2005, 05:53 PM
Speechless? Or just trying to get that coveted forum Silver medal?
12-20-2005, 12:05 PM
hey and don't forget my three books. All for under 20 dollars. (Shameless self promotion)
1.The Gathering of the Clans Collection, Vol One.(over 90 tunes) Sorry, that one is sold out again!So please disregard it on the web site)
2.The Cape Breton Collection of Bagpipe Music (over 130 tunes)
3. The Gathering of the Clans Collection, Volume Two (over 140 tunes)
Tunes from these collections have found their way into the repertoires of Pipe bands and soloists alike like SFU ( For my good friend, Blair Murphy; The Burning of the Piper's Hut) Alasdair Gillies ( The Step-dancer;Oran na Teine,Finlay won't go the Eigg,) Roddy MacLeod ( The Bird's Nest and several traditional reels from Cape Breton)
12-22-2005, 06:47 PM
Scots Guards bk 2, Willy Ross books 1-5,Donald MacLeod books 1-6 and the Kilberry Ceol Mor collection will keep you piping fit but don't hesitate to try the new compositions as well.
Practice does not make perfect--Perfect practice does!
12-28-2005, 04:53 AM
3 good tune books to buy would be scot guards 1 and 2. they are good because theres so many, not all good though. and watch out for the mistakes in the music which are found quite regularly.
Another good book to have will be the Fred Morrison tune book he is relesing early in 2006
01-01-2006, 10:49 AM
own as many as you can
01-01-2006, 11:26 AM
I took your advice and bought vol 2 and 3 of the Cairngorm collection. The tunes are awesome, thank you very much. I appreciate your advice and look forward to dealing with you in the future.