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Rhythmic Fingerwork: Instruction in Technique for the Highland Bagpipe

There is no piping instruction book quite like this one, where you are encouraged and taught how to improve your music by focusing on your technique. Here in a nutshell is what Rhythmic Fingerwork can do for you:

  • 141 exercises covering all technique needed to play light music (marches, slow marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs, hornpipes)
  • detailed instruction on how to play and practice each exercise
  • audio CD demonstrating all exercises
  • a practical philosophy to help you understand gracenoting

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Suitable for all levels except complete beginners, Rhythmic Fingerwork has sold more than 20,000 copies since its release in 1998. It continues to draw rave reviews for its common-sense approach to the challenging technique of the Highland bagpipe. In addition to being a great self-study tool, it is also a great practical tool for teachers and teaching programs.

Rhythmic Fingerwork
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TRADE inquiries and band or school orders are welcome. Please email me at  jimmcg@piping.on.ca

Piobaireachd Fingerwork: Instruction in Piobaireachd Technique for the Highland Bagpipe

Piobaireachd Fingerwork takes the same approach as its predecessor, breaking the difficult technique of piobaireachd down into manageable components that are understandable and that come together into complete movements.

There are 118 exercises and five complete piobaireachds to help you put the exercises into practice. All are recorded into MP3 files that are easily downloaded from a web location specified in the book.

The book deals not only with piobaireachd movements, it also describes the most common piobaireachd variations (dithis, siubhal, breabach, etc) and how they have been traditionally played.

One whole chapter is devoted to how to read scores as printed in the Piobaireachd Society and Kilberry collections. Another details the intricacies of canntaireachd, the piper’s musical language.

Piobaireachd Fingerwork even addresses movements as they were published well before the Piobaireachd Society existed in the works of Angus Mackay, Donald MacDonald and others.

If you’ve always wanted to try piobaireachd, or if you want to improve your fundamentals in a logical, proven, and easy-to-understand method, this is your chance!

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Piobaireachd Fingerwork
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Pipes Ready! A Set-up and Maintenance Guide for the Great Highland Bagpipe by Jim McGillivray

This entertaining and information-packed 86-minute instructional DVD covers all aspects of bagpipe maintenance, from hemping to reed manipulation. It is presented in Jim McGillivray’s clear, lucid and articulate style, with demonstrations of techniques provided throughout.

Pipes Ready! DVD
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Pipes Up! A Complete Tuning Tutor for the Great Highland Bagpipe by Jim McGillivray

In this comprehensive 2 hour and 20 minute DVD, Jim McGillivray covers all aspects of tuning the bagpipe – tuning drones, tuning the chanter, tuning two chanters, using a tuning meter, adjusting reeds and chanters to improve tuning, and more. Learn how to solve the problems that will undermine your best tuning efforts. There is nothing like this video anywhere!

Pipes Up! DVD
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The College of Piping Highland Bagpipe Tutor

Also known as “The Green Book,” the College of Piping Tutor was produced in 1953 and has been updated many times since. It is by far the biggest selling piping book ever produced. All exercises and tunes are demonstrated using online videos. It is best used along with an instructor.

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The College of Piping Highland Bagpipe Tutor
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The National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book

This tutor was produced by the National Piping Centre in 2001. While also at its best when used with an instructor, if you don’t get to see an instructor very often it lends itself very well to self-study. It comes with a CD-ROM.

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The National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book
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The National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Piobiareachd Tutor Book

Published to 2017, this tutor offers the same high production values and lucid explanations as it’s predecessor above, but now the subject the Ceol Mor — the Big Music of the bagpipe. Again, the book lends itself very well to self-instruction. Recorded demonstrations are streamed from the National Piping Centre website.

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The National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Book
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  • $38.00
    Rhythmic Fingerwork: Instruction in Technique for the Highland Bagpipe

    There is no piping instruction book quite like this one, where you are encouraged and taught to improve your music by focusing on your technique.  In a nutshell, here is what Rhythmic Fingerwork can offer you:  141 exercises covering all light music technique; detailed instruction on how to play and practice each exercise; recordings demonstrating all exercises, and a practical philosophy to help you understand gracenoting.  The book is suitable for all levels except complete beginners.  Rhythmic Fingerwork has gone through numerous printings since its release in 1998 and continues to draw rave reviews for its common-sense approach to the challenging technique of the Highland bagpipe. In addition to being a great self-study tool, it is also a great practical tool for teachers and teaching programs.

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  • $38.00
    Piobaireachd Fingerwork: Instruction in Piobaireachd Technique for the Highland Bagpipe

    Piobaireachd Fingerwork takes exactly the same approach as its predecessor, Rhythmic Fingerwork, breaking down the challenging technique of Piobaireachd into manageable morsels that are understandable, and then bringing them together into complete movements. There are 118 exercises and five complete Piobaireachds to help you put the exercises into practice. All are recorded onto MP3 files that are easily downloaded from a web location specified in the book.

    The book deals not only with Piobaireachd movements, it also describes the most common Piobaireachd variations (dithis, siubhal, breabach, etc) and how they have traditionally been played.

    One whole chapter is devoted to helping you learn how to read scores as printed in the Piobaireachd Society and Kilberry collections. Another details the intricacies of canntaireachd, the pipers’ musical language.

    Piobaireachd Fingerwork even addresses movements as they were published well before the Piobaireachd Society, in the works of Angus Mackay, Donald MacDonald and others.

    If you’ve always wanted to try Piobaireachd, or if you want to improve your fundamentals in a logical, proven, and easy-to-understand method, this book is for you!

     

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    The Fingerwork Books Two-Pack

    Whip those fingers into shape! Get both Rhythmic Fingerwork and Piobaireachd Fingerwork at once and save a few bucks. (save $6)

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  • $18.50
    Pipes Ready! A Set-up and Maintenance Guide for the Great Highland Bagpipe

    This entertaining and information-packed 86-minute instructional DVD covers all aspects of bagpipe maintenance, from hemping to reed manipulation, to installing bags, to controlling moisture. It is presented in Jim McGillivray’s clear, lucid and articulate style, with demonstrations provided throughout.

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  • $18.50
    Pipes Up! A Complete Tuning Tutor for the Great Highland Bagpipe

    In this comprehensive 2 hour and 20 minute professionally produced film, Gold Medalist Jim McGillivray covers all aspects of tuning the bagpipe – tuning drones, tuning the chanter, tuning two chanters, using a tuning meter, adjusting reeds and chanters to improve tuning and more. Hear how to solve the problems that will cunningly undermine your best tuning efforts. There is nothing like this video anywhere!

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    Pipes Ready!-Pipes Up! Two-Pack

    Get both Pipes Ready! and Pipes Up! maintenance and tuning films for one low price. (save $7)

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    Rhythmic Fingerwork Series

    Special savings if you buy all three items in the Rhythmic Fingerwork series: the Rhythmic Fingerwork technical tutor and CD, Pipes Ready! DVD and Pipes Up! DVD. (Reg CAD $98)

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  • $63.00
    The National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book for Beginners

    Compiled using the extensive experience of staff at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, the NPC’s superb Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book introduces music theory, the notes of the bagpipe, gracenoting, lots of helpful exercises and some basic repertoire.  It is professionally produced, with clear directions, good exercises, good beginner tunes, and everything demonstrated on video.  The layout is excellent.  It also lends itself very well to self-instruction, though it’s a good idea to see an instructor periodically to make sure you are on the right track!

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    “The Green Book:” The College of Piping Tutor

    Working together in 1953, shortly after the College of Piping was founded, Seumas MacNeill and Thomas Pearston little knew that they were publishing what would become the best selling piping tutor of all time, with hundreds of thousands sold.  It has been updated several times since it was first published, with video demonstrations provided online.  It doesn’t lend itself as well to self-study as the National Piping Centre tutor, but more pipers have learned how to play with an instructor taking them through this book than by any other method. Note that some of the packages below show a version of this book with its previous cover; however, the content is the same.

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    Beginner Tutor Starter Package

    You don’t have to stick to one teaching method! Two tutors may in fact be better than one, especially if it is cheaper to buy them both at once! (Regular price CAD $100.50)

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  • $55.00
    The National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Book

    Published in 2017, this tutor offers the same high production values and lucid explanations as the NPC’s beginner tutor, but now the subject is Ceol Mor – the Big Music.  Again, the book lends itself very well to self-instruction.  Recorded demonstrations are streamed from the National Piping Centre website. Note that additional shipping charges are assessed at checkout due to the weight of this item.

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    Complete Tutor Starter Book Package: College of Piping, National Piping Centre, Rhythmic Fingerwork

    The music of the Highland bagpipe is simple; the technique is difficult. As you proceed through the two beginner tutors you will reach a point where the clear and lucid teaching of technique provided in Rhythmic Fingerwork will help you keep your gracenoting and basic fingering clean.  Save money by buying all three. (Regular price CAD $146.50)

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    Complete Tutor Package with Poly Chanter

    Start with everything you need in this complete tutor starter package:  The College of Piping “Green Book”, the National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book, and Rhythmic Fingerwork, along with a John Walsh long polypenco practice chanter. (Regular price CAD $253.50)

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  • $408.00
    Complete Tutor Starter Package with Wood Practice Chanter

    Start with everything you need in this complete tutor starter package:  the College of Piping “Green Book”, the National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book and Rhythmic Fingerwork, but upgrade to a John Walsh long wooden practice chanter.  You will be asked to specify whether you want the bottom of the chanter to have an imitation ivory ring, a nickel ring, or a wood sole. (Regular price CAD $423.50)

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  • $170.50
    National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book with Polypenco Practice Chanter

    You can get your piping career started pretty inexpensively with this combo beginner pack. (Regular price CAD $178)

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  • $338.00
    National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book with Wood Practice Chanter

    Upgrade your National Piping Center Tutor package with a John Walsh long practice chanter in Mexican Royal Ebony. You will be asked to specify whether you want the bottom of the chanter to have an imitation ivory ring, and nickel ring, or a wood sole. (Regular price $348)

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  • $146.50
    College of Piping “Green Book” Tutor with Polypenco Practice Chanter

    You can get your piping career started even less expensively with this combo beginner pack. (Regular price CAD $152.50)

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  • $310.50
    College of Piping “Green Book” Tutor with Wood Practice Chanter

    Upgrade your College of Piping “Green Book” tutor package with a John Walsh long practice chanter in Mexican Royal Ebony.  You will be asked to specify whether you want the bottom of the chanter to have an imitation ivory ring, a nickel ring, or a wood sole. (Regular price CAD $322.50)

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  • $205.50
    College of Piping “Green Book,” National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book with Polypenco Practice Chanter

    Add a John Walsh polypenco practice chanter to these two classic tutors and save some cash. (Regular price CAD $212.50)

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  • $350.00
    Rhythmic Fingerwork, Piobaireachd Fingerwork, Wood Practice Chanter Package

    If you’re ready to upgrade your playing using the two Fingerwork books, maybe you’re ready to upgrade your sound to a Mexican Royal Ebony practice chanter from John Walsh.  You will be asked to specify whether you want the bottom of the chanter to have an imitation ivory ring, a nickel ring, or a wood sole. (Regular price CAD $361)

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  • $87.50
    Piobaireachd Fingerwork/National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Book

    You can’t do much better for published piobaireachd instruction than these two comprehensive tutors together! (Regular price CAD $93) Note that additional shipping charges are assessed at checkout due to the weight of these items.

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  • $97.50
    Complete Rhythmic Fingerwork Series Pack

    If you haven’t yet experienced the benefits of Rhythmic Fingerwork, maybe this is the time to take advantage of all four productions in the series:  the Rhythmic Fingerwork and Piobaireachd Fingerwork books and the Pipes Ready! and Pipes Up! maintenance and tuning videos. (Regular price CAD $113)

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  • $45.00
    National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book 2: Transition to Bagpipes

    This tutor from the National Piping Centre provides a step-by-step playing and maintenance guide to help you as you transition from the practice chanter to the bagpipe.

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  • $95.00
    Transition to Pipes Package

    If you’re just moving onto pipes from practice chanter, this combination package of Jim McGillivray’s Pipes Ready! and Pipes Up! maintenance and tuning DVDs and The National Piping Centre’s Transition to Bagpipes tutor has just about all the information you’ll need to make this challenging transition. This package gives you great teaching at a reduced price. CAD $95 (Reg CAD $102)

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    Highland Bagpipe Makers, by Jeannie Campbell

    This groundbreaking exploration into the craftsman who have made bagpipes since the late 1700s is an absolute must for anyone interested in vintage pipes or the history of pipemaking.  Jeannie Campbell was a long-time employee of the College of Piping and remains one of the most important historical researchers in the piping world. Note that additional shipping charges are assessed at checkout due to the weight of this item.

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    More Highland Bagpipe Makers, by Jeannie Campbell

    Subtitled “A supplementary volume to the second edition,” Jeannie Campbell continues her exploration into pipemakers without repeating information already provided in her first book.  This book unearths previously unknown or un-remembered pipemakers and adds fascinating historical information to some of the great bagpipe makers profiled in the first book. Note that additional shipping charges are assessed at checkout due to the weight of this item.

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    Bagpipe Makers Value Pack: Highland Bagpipe Makers and More Highland Bagpipe Makers, by Jeannie Campbell

    Save by buying both of Jeannie’s superb bagpipe maker books in one package. (Regular price CAD $105) Note that additional shipping charges are assessed at checkout due to the weight of these items.

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