The Bagpipe Beginner kit includes a regular size, traditional look (plastic) practice chanter, plus a copy of the National Piping Centre's "Highland Bagpipe Tutor".
The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book was compiled using the experience of staff at the National Piping Centre, the NPC tutor book introduces music theory and basic repertoire of 'light music.' The tutor book is suited for all ages, and covers everything needed to play the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe.
The book is formated in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step structure. Each chapter introduces new elements of bagpipe music, the theory and technicalities and then in how to play in a practical concept. The lessons incorporate simple tunes from the outset, progressing to some classic bagpipe tunes, so that learners are developing a repertoire as they learn. The book includes about 30 full tunes, and also an excellent section of exercises and theory development in reading music, and understanding common time signatures and rhythm patterns.
Included is a CD ROM, where you can watch demonstrations and sound clips of the materiel covered in the chapters, allowing you to hear and see exactly what should be produced!
The Piping Centre's tutor is absolutely superb; it is extremely well done -- clear directions, good exercises, good beginner tunes, everything demonstrated on video on the CD, and excellent layout. - Jim McGillivray