Two videos of Callum playing polyphony on the Scottish smallpipe double chanter.
The first is the tune he played at this year's collogue. The second is the tune published in the current issue of Common Stock together with the article on 'Expanding the Scottish Smallpipe'
A4, 106 pages, illustrated with photographs and line drawings. Ring wire bound (portrait) allowing it to lie open on table or music stand.
Preface by Gordon Mooney. Introduction by Julian Goodacre.
The Manual is divided into 3 parts and 10 appendices.
Part 1 looks at some of the options for Acquiring a set of pipes; the different kinds of pipes to choose from, and the most suitable pitches to consider. There are tips on whether to hire a set, or buy new or second hand.
Part 2 is taken up with the Learning Process, and is divided into four logical steps:- familiarisation with the bellows: a first introduction to fingering the chanter: some basic grace notes with a first tune to try: and finally some more detailed methods and techniques. All the more important points are demonstrated (movie style) on the CD-ROM by Iain MacInnes.
Part 3 Tuning. To get the best possible sound from the pipes, the drones and chanter must be tuned both in their own right and to each other. In this part basic techniques, as well as alternative methods of tuning the drones, are given (and demonstrated on the CD-ROM), together with how to get the best out of the chanter.
The Appendices deal in turn with: Gracing: Basics of Notation: Reeds and Reed-making: Maintenance and Repair: Problem Solving: Playing Pressure: History (of Scottish bellows-blown pipes): Resources (including a limited discography): Glossary, and finally a collection of Tunes (which are graded Easy, Medium, Difficult). Where appropriate (with regard to Gracing, for instance, and some tunes), demonstrations are given by Iain MacInnes playing Scottish smallpipes.
As Julian Goodacre says in the Introduction:
This Manual will be of special benefit to the members of the Society who live overseas and are separated from makers and like-minded pipers by thousands of miles. I commend it not only to novices, but to seasoned pipers. There is a wealth of new tricks here for everyone.
More Power to Your Elbow on MAC machines: The current edition of the CD that accompanies More Power to Your Elbow will not run fully under the latest Mac operating Systems. However, the media files, which are in QuickTime format can be viewed individually as follows:
Open the CD folder, either from your desktop (if it is visible there) or from the Finder window. Here you will see a folder named 'Media'. This contains the QuickTime files, which can be viewed individually by the usual double-click on the file icon.
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PART 1 Acquiring a Set of Pipes
PART 2 The Learning Process
STEP I MAKING A START
STEP II STARTING TO PLAY
STEP III INTRODUCING GRACE NOTES
STEP IV METHODS AND TECHNIQUES
PART 3 The Principles of Tuning
APPENDIX 1 GRACING
APPENDIX 2 THE BASICS OF NOTATION
APPENDIX 3 REEDS AND REED MAKING
APPENDIX 4 MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
APPENDIX 5 PROBLEM SOLVING
APPENDIX 6 PLAYING PRESSURE
APPENDIX 7 HISTORY
APPENDIX 8 RESOURCES
APPENDIX 9 GLOSSARY
APPENDIX 10 TUNES
Ale is Dear, The
All the way to Newcastle
Auld Wife ayont the Fire, The
Sobers of Brechin, The
Bonny Lasses Connie Lasses
Bonny Braes of Elcho, The
Bride has a Bonny Thing, The
Bure of Carnie, The
Busk Ye, Busk Ye
Ca ' Hawkie through the Joater
Cock Knowe, The
Death of the Wren
Dinna think, my Bonny Lassie .....
Fairly Shot of Her
Favorite Dram, The
Fill the Stoup
First of May
Hare in the Corn, The
Herd of the Glen, The
Heroic Lad, The
Hey Ca' Thro'
Highland Jigg, A
Highland Solo, A
Highland Two-step, A
Hornpipe, A (Manchester)
I Hae a Wife of my Ane
Malt on the Optics
Merry Lads of Ayr
Moonlight on the Border
Pete Rowley's Hornpipe
Reel, A "taken from an old jigg"
Reel, A (after Gillie na Drobhair)
Richard the Rogue
Roses Blow, The
Tending the Steer, with a heavy heart
Wat Ye what I got late Yestreen
Wild Hills of Wannie, The
Would the Minister not Dance
CD Rom Index
Strapping on the bellows
Putting on the pipes
Holding the chanter
Pumping and squeezing at same time
Pleasing start and finish
Playing the chanter
Exercise 1 - bottom hand notes
Exercise 2 - top hand notes
Exercise 3 - all chanter notes
Exercise 4 - changing notes
Tuning a drone
Playing grace notes
Exercise 5 - G,D,E grace notes
Exercise 6 - grace notes
Exercise 7 - G grace note
Exercise 8 - D grace notes
Exercise 9 - E grace notes
Playing a simple tune
Exercise 10 - Finger exercises
Exercise 11 - fast note sequences
Tuning the baritone drone
High A grace
Strike and gracenote combined
Finale in the chapel (Cadal cha dan mi)
Blue Book, contents
Duets & harmonies for pipes in the same pitch
chanters set in pitches other than A should be fingered as if in A/D
Ay Fond Kiss
Battle of the Somme, The
Damson Tree, The
Duke of Holstein's March, The
Hector the Hero
Heights of Dargai, The
Lie Peacefully There
Mermaid's Song, The
Mill Mill O'
Morag of Dunvegan
Nut Brown Maiden
On Top of the Clints
Paddy's Leather Breeches
Wee highland Laddie
When the Battle is Over
Duets/harmonies for pipes in different pitches
4th/5th apart e.g. A & D: G&C: D & G: C & F &c. Tone apart, e.g.. G & A: C & D: Bb & C &c. Northumbrian and Scottish smallpipes (unison and harmony)
An Drochaid Chluteach
Athol Highlanders March, The
Battle of Waterloo
Clan Alba March
Crossing the Minch
Crossing the Sands
Dockyard Reel, The
Drink the Worts and Spill the Beer
Gillun nan Drobher
Golden Birch, The
Herd of the Glen
Kenmure's Up and Awa'
Lady's Plaything, The
Rowan Tree, The
Togail Curs Air Leodhas
Would the Minister not Dance
Suggested Session Tunes Book, contents72nds Farewell to Aberdeen
Ale is Dear, The
A Man's a Man for a' that
Athol Highlanders March, The
Barren Rocks of Aden
Barnyards O' Delgaty
Battle of the Somme, The
Blackberry Bush, The
Burning of the Piper's Hut
Carles wi' the Breeks, The
Cock o' the North, The
Da Merry Boys o' Greenland
Drink the Worts and Spill the Beer
Drops of Brandy
Earl of Mansfield, The
Follow Her over the Border
Foxhunter's Jig, The
Go to Berwick Johnnie
Hey Ca' Thru
High over Bunachton
High Road to Linton, The
Inverness Rant, The
Jenny Dang the Weaver
Jenny's Fain but Jocky's Fu'
John Anderson my Jo
Louden's Bonny Woods and Braes
Meeting of the Waters, The
Mill Mill O', The
Morag of Dunvegan
Newe way to bouden, The
Nut Brown Maiden
Old Rustic Bridge, The
Orange and Blue
Over the Hills and Far Away
Paddy's Leather breaches
Pawky Adam Glen
Piper of Drummond, The
Road to the Isles, The
Rock and the Wee Pickle Tow, The
Rocking the Baby
Rowan Tree, The
Skye Boat Song
Small Coals and Little Money
Sound of Sleat, The
Souters of Selkirk
Sweet Maid of Glendaruel, The
Teribus ye Terioden
Waters of Kylesku, The
Wee Totum Fogg
Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie
When the Battle is over
Where Shall our Guidman Ly
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