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Old 12-11-2005, 05:23 PM   #1
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which 3 tunebooks must all pipers own. Im having trouble dealing with all these different versions of classical light music. My first impression is to own "Scots Guard vol 1 and 2". Any thoughts would be most appreciated.
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Old 12-11-2005, 06:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: which tune book to buy?

I think every piper should own the Piobaireachd Society books or the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor, the William Ross collection which you can get at henderson on a CD, and for a change of pace, The Antipodes Collection by Mark Saul or Philharmonic.

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Old 12-11-2005, 06:42 PM   #3
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Default Re: which tune book to buy?

The Ross / Scots Guards settings can be a bit out of date and / or over-ornamented.

The three Cairngorm books - Vol 1 with G.S. McLennan tunes, Vol 2 with lots of 2/4 marches, and Vol 3 with lots of strathspeys and reels - all great stuff.

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Old 12-14-2005, 09:40 PM   #4
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Scots Guard Vol I and II are a great investment espeacially if you're a newer player. Some of the more contemporary collections of music maybe a little bit ahead of your ability. While some tunes from the Scots Guard maybe outdated it's a great foundation for learning traditional tunes correctly as opposed to learning a tune that has been drastically revised 5 or more times by a player that has little experience in re-writting tunes.
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Old 12-15-2005, 06:18 AM   #5
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Default Re: which tune book to buy?

If you want to get off economically, about $20, I would start with The College of Piping Essential Tunes for the Piper, Music for every occasion with guidance on how to play it. CD included.

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Old 12-15-2005, 07:07 AM   #6
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Scots Guard will never be out-dated. If you have a few extra dollars - Donald Macleod's 6 volumes should be in everyone's collections. MHO
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Old 12-15-2005, 01:47 PM   #7
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Bah... Don't listen to these humbugs. Don't buy any books. Just play free music you find on the internet. Anything by Rob Galliah or Scott Walmer could knock the socks off of a G.S. McLennan tune. Why waste your money??? Chris just wants you to buy his books. ViperPiper.org is all a man like you will ever need. As for CDs? Don't buy any. RightQuickMarch.com is considered to be the Holy Grail in elite bagpiping circles. All you'll ever need. CDs just destroy the rainforest and end up not rotting in landfills. And if for some odd reason, your bit tired of Rob Galliah compositions, just get a teacher to photocopy a book for you. But even this is a bit much. All genius players were self-taught. Teachers teach you to be a tape-recorder. To truly invent your own style, you must be self-taught. Heck... don't even buy bagpipes. Spend $400 on a electric chanter that sounds better, as many Glenfiddich level pipers will agree, than the actual bagpipes. I sense that the force is strong in you. You are destined for greatness. You must have a high midi-chlorean count.
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Old 12-15-2005, 02:03 PM   #8
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Scots Guards Vol I was the first book I ever bought, Vol II was the second. A good investment. I get far more use out of those two books than any of the newer books I've got.
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Old 12-15-2005, 08:28 PM   #9
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Originally posted by Too Long In This Condition:
Just play free music you find on the internet..
Again- Scot's Guard GREAT book to learn tunes correctly that haven't been revised numerous times but inexperienced players..
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:39 PM   #10
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Scots Guards and then Donald MacLeod's 6 volumes seconded here.
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