A concise yet comprehensive piping tutor book (also available in French* & German) which takes the complete beginner through all the instruction and movements necessary to become a top class piper. Each of the 20 lessons concentrates on a different aspect of bagpipe fingeringwork, with exercises designed to improve dexterity and to develop technique, with suggested metronome timings for their practice. The first tune we learn is Amazing Grace, the well-known hymn. Some students may be able to play the tune accurately after only a few week diligent study of this manual. Each lesson has either a sound or video file to accompany it – so you can actually see or hear how to make the movements, not just read about them. These are available free here. On the Piping Press home page www.pipingpress.com click on the tutor images.
‘Really impressed with this and books 2 & 3. The step by step element makes natural progression very easy to follow. I have only just started using these books recently and would recommend them to tutors. A mixture of the CoP and the Logan’s Tutor.’ – Jim Semple, noted teacher, six times Worlds winner with Strathclyde Police and a respected RSPBA judge.
‘As a saxophone and a piano player since many years, I’ve also just begun practice chanter lessons for one month. I daily use The Bagpipe Tutor 1. I really would like to tell you that the methode and Robert’s explanations are clear, excellent and very pedagogical! Merci aussi pour les traductions en français disponibles sur le site web, c’est très utile. Keep on the good work! Musical salutations from Belgium.’ – Pierre Lebrun
Combine this book with a standard poly practice chanter for the perfect starter kit.
* There is a French translation of the spoken words used to accompany the audio and video files for each lesson here.