FREE eBOOKS: The Ultimate Piping Guides

The Ultimate Piping Guide—Starting Off: Tips and Advice for the Beginning Piper

The Ultimate Piping Guide—Starting Off: Tips and Advice for the Beginning Piper

Enjoy this first installment of free online guides. Feel free to download and distribute. This guide includes helpful tips for those starting off on the Highland bagpipe, setting up your instrument, and improving your playing experience. This short guide is written with the learner piper in mind, but there is useful information for pipers at all levels and experience.

Included in this guide:

• Starting Off Right: Eliminating the more frustrating aspects of the instrument.

• The Comfortable Bagpipe: The ideal bagpipe setup for comfort and steady playing.

• Synthetic Drone Reeds: Set-up tips for optimal performance of synthetic drone reeds.

• The Strike-In: Yes, You Can: No more blown attacks—learn the skills for the perfect, professional start. by Chris Hamilton


The Ultimate Piping Guide II—Piper's Mind: The Portable Piping Workshop

The Ultimate Piping Guide—Piper’s Mind: The Portable Piping Workshop

This second installment of exclusive online bagpiping guides focuses on the mind of the piper. After perusing Starting Off (above), the first downloadable ebook, pipers of all stripes can dive in to comprehensive essays and exercises that delve into the deeper reaches of the psyche – and get you thinking and acting in new ways. Pipers of all levels of playing experience can take something from this guide and refresh the way they approach their music.

Highlights of what is included in this guide:

Part I: You and your music
• The Music Is Yours
• Bagpipe Mind Games
Part II: You and your instrument
• Piping T.L.C.
• Pipehacker
Part III: You as musician
• On Creating and Composing for the Bagpipe
• The Imaginary Piper
• The Piper’s Breath


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