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Malcome Kaird's Come Again

One of the bagpipe settings included in George Skene's Music Book, 1717. The oldest known notated bagpipe music from Scotland



Lugging It

'Lugging It' was Matt Seattle’s term for ‘learning by ear’

This article was provoked by a discussion on the Bob Dunsire forum regarding the delicate question of teaching tunes in workshops, and whether this should be done by ear or from ‘the dots’.

I am convinced of the value of being able to learn ‘by ear’, but for many this is a challenge. However, I feel that there are ways in which music can successfully be taught without ‘dots’; the following is a sample ‘lesson’ which explores one of these ways. It is not meant to be an actual lesson, but aproposal for the kind of lesson that might help. It is here for you to comment on.

There are sound files which attempt to substitute for a tutor’s playing, but since I had to record them myself, they are for guidance only [it may help to play them on a loop using windows media player settings].

Go to part one this sample lesson by clicking here [opens in new window]

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Pastoral Pipes to return to Edinburgh


This magnificent set of pastoral pipes, probably made by Hugh Robertson in Edinburgh in the late 18th century, will be coming back to Edinburgh next month having been acquired by the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments at auction on Thursday, September 19th

 Many, many thanks to those who contributed. We look forward to seeing the pipes when they arrive some tiimme in mid-October.

full details at the auctioneers site: http://gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/Catalogues/mi220713/lot0024.html

Sarah's Song

Just for fun, Pete Stewart plays Phil Cunningham's 'Sarah's Song' on an English Great Pipe made by Julian Goodacre with bass drone in D and a Scottish Smallpipe chanter in A [also by Julian ]