You have purchased one of the most professional and popular books for learning the bagpipes. It includes many well known and traditional melodies, all the finger techniques and in contrast to other bagpipe books there are many exercises that you will need to learn the bagpipes successfully. The book is suitable for absolute beginners all the way to advanced pipers, for studying on your own or as a classroom companion book. In 29 easy to understand lessons, you will find crystal clear instructions on how to play the bagpipes from scratch. This book by Andreas Hambsch is also used for training purposes by many professional bands and bagpipe schools. The books aim is to give the student the basic information to create a technically and musically solid foundation that will provide expert help and guidance on the route to becoming an accomplished piper. The combi method is all about learning the fingering techniques and doing the exercises with matching melodies. With this book, Andreas Hambsch has established a milestone that marks the teaching of the Scottish bagpipes with the combi method, helping beginners and advanced players to achieve rapid success. It is a professional educational tool to help you to learn how to play and understand the bagpipes. Andreas Hambsch began playing the bagpipes in 1993. He has won many high profile solo competitions and for some years was also a member of the Scottish Grade 1 professional bagpipe band, competing against the best pipe bands in the world. In 2007, he completed his teachers examination at the Scottish College of Piping and received the colleges highest diploma in the art of bagpipe playing in 2010. He then opened a bagpipe school and since then has worked as a full time teacher tutoring students from all over the world. Andreas Hambsch also hosts band workshops, teaches at international summer and winter schools and makes a major contribution towards making Scottish music better known all over the world. Thanks to his musical and social skills as a bagpipe teacher, he is very popular with his students and his services as a teacher are very much in demand. With this book, Andreas Hambsch has established a milestone that marks the teaching of the Scottish bagpipes with the combi method, helping beginners and advanced players to achieve rapid success. It is a professional educational tool to help you to learn how to play and understand the bagpipes.
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More learning aids that supplement the book
Lesson 01 – Fingering on the Practice Chanter (Exercise Flute)
Lesson 02 – Scales and Exercises
Lesson 03 – Music Theory
Lesson 04 – Single Grace Notes
Lesson 05 – Changing Notes with a Grace Note
Lesson 06 – The “Throw on D” and your First Tune
Lesson 07 – Half Strike and Double High G
Scots Wha Ha’e “Parts 1 and 2”
Lesson 08 – Strike, Double High A and Grip
Lesson 09 – Double B, Double C and the Birl
High Road to Gairloch
Lesson 10 – Learning by Heart
Lesson 11 – Double E and Double F
Lesson 12 – More Grace Notes and Doublings
Brown Haired Maiden
Lesson 13 – Note-Changing Exercises / Crossing Noises
Lesson 14 – The G Grace Note Birl
Lesson 15 – Rodin
The Green Hills of Tyrol
Lesson 16 – Right and Wrong Habits
Lesson 17 – Revision
Lesson 18 – The Taorluath and Revision of the Grip
Scotland the Brave
Lesson 19 – Rhythm / Monotone Exercises
Lesson 20 – G-D-E Single Grace Note Jumps
Paddy’s Leather Breeches
Lesson 21 – The Set of Bagpipes
Lesson 22 – Strathspey Triplets
Lesson 23 – Tachum, Double Tachum and Darodo
Devil in the Kitchen
Devil in the Kitchen
Morag of Dunvegan
Lesson 24 – Fast Finger Exercise
Lesson 25 – Music Theory
Lesson 26 – More Exercises and Embellishments
Lesson 27 – More Tunes
Jock Wilson’s Ball
The Mermaid Song
Orange and Blue
The High Road To Linton
The Skye Boat Song
P.M. Joe Wilson’s Welcome to the C.o.P.
Lesson 28 – Gracenotes, Embellishments and Exercises
Lesson 29 – Piobaireachd Embellishments
In 1993, I began learning how to play the bagpipes at the ripe old age of 13 – and since the very first day, I’ve been working to improve my playing skills and find out everything I could about the “Great Highland Bagpipe”.
I’ve been teaching the pipes for many years now and since it’s a well-known fact that teachers also learn from their pupils, I’ve had the best of both worlds! I developed my own teaching methods over the years and visited many international schools to be trained by the world’s best teachers.
In 2007 I completed my training as a certified bagpipe tutor and in 2010 I was awarded the highest diploma of the ** PDQB (SCQF Level 8) at the College of Piping in Glasgow, Scotland.
Building on these foundations, I opened my bagpipe school in 2010. Since then I’ve been a professional tutor, teaching beginners, soloists and bagpipe band members all over the world.
Between 2012 and 2014, I published the world’s first DVD bagpipe tutorials. The DVDs cover all the fingering techniques and many exercises for the Scots bagpipe and they complement this book perfectly.
I really wanted to publish everything that I’ve ever learned about “the pipes” in this book. It’s a professional educational tool to help you to learn how to play the bagpipes – but it also goes beyond that.
When you’re learning how to play the pipes, you’ll not only need good teaching tools (like this book and the DVDs), but professional tuition is also crucial, because it will help you avoid getting into the habit of making unnecessary mistakes.
I wish you lots of success and enjoyment in learning this wonderful instrument.
**PDQB - The Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board
The book description from page →
“Good music comes from the heart of the musician and lives in the hearts of the listening audience”
( - Andreas Hambsch - )
What you’ll need in addition to this book
An A4-sized music book with empty staffs (note lines). You’ll write your exercises in your music book
the tunes you’ll learn, because physically writing them down is really an
help for the learning process.
During your first year of learning, you’ll also need a practice chanter (exercise flute). You can find one in any specialised shop for bagpipes and accessories. The staff there will be able to give you the special advice you need. If you have a tutor, ask him or her to recommend a practice chanter and accessories.
You’ll learn the first fingerings and tunes on your practice chanter and after around 8-16 months (depending on the time you spend on the exercises), you’ll have reached lesson 21. Then it will be time for you to transfer what you’ve learned on your chanter to the “big” bagpipes – but the practice chanter will always accompany you when you’re learning fingering exercises and new tunes.
The Structure of the Book
Bagpipe music has melody notes (they’re the big notes, which represent the melody of the tune) and grace notes (the small notes), which “grace” or embellish the melody.
With its combi-method and twenty-nine lessons, this book is structured in such a way that you can absorb and memorise the melody and grace notes systematically and successfully.
The combi-method is all about learning the fingering technique and doing the exercises with their matching melodies. The DVDs contain the acoustic and visual versions of all the exercises in this book, plus the first five tunes played at different speeds. You can buy the DVDs in the online store at www.bagpiper-andy.de/bagpipe-shop.html. The combi-method consists of the book and the DVDs together.
Each lesson in the book will bring you one step closer to your goal of becoming a good piper. Work through the lessons conscientiously – only start the next one if you’re sure you’ve mastered the previous lesson’s exercises and can play them correctly.
By the time you’ve finished with this book, you’ll have learned twenty-one bagpipe tunes (yes, twenty-one!) with all their grace notes. But keep working on your fingering technique every day – and expand your repertoire using sheet music that you can buy in your bagpipe shop.
This textbook is suitable for studying without a teacher, but it’s also the ideal companion book if you are taking private lessons.
On the last page you’ll find a summary of all the exercises in the chapters, plus the embellishments of classical music (Piobaireachd).
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