Volume 1 - Preliminary Level
This tutor book is the first in the light music series and has been designed to give the outright beginner sufficient exposure to the art of learning how to play the bagpipe so that they can decide if they would like to continue before any large expenses are involved. By the completion of the level, the student will be able to:
Maintain (at a basic level) their practice chanter and practice chanter reed,
Understand basic elements of music theory,
Reproduce basic simple time rhythms,
Understand some of the critical aspects inherent with playing on a practice chanter and with playing bagpipe music in general,
Read the nine notes played on a bagpipe,
Apply good fingering technique when playing their practice chanter,
Play simple scalic exercises on their practice chanter,
Understand how to achieve a good tone when playing their practice chanter,
Complete a basic level of ear training, and
Know how to do some key exercises to stretch their fingers, hands, shoulders and forearms.
On average, a student should be able to complete all of the requirements contained in this tutor book within one to two months. There are no prerequisites to begin the training at this level. Anyone who has an interest in learning how to play the bagpipe, regardless of whether they have had any previous bagpipe training or any musical training for that matter, will be able to work their way through this volume.