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Old 02-17-2020, 07:38 AM   #1
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Default Beginning SP help

I have been away from playing the HP for nearly 25 years and just recently picked up a practice chanter. I would rather invest my time and finances in the smallpipes, than the HP. I have seen mention of smallpipes books that are out there, but I can't seem to locate any. Power to Your Elbow and a Survival Guide are two that I see mentioned. Any help that you may provide in finding books or PDFs to help me on my journey will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-17-2020, 08:19 AM   #2
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More Power To Your Elbow is a Lowland and Borders Piping Society book. www.lbps.net

There are many resources there.

Smallpipes Survival Guide was written by the pipe maker, Ray Sloan. Contact him for details.

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Old 02-17-2020, 08:38 AM   #3
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http://tutor.swan-dyer.co.uk/
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Old 02-20-2020, 05:57 AM   #4
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Do you mean SSP (Scottish Small Pipes) or NSP (Northumbrian Small Pipes)?

They're completely different, though both are SPs.
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Old 02-20-2020, 08:34 AM   #5
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Craig, if you tell us what sort of music you want to play and who you want to play it with, that will help us give you decent advice.
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Old 02-20-2020, 11:42 AM   #6
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Thanks for the help everyone.

I am looking to eventually (very soon) purchase a set of Scottish small pipes. Many years ago I played in a band that played only a handful of tunes, mainly for parades. A couple of the pipers were very accomplished, but it didn't their talent really trickle down to most of us. I would love to start playing music and perhaps hone my skills to eventually play in a session, etc.

I believe I can only justify one set of pipes (for now) with my wife, and I've always been fascinated with music that could be heard in a pub etc. I am pretty much in the middle of nowhere--at least it feels that way--surrounded by corn and soybeans (Iowa). This is the reason I've been searching for tutor books to help my journey. I realize that a human tutor will be best, but for now I'll take anything I can get my hands on.
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Old 02-20-2020, 12:54 PM   #7
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What I would do then, is stick with the practice chanter for now. Work your way through a good tutor book and learn lots of simple, basic tunes, and get what feedback you can - there are lots of good online tutors now and you can always post clips here for feedback as well.


Don't worry about ordering a set of pipes of whatever kind for a year or two, until you've really got a decent dose of tunes under your belt and you can play them well.


What I would do in addition is buy a whistle, and learn to play that as well. In your part of the world, most sessions will be Irish and you'll find a whistle a very useful addition.
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