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Old 05-19-2020, 02:29 PM   #1
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Good evening all.

Iíve heard that there is a tune book with hymns in. Does anyone know of any good books full of hymns? I imagine there are several but wondering if anyone can recommend one please.

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Old 05-19-2020, 03:35 PM   #2
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https://www.kinnairdbagpipes.com/ind...ch-piper-books

Also a bunch on https://pipetunes.ca
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Old 05-19-2020, 06:29 PM   #3
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Tim Cummings has a book of Hymns set for bagpipes:https://birchenmusic.com
also Bruce Liberati has a book "Church Music Fort The Highland Bagpipe.
Both are forum members, I believe.
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Old 05-19-2020, 06:55 PM   #4
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Iíll second Patrickís suggestion for the Church Piper books. A great series with volumes dedicated to specific themes (Christmas, exploration, spring, etc).
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Old 05-20-2020, 12:36 AM   #5
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Thank you very much, Iíll look into a Uk supplier for them.
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Thank you very much, Iíll look into a Uk supplier for them.
suggest to reach out the NPC....
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Old 05-29-2020, 01:42 PM   #8
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Once again I'll be the Hymn pedant and point out that a "Hymn tunebook" is an oxymoron.

In traditional Hymnody "Hymns" are sets of words. They're like a poem, one could say. A Hymn has no melody, no tune.

A "tune" in traditional Hymnody is a melody to which a Hymn is sung.

There is no such tune as Amazing Grace. Never has been. Amazing Grace is a set of words, it was written that way.

Nowadays we're used to one tune, which is called NEW BRITAIN. It's traditional to write tune names in all caps.

An example is the tune DUNDEE, which is the given tune for four or five different Hymns in the Episcopal Hymnal.

The most widespread tune is HYFRYDOL. I have come across 14 different Hymns regularly sung to that tune.

The biggest issue is the one of denomination. You will find the same tune appearing in the Hymnals of three or four different denominations, each Hymnal using a different tune.

So you're hired to pipe at a church and they say they're going to sing Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. So you show up ready to play HYFRYDOL but they start singing STUTTGART. It happened to me.

The problem is "Hymn tune books" written from the limited standpoint of a single denomination. What if you're hired by a different church? You might know the tune, but not recognize the Hymn.

In any case the BEST Hymn tune book is the real thing, a Hymnal. The Methodist is the largest, over 800 Hymns. I have that, and the Episcopal, a Lutheran, a couple Presbyterian, an LDS, four or five Catholic, you can never have enough, because they all have different Hymns, different tunes.
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Hagrid... (Ye Great Hairy Beast!! :)... ("95%")

If ye've "as much sense o' musical timin' as
th' medical orderly's dog" *... and ye can hum
th' hymn... without too great a strain... ye
can most probably... work it out on the pipes!! :)

Have a go... (It never hurt. :)

Regards... and Good Luck!! :)

Pip01



*An old quote from an old and very good book.







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Nowadays we're used to one tune, which is called NEW BRITAIN. It's trad

In any case the BEST Hymn tune book is the real thing, a Hymnal. The Methodist is the largest, over 800 Hymns.



Ah... The Welsh... e'er at the forefront of the
singing... and of hymns... :)

'Twas John (a Lincolnshire man) for the services...
but 'twas his brother...Charles... for the music... :)



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