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Old 01-03-2013, 04:04 AM   #1
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What tutor book would you guys recommend for someone starting out on the pipes? I started on the Sandy Jones tutor, but they're kinda hard to find now.

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:35 AM   #2
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COP Green Book 1
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:05 AM   #3
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:30 AM   #4
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The Green Book has become so common I'm surprised anyone starts on anything else.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:39 AM   #5
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it used to be logans here in the uk.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:09 AM   #6
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The COP Tutor is good, and obviously popular.

The only thing I wish were different with it, are a couple of simple "throw away Tunes" with no Doublings, D-throws and so forth.. just G gracing, and some GDE action... BEFORE jumping into a tune with lots of meat in it.

The Piping Center Tutor has more in the way of "throw away Tunes" that dont have so much meat.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:29 AM   #7
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The COP Tutor is good, and obviously popular.

The only thing I wish were different with it, are a couple of simple "throw away Tunes" with no Doublings, D-throws and so forth.. just G gracing, and some GDE action... BEFORE jumping into a tune with lots of meat in it.

The Piping Center Tutor has more in the way of "throw away Tunes" that dont have so much meat.
Exactly, SWA is a good start but you get thrown to the wolves after that with Brown Haired Maiden and then High Road and then . . . . . But having said that playing all easy tunes ain't gonna make you a piper.
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Default Re: Best tutor book

Back over 20 years ago Victoria Murgatroyd from Australia had a tutor that was geared for kids- starting with simple, ungraced, familiar tunes before adding in the gracenotes, etc. and more challenging tunes.

My old pipey gave us a couple of gracenote scale exercises and then right into the band repetoire.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:58 PM   #9
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While many of us were taught with the COP "Green" tutorial, and many still use that (and others), I've come to like the Piping Centre's Tutorial for its approach and for the tunes it introduces.
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I don't use any of the books, instead I teach using this process...

1) Scale...
2) G...D...E grace notes. (up & down the scale & then as a 4/4 exercise)
3) C & B Doubling exercise (adapted from Ed Neigh's exercise in 4/4 time)
4) Top hand & bottom hand doublings in 4/4 time (also from Ed Neigh)
5) Tarlouth exercise in 4/4 time (also from Ed Neigh)

Once the student has tackled the above...I set up the pipes (no chanter, just drones) & have the student in front of a meter to show what steady blowing is & isn't !!

From there, it's on to Kilworth Hills & Shoal's of Herring...

Once the student has those two tunes, then it's chanter time in the pipes...& on to 4/4's & 6/8's...etc.

In addition to the above, I also go over circular breathing & other exercises (eg, Logan's strath exercise) depending on how well the student is progressing.

Through it all, I do my best to keep it fun & mix in some YouTube videos to help keep the student's interest high.

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