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Old 04-25-2018, 02:17 PM   #1
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Default Learning Update

I was one of the lucky people to get an advance copy of John Cairns book, Bagpipe Instructional Tutor for Piobaireachd. I've played light music on and off for a bit, but am totally new to Piobaireachd.

From a high level standpoint, the format of the book is great. Very user-friendly, and not overly verbose. The instruction is very pointed and succinct.

There is a very helpful breakdown at the beginning of the book, which very clearly goes over the contents of each level (there are seven in total), and the expectations of knowledge after the level is completed. I work in management, and I know that the concept of setting expectations is very important to success.

The first lesson is an excellent introduction. It gives a bit of history about piobaireachd, and gives you both knowledge and skills needed to play it.

I am starting level 2, and will provide occasional updates as I work my way through the book.
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:39 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by EyeC View Post
I am starting level 2, and will provide occasional updates as I work my way through the book.
Do so! Then explore the many options that the original sources offer with respect to interpretation, expression and movements.

It is very easy to get seduced into the idea the pibroch is learned and performed in "one way".
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