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Accompanying a Singer 2 years 11 months ago #116

I have recently had the opportunity to play with a singer and would like to develop this further. Are there any songbooks suitable for the small pipes or can anyone recomend suitable tunes with harmonies. I have most of the tune books listed on the LBPS site.

Roddy
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Re: Accompanying a Singer 2 years 11 months ago #118

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Do you have Judy Barker's CD? Chanters Weave; I've sent her a link to your post; she is currently the world authority on the subject, I think.
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Re: Accompanying a Singer 2 years 11 months ago #119

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Davy Robertson is well worth a listen too; see this year's competition results. Here
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Re: Accompanying a Singer 2 years 10 months ago #180

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Hi Roddy
Sorry it has taken so long for me to respond to your message. I don't know of any song books specifically for the pipes and have tended to simply pick songs I like and do my own arrangements for them. It's not difficult to work out a simple harmony for most songs and I like to do this organically i.e. I lock myself away from other ears and sing the song with the pipes - I usually make a horrible noise until the right harmonies emerge! If you are accompanying a singer I suggest you record the song with the singer, playing the melody line and then use the recording to practice your harmonies against.
It's great to hear that you are developing this - perhaps we'll hear you at next year's Annual Competition in the Pipe and Voice Duet class?
Perhaps I should think about creating a book of my songs / harmonies..........when I have time!!!

All the best

Judy
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Re: Accompanying a Singer 2 years 10 months ago #183

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One of my favourites: Hug Oreanno Ro Gur Toigh Leam Fhin Thu
sung and played by Allan MacDonald on his CD Colla Ma Run; the tune is published in his latest book.

www.scotlandsmusic.com/ is another rich source, it's all in the name...
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Re: Accompanying a Singer 2 years 10 months ago #184

Thank you all for your input. Unfortunately the singing project has been deferred till the New Year. Ceilidh Dance work with the accordion has taken over but I have been taking the SSPs with me and play them whenever I can. The audiences love their sound and are facinated by their history.

Thanks again
Roddy
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