Top 10 Books about Bagpipes

 

Out of the various wind instruments like flutes, saxophones, and clarinet, bagpipes have been the longest known of them all. It is composed of an airbag with pipes of different frequencies that is why the name bag-pipes. Highland Bagpipes were the most widespread forms and were originated in Scotland during its usage in the British military. The list of bagpipe books, which teach us various techniques of the same, is mentioned below.

 

Hal Leonard Bagpipe Method

It is a comprehensive guide for amateur bagpipe learners. It teaches you from the grassroots level to the advanced level and is accompanied by DVDs of various tutorials wherever required, including extra tips too.

Read it For:
To learn Highland bagpipes from the beginning contains all relevant techniques and demonstrations.
Don't Read it For:
Bit less for the advanced player
What makes this book stand out?:
The expert teacher gives you the best information on learning this instrument.

Logan’s Complete Tutor for the Highland Bagpipe

Authored by John A. Maclellan, this book is one of the best of all bagpipe music books. It is very instructional and details out the most important techniques and steps for extensively learning this instrument. It teaches us everything from the initial step to the most advanced solutions to our hurdles in getting stuck.

Read it For:
This book is useful for beginner players to the advanced ones.
Don't Read it For:
if you don’t want to learn bagpipes, then only.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being a perfect resource, it is considered as the book of the bagpipe. It helps you even during frustrating lessons.

Bagpipe Sheet Music Book With Finger Positions

Written by Stoney Circle, it has been designed for learning sheet music, which is a very important tool for improving your expertise in music. It consists of various graphs and little text to make the readers understand this particular prowess of Highland Bagpipe.

Read it For:
Contains numerous songs for learning and implementing them on the instrument.
Don't Read it For:
Other lessons than sheet and finger positions.
What makes this book stand out?:
Tutoring you on learning some nice songs on bagpipes.

Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics

This book written by Arthur H. Benade, is one of the foremost books for beginning and learning any musical instrument from scratch. It gives us a detailed outlook to comprehend every little spec of our technique and make it into a masterpiece. It also discusses the use of music today in various career prospects.

Read it For:
For details on sound production and its properties.
Don't Read it For:
Not updated with some modern techniques that have risen lately.
What makes this book stand out?:
It stands out for: Correcting our imperfections through the perspective of physics, differentiates this book.
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Scots Guards Standard Settings of Pipe Music

A masterpiece by various authors, it is a must for those who want to learn the application of their skills in composing music. It has vital lessons on covering already made songs on the bagpipe.

Read it For:
Masterfully written, depicts the importance of standardizing a particular and unique way for yourself in handling the bagpipe.
Don't Read it For:
Not specifically for bagpipes, rather for all pipe instruments.
What makes this book stand out?:
The employment of proper setting and tuning for your bagpipe.

W Ross’ Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music

This book is a complete amalgamation of Highland marches, reels, jigs and strathspeys, all of these being the techniques and types of music played with Highland Bagpipes. It has a vast collection of songs too from the old school music to the music for operas.

Read it For:
Experience of W Ross makes it more gripping and more like a story of his encounters with the pipe.
Don't Read it For:
Discusses more the songs than the lessons
What makes this book stand out?:
Having the most extensive and large-ranged songs.

A Piper’s Book of Themes

P.M. Ray De Lange is the writer for this theme-describing highland book. This book is a long compilation of many styles and genres of tunes. It is a great resource for all the budding bagpipers with its vast range of music from television, movie themes till just fun-to-play music.

Read it For:
Adapting to the fast-changing music environment. It gives all lessons to teach you that.
Don't Read it For:
Gets monotonous at times
What makes this book stand out?:
The vast collection of songs that can be played is a hidden gem.

Traditional Irish Music for the Bagpipe

An inspiring and unique collection of traditional Irish music that has been arranged for the bagpiper by the author, Dave Rickard. Fifty pieces have been provided, some are difficult-to-find, and others have never been used before in bagpipe bands, but all are familiar tunes or melodies which will entertain and enthrall performers and audiences alike.

Read it For:
An entertaining read. Gives you the hold of the not-so-known songs too.
Don't Read it For:
Is not very vast
What makes this book stand out?:
For you to be a good transition bagpiper, this book is a must

A Piper’s Book of Christmas Carols

Again a masterpiece by P.M. Ray De Lange, this book is one of the professors of all bagpipe music books. It has a huge collection of 45 songs on the holiday theme of Christmas. They all are carols, but a genuine teacher for the bagpipe.

Read it For:
Such a large collection and also their tuning and sheet music is a major plus
Don't Read it For:
Some tunes might seem offbeat
What makes this book stand out?:
Partner of the bagpipe for the coming Christmas season.

The Book of the Bagpipe

Written by Hugh Cheape, this is different than all other above books. It represents the history and evolution of bagpipes from the early times till now. Decorated with visually-pleasing illustrations and photographs, this book is truly a gift for those who want to learn the history and rise of the bagpipe and Celtic music as of today.

Read it For:
Gaining knowledge about the advent and usage of bagpipes even from the very early times. One of the only books about the different kinds of bagpipes.
Don't Read it For:
Seems philosophical at times.
What makes this book stand out?:
Imparting the knowledge of the coming of this musical instrument in today’s era.

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