The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book One - Beginners

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Learn The Highland Bagpipe 

The College of Piping's famous green tutor book was edited in 2017.

First published in September 1953, revised and edited by Robert Wallace from the original by Seumas MacNeill and Thomas Pearston.

Beginners Tutor One comes with video clips for each lesson, details found on page 3 of the book.


History of the Bagpipe
Preliminary Notes
Purchase, Care and Maintenance of the Practice Chanter
Lesson 1- Placing fingers on the chanter and playing the notes
Lesson 2 - Gracenotes
Lesson 3 - Throws on D
Lesson 4 - Your first tune - Scots Wha Ha'e
Lesson 5 - Strikes and second part of Scots Wha Ha'e
Lesson 6 - Strike on D, Half Doubling of F, and The Brown Haired Maiden
Lesson 7 - Second Part Brown Haired Maiden
Lesson 8 - Clefs, The Stave and note values
Lesson 9 - Double C and B and High Road To Gairloch
Lesson 10 - 2nd Part High Road To Gairloch
Lesson 11 - Double F and E and Highland Laddie
Lesson 12 - Double high A and 2nd measure Highland Laddie
Lesson 13 - The Grip and the Taorluath
Lesson 14 - The Birl of The Mist Covered Mountains
Lesson 15 - 2nd Part of The Mist Covered Mountains and The 79ths Farewell To Gibraltar
Lesson 16 - 2nd Part of The 79ths Farewell To Gibraltar
Lesson 17 - Grip to C and 3rd Part of The 79ths Farewell To Gibraltar
Lesson 18 - 4th Part of The 79ths Farewell To Gibraltar
Lesson 19 - Thumb Gracenote and the 1st Part of The Earl Of Mansfield March
Lesson 20 - Thumb Doubling and the 2ndPart of The Earl Of Mansfield March
Lesson 21 - 3rd Part of The Earl Of Mansfield March
Lesson 22 - 1st Part of The Inverness Rant
Lesson 23 - The Tachum and 2nd Part of The Inverness Rant
Lesson 24 - Strikes on B and C and The Piper Of Drummond
Lesson 25 - 2nd Part of The Piper Of Drummond
Lesson 26 - Rodin, Double D and Green Hills Of Tyrol
Lesson 27 - A New Movement and The Atholl Highlanders

The Campbells Are Coming and The Bloody Fields Of Flanders
The Piobaireachd of Donald Dhu
All The Blue Bonnets Are Over The Border
Practice Scales PDQB1/SQA2
Practice Scales PDQB2/SQA3
Appendix - PDQB/SQA Information and Syllabi

Video clips for each lesson available, details within the book. Cover updated 2019.

"In 2017, the "Green Tutor was edited, keeping faithfully to its original flow and integrity, in order to bring it into line with these PDQB/SQA guidelines. Students will now have fully explained lessons which will track the PDQB/SQA standards and examinations. It is of great advantage to pipers both in Scotland and other countries to gain the academic currency which comes along with these qualification. Detailed information and syllabi are contained in an appendix at the end of the book." - Colin R MacLellan, Director Of Piping, The College Of Piping, Glasgow. June 2017.

"It is now more than fifty years since the original College Of Piping Tutor 1 was published. I am confident that through this revised edition it will continue to commend itself to learner pipers and their instructors for many years to come."
Robert Wallace, Principal.

"To make a piper go seven years...At the end of his seven years one born to it will stand at the start of knowledge, and leaning a fond ear to to the drone he may have parley with old folks of old affairs. Playing the tune of the Fairy Harp, he can hear his forefolk, plaided in skins, towsy-headed and terrible, grunting at the oars and snoring in the caves, he has his own whittle and club in The Desperate Battle (my own tune, my darling), where the white-haired sea-rovers are on the shore, and a stain's on the edge of the tide; or, trying his art on Laments, he can stand by the cairn of kings, ken the colour of Final's hair, and see the moon -glint on the hook of the Druids." Neil Munro.

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