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Old 03-09-2018, 01:36 PM   #1
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Default Best Book for Piobaireachd Intro?

From experience, is there a "best" intro book for learning the basics of Piobaireachd? I know Archie Cairns' book, and the CoP Book 4 (Yellow) are readily available.

My ultimate goal is to find an instructor, but I'd like to get a head start from a tutoring book. Any recommendations will be appreciated
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Old 03-09-2018, 05:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: Best Book for Piobaireachd Intro?

I'm no expert, but have been using "The Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Book" available from the National Piping Centre.
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Old 03-09-2018, 06:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: Best Book for Piobaireachd Intro?

The CoP yellow book and Jim McGillivray's Piobaireachd Fingerwork both have associated sound files (cd, online files, respectively) and are complimentary. However, having started down this path I can see the benefit of having an instructor.
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Old 03-09-2018, 10:17 PM   #4
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Default Re: Best Book for Piobaireachd Intro?

I would actually recommend the opposite! Get yourself the very best instructor you can find, and have the instructor bring you into it.

The most success I have had is with a world class piper and Glenfiddich winner who has not once used a tutor to supplement my lessons. I actually had to rework some fingering which I had learned incorrectly and had reinforced through countless hours of practice while trying to learn from a tutor as I searched for a Piobaireachd instructor.

Just my humble opinion, but save yourself time and frustration and begin cleanly with an instructor who can give you good, solid instruction and keep you from the pitfalls and errors which are too easy to fall into without a teacher.

I am sure you can obtain a recommendation for an instructor who lives close to you if you let folks know where you live - but I would also not discount Piobaireachd by SKYPE lessons either.

For example, I know that Mr. Neil Clark of Great Glen Piping offers lessons over SKYPE for both Light music and Piobaireachd. GREAT Rates for the level of instruction offered!

I also believe that Mr. Nick Hudson offers SKYPE Lessons - he is an active competitor in both the U.S. and Scotland. I have never taken lessons from him but I have met him at games before and he was a gentleman - a very nice person indeed.

Good luck!
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Old 03-09-2018, 11:53 PM   #5
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I'd say go all out to get the instructor in place first as you might inadvertently pick up self taught habits from a book that it's hard to undo later. The National Piping Centre do Skype lessons and you would get a top level instructor of your choice if they still operate in the way they did. Tell them it's Piobaireachd you are particularly wanting to study. It's amazing these days, that geography needn't be a deterrent, and wherever we are in the world we can access first class tuition. Well worth seeking that out imho.
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:38 AM   #6
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I tried the COP yellow book. As a book of instruction, itís fine. However, getting one-on-one instruction was far, far better.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:47 AM   #7
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Default Re: Best Book for Piobaireachd Intro?

Indeed, having an instructor is the best way to go about this. However, for us luddites with no internet living in rural areas, there aren't a lot of choices. I'm lucky in that I have a pipe major who can help out but not everyone has direct instruction available. In that case, I'd recommend the books; both are great!!
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:43 PM   #8
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Thanks, all! I truly appreciate the feedback. I've decided to fire up the old webcam, and seek out an instructor who can provide lessons via Skype.
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Old 03-20-2018, 11:55 AM   #9
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Hi EyeC,

I have just produced the first book in our Piobaireachd series - which is aimed at pipers new to Piobaireachd. If you are interested, I would love to send you a free copy along with the videos (72 of them) for you to use as your intro to Piobaireachd.

All I would ask in return is that you share your thoughts on the book (and videos) on this forum. Not looking for accolades - just an honest opinion.

Normally products like this are reviewed by experienced players or teachers and I cannot think of a better way to get the word out on this product than to have someone new to Piobaireachd try it and then post a review.

Please let me know what you think.

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Old 03-22-2018, 12:55 PM   #10
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Wow, I certainly appreciate the offer. I just sent you a private message with my contact info.
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