In English. The National Piping Centre Piobaireachd Tutor Book. This book replaces the College of Piping Piobaireachd Tutor 4.
This book sets out the specaliased embellishments required to play piobaireachd, together with tunes which are graded in order of difficulty.
A step-by-step guide as taught by the National Piping Centre in Scotland. You will learn the piobaireachd movements and embellishments that are found
in the tune you are working on. Each embellishment has a full written explanation, as well as clear audio demonstations, available here:
After working on the embellishments, you will learn to play the theme and the suceeding variations.
You will also discover more about tune structure and classification. The structure of each piobaireachd is explained in the chapter where the tune
appears and there is also an appendix with more detail on structure and classification. Through understanding the structure, you will be able to phrase
the melody correctly and it also makes it easier to remember.
Information on canntairneachd (the oral tradition of piobaireachd) is also included in this book. The canntairneachd version of each embellishment is
explained and there is also a score of the tune with both staff and canntairneachd notation. The audo files have sung excerpts from the tunes in
Piobaireachd (which can also be spelt pibroch) is a Gaelic word which literally means piping. Its roots lie deep in the musical culture of the
Highlands of Scotland and is closely associated with the Gaelic language, the beautiful and expressive melodies of Gaelic song and the Highland harp
tradition. Individual tunes consist of theme and variations, which can become more complex as the piobaireachd progresses. The length can vary from
five minutes to about twenty minutes.
The piobaireachd tradition in Scotland is rich and varied and tunes were often passed down through the generations using a form of singing called
canntaireachd. The notation is introduced in this book. Reflecting the rich history of the Highlands, many of the tunes have tales and events
associated with them - gatherings, battles, births and deaths. Playing piobaireachd is a wonderful way to enjoy a greater insight into the culture of
Piobaireachd is also known as Ceol Mor, which means big or great music. The tunes give more scope for individual interpretation than light music and
while Ppiobaireach can be a challenge, it also offers great music reward for pipers.