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Piobaireachd Fingerwork:
Instruction in Piobaireachd Technique for the Highland Bagpipe


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Rhythmic Fingerwork technical tutor

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Hi Jim:
Your book arrived yesterday and I just finished reading every page! It is a masterpiece! You take every movement and reduce it to the most basic steps needed to play the movement, and then put it all back together, one simple step at a time! That is exactly what pipers need to build or even rebuild their piobaireachd movements! Thank you so much for doing this. I will use it in my teaching for years to come!
Scott Williams,
Antigonish, Nova Scota

Piobaireachd Fingerwork takes exactly the same approach as its predecessor, breaking the difficult technique of piobaireachd into bite-size morsels that are understandable and that come together into complete movements.

There are 118 exercises and five complete piobaireachds to help you put the exercises into practice. All are recorded into mp3 files that are easily downloaded from a web location specified in the book.

The book deals not only with piobaireachd movements, it also describes the most common piobaireachd variations (dithis, siubhal, breabach, etc) and how they have been traditionally played.

One whole chapter is devoted to how to read scores as printed in the Piobaireachd Society and Kilberry collections. Another details the intricacies of canntaireachd, the pipers’ musical language.

Piobaireachd Fingerwork even addresses movements as they were published well before the Piobaireachd Society, in the works of Angus Mackay, Donald MacDonald and others.

I had a few hours to go through your book on Saturday morning with my practice chanter. I wanted to send you a note letting you know, for what it’s worth, that I think you have done an incredible job explaining movements and general piobaireachd as well as providing excellent exercises along the way. This book certainly holds the same weight as the first. No doubt this will be on my recommended list to any learners of piobaireachd. Absolutely first rate!
Doug MacRae, P/M, 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band

If you’ve always wanted to try piobaireachd, or if you want to improve your fundamentals in a logical, proven, and easy-to-understand method, this is your chance!

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Piobaireachd Fingerwork
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I couldn't be more pleased with Piobaireachd Fingerwork! Your book has laid the foundation for understanding what great pleasure Pioaireachd gives one. I've played fiddle all my life and after being introduced to playing bagpipes 18 years ago, I never thought that I would arrive at this point to try playing piobaireachd. It looked too hard and sounded too difficult to play. Thanks to your and your book I'm now progressing. I'm now 64 years old and loving every minute of being given the chance to continue on my musical journey! 
Ron Gain, Smiths Falls, Ontario             


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"I just wanted to say thank you for your Fingerwork books. I am an adult beginner, starting the PC at 54, got my pipes at 55, and now I'm working with a local band to debut with them in August as my first "gig." In the beginning, my teacher started me with your Rhythmic Fingerwork book first thing. I travel a lot in my work, and I lost my first copy somewhere on the road -- most likely left in a hotel (I always take my PC on business trips). I went without it for a few months before purchasing a new one. I again started my practice sessions with fingerwork exercises and realized just how vital those exercises are to my piping -- loosen up the fingers before playing tunes, timing, rhythm... I have just started on your Piobaireachd Fingerwork, along with my first tune. I've downloaded the MP3 files on my computer, and listen and play along -- extremely helpful. I am working towards my first goal of testing for Gr4 certification in June. I don't think I would be this far along in my piping after only 2 years without your books to practice from. Thank you!"
Melody Farquhar
Cupertino, California

Rhythmic Fingerwork:
Instruction in Technique for the Highland Bagpipe


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Rhythmic Fingerwork technical tutor
Since first publication in 1998, Rhythmic Fingerwork has sold more than 13,000 copies world wide.

There is no piping instruction book quite like this one, where you are encouraged and taught how to improve your music by focusing on your technique. Here in a nutshell is what Rhythmic Fingerwork can offer you:

  • 141 exercises covering all light music technique
  • Detailed instruction on how to play and practise each exercise
  • Audio CD demonstrating all exercises
  • A practical philosophy to help you understand gracenoting

Suitable for all levels except complete beginners, Rhythmic Fingerwork has gone through 5 printings since its release in 1998 and continues to draw raves for it common-sense approach to the difficult technique of the Highland bagpipe. In addition to being a great self-study tool, it is also a great practical tool for teachers and teaching programs

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What Rhythmic Fingerwork Users are Saying

"I strongly recommend that all pipers, from novice to professional, who have an interest in becoming better technical and rhythmic players take a hard look at Rhythmic Fingerwork."
     -Bruce Gandy, The Piper and Drummer, Aug/98

"I am writing to thank you for compiling and publishing your book, Rhythmic Fingerwork, and I wanted you to know it has made a big difference in this solo competitor's life down here in the United States."
     -Chris Jones, Maplewood, New Jersey

"Good technique is essential to making good music, and McGillivray's Rhythmic Fingerwork is a reliable and enjoyable guide to achieving it."
     -Peter Kent, The E.U.S.P.B.A. Voice, Fall/98

"I wanted to tell you that recently I made a trip to Scotland and every chance I could I would pipe at road sides, loch sides, Stirling Castle, Glencoe, the Commando Memorial in Spean Bridge and on Salisbury Craigs in Edinburgh. Not once did someone turn away from my music, and people were tapping their feet to me. In your videos you explain that moment when you go from being a student to a piper is the moment that people start tapping their feet to your music. Piping in front of Stirling Castle and gathering a crowd was by far the peak of my piping career so far. It was a feeling like no other. Of course that's small potatoes compared to your piping, but it would not have been possible without your instructional videos, books and prompt emails to help me along the way. Thank you for being a huge force in the piping world to the little guy like me who doesn't care much for trophies or titles, only to play a tune in the Glen."
Chester McDonald
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

"Hello Jim, as a grade 3 piper (Belgian Blend Pipe Band) I still have difficulties with some embellishments, so I bought your book Rhythmic Fingerwork last week. I went straight through your book to find the appropriate exercises for these problems and made a selection which I practice now as a start of every practice chanter session. Yesterday I went to band practice and I was amazed by the result of 1 week using your book. It made me feel like playing the band medley and MSR lots more comfortable!! So I am just letting you know that I am a big fan of your book and your method of improving piping technique and I will definitely continue to use these exercises."

Geert Spiloes
Gent, Belgium


Pipes Ready!
A Set-up and Maintenance Guide for the Great Highland Bagpipe
by Jim McGillivray



Pipes Ready! DVD

This entertaining and information-packed 86-minute instructional DVD covers all aspects of bagpipe maintenance, from hemping to reed manipulation. It is presented in Jim McGillivray's clear, lucid and articulate style, with demonstrations of techniques provided throughout.

PR1: Pipes Ready! DVD

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Pipes Up!
A Tuning Tutor for the Highland Bagpipe
by Jim McGillivray




Pipes Up! DVD

In this comprehensive 2 hour and 20 minute VHS video, Gold Medallist Jim McGillivray covers all aspects of tuning the bagpipe - tuning drones, tuning the chanter, tuning two chanters, using a tuning meter, adjusting reeds and chanters to improve tuning and more. Hear how to solve the problems that will undermine your best tuning efforts. There is nothing like this video anywhere!

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What Pipes Ready! and Pipes Up! Users are Saying

"Your DVD’s, Pipes Ready and Pipes Up, made such an impact on me several years ago and I will always be thankful. Like many American players, I too was an adult when I started playing. At 33 years old and never having played an instrument before it was certainly one of the biggest personal challenges I’ve had. I’m not sure I would have stayed the course if it weren’t for your videos. There were times I thought I would never be able to play…..but the knowledge I gained from you was probably what kept me from putting them down. I’ve been playing now for 12 years and as long as I am able, I will continue to learn and enjoy playing."
   -Mark Wayman, High Point, North Carolina

"I have been playing the pipes on and off for about 2 years. Although I have had formal instruction and even went to weekly classes with a band, I never felt as though I was 'getting there.' I recently obtained your two DVDs, Pipes Ready! and Pipes Up! WOW! Just a great no-nonsense approach to setting up and tuning the pipes!  I can review and play certain parts over as many times as I like. My pipes sound better than ever!"
-Gary Meares, Jacksonville, Florida

"You and your team have put together a resource that I personally have found to be extraordinarily worthwhile, and I have never received so much value for my money. Our teen-age girls were delighted with the antics of "Duff." Your "Pipes Ready!" and "Pipes Up!" DVDs are extremely imaginative, cleverly inventive and unusually resourceful in making them interesting and engagingly entertaining. Both are clearly worthy of industry awards for the promotion of this Highland Art."
     -Norwood Baybridge, Big Stone City, South Dakota


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Instruction in Technique for the Highland Bagpipe. Discounts available for volume or trade orders. Cdn $38
If you liked Rhythmic Fingerwork, there’s more right here! CAD $40.
A Set-up and Maintenance Guide for the Great Highland Bagpipe. Cdn $18.50
A Tuning Guide for the Great Highland Bagpipe. Cdn $18.50
Special savings if you buy all three items in the "Rhythmic Fingerwork" series: the "Rhythmic Fingerwork" technical tutor and CD, "Pipes Ready!" DVD and "Pipes Up!" DVD. Cdn $70 (Reg Cdn $75)
Rhythmic Fingerwork, Piobaireachd FIngerwork, Pipes Ready! and Pipes Up! all in one money-saving package. CAD $115 (reg. CAD $105).
The best and most complete beginner tutor on the market today. Cdn $55
The bestselling piping book of all time, "The Green Book" has started more successful pipers than any other tutor. Cdn $37.50
You don't have to stick to one teaching method! Two tutors may in fact be better than one! Cdn $87.50 (save $5)
Add "Rhythmic Fingerwork" to the beginner tutors for a comprehensive start to fingering and technique. Cdn $110.50 (Save $10).
This starter package includes a superb John Walsh Long Polypenco Practice Chanter, The National Piping Centre's "Highland Bagpipe Tutor," and Jim McGillivray's "Rhythmic Fingerwork." Cdn $195 (save $9).
Produced by the National Piping Centre in Glasgow this follow-up to their beginning tutor is a well produced will written and beautifully photographed guide on making the move from practice chanter to pipes. Cdn $42
If you're just moving onto pipes from practice chanter, this combination package of Jim McGillivray's "Pipes Ready!" and "Pipes Up!" maintenance and tuning DVDs and The National Piping Centre's "Transition to Bagpipes" tutor has just about all the information you'll need to make this difficult transition. This package gives you great info at great savings. Cdn $70 (Reg Cdn $79)
Get both Rhythmic Fingerwork and Piobaireachd Fingerwork at once and save a few bucks. CAD $70. (Reg CAD $78).
Get the College of Piping "Green Book," the Piping Centre Tutor and "Rhythmic Fingerwork" (all with CDs) with a John Walsh Long Polypenco practice chanter with reed and watertrap. Cdn $235 (save $10.50).
Combine the College of Piping "Green Book" with "Rhythmic Fingerwork" (both with CDs) and a John Walsh Long Polypenco practice chanter with reed and watertrap for $185 (save $5.50).
Get both the College of Piping "Green Book" and the Piping Centre Tutor with a John Walsh Long Polypenco practice chanter with reed and watertrap. Cdn $190 (save $17.50)
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