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A4, 106 pages, illustrated with photographs and line drawings. Ring wire bound (portrait) allowing it to lie open on table or music stand.

Preface by Gordon Mooney. Introduction by Julian Goodacre.

Layout
The Manual is divided into 3 parts and 10 appendices.

Part 1 looks at some of the options for Acquiring a set of pipes; the different kinds of pipes to choose from, and the most suitable pitches to consider. There are tips on whether to hire a set, or buy new or second hand.

Part 2 is taken up with the Learning Process, and is divided into four logical steps:- familiarisation with the bellows: a first introduction to fingering the chanter: some basic grace notes with a first tune to try: and finally some more detailed methods and techniques. All the more important points are demonstrated (movie style) on the CD-ROM by Iain MacInnes.

Part 3 Tuning. To get the best possible sound from the pipes, the drones and chanter must be tuned both in their own right and to each other. In this part basic techniques, as well as alternative methods of tuning the drones, are given (and demonstrated on the CD-ROM), together with how to get the best out of the chanter.

The Appendices deal in turn with: Gracing: Basics of Notation: Reeds and Reed-making: Maintenance and Repair: Problem Solving: Playing Pressure: History (of Scottish bellows-blown pipes): Resources (including a limited discography): Glossary, and finally a collection of Tunes (which are graded Easy, Medium, Difficult). Where appropriate (with regard to Gracing, for instance, and some tunes), demonstrations are given by Iain MacInnes playing Scottish smallpipes.

As Julian Goodacre says in the Introduction:

This Manual will be of special benefit to the members of the Society who live overseas and are separated from makers and like-minded pipers by thousands of miles. I commend it not only to novices, but to seasoned pipers. There is a wealth of new tricks here for everyone.

 More Power to Your Elbow on MAC machines: The current edition of the CD that accompanies More Power to Your Elbow will not run fully under the latest Mac operating Systems. However, the media files, which are in QuickTime format can be viewed individually as follows:


Open the CD folder, either from your desktop (if it is visible there) or from the Finder window. Here you will see a folder named 'Media'. This contains the QuickTime files, which can be viewed individually by the usual double-click on the file icon.

LBPS members can access the full video presentations online from the Members Page Menu.


PART 1 Acquiring a Set of Pipes

PART 2 The Learning Process

STEP I MAKING A START
STEP II STARTING TO PLAY
STEP III INTRODUCING GRACE NOTES
STEP IV METHODS AND TECHNIQUES

PART 3 The Principles of Tuning

APPENDIX 1 GRACING
APPENDIX 2 THE BASICS OF NOTATION
APPENDIX 3 REEDS AND REED MAKING
APPENDIX 4 MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
APPENDIX 5 PROBLEM SOLVING
APPENDIX 6 PLAYING PRESSURE
APPENDIX 7 HISTORY
APPENDIX 8 RESOURCES
APPENDIX 9 GLOSSARY
APPENDIX 10 TUNES


Tune Index

Ale is Dear, The
All the way to Newcastle
Andrew Carr
Auld Wife ayont the Fire, The
Birnam Triangle
Sobers of Brechin, The
Bonny Lasses Connie Lasses
Bonny Braes of Elcho, The
Borgue Water
Bride has a Bonny Thing, The
Bure of Carnie, The
Busk Ye, Busk Ye
Caddie Robbie
Ca ' Hawkie through the Joater
Chevy Chase
Cock Knowe, The
Death of the Wren
Dinna think, my Bonny Lassie .....
Fairly Shot of Her
Favorite Dram, The
Fill the Stoup
First of May
Flagon, The
Gala Rant
Hare in the Corn, The
Herd of the Glen, The
Heroic Lad, The
Hey Ca' Thro'
Highland Jigg, A
Highland Solo, A
Highland Two-step, A
Hornpipe, A (Manchester)
I Hae a Wife of my Ane
Inundation, The
Jackey Layton
Jigg
Major, The
Malt on the Optics
Merry Lads of Ayr
Moonlight on the Border
Pete Rowley's Hornpipe
Reel, A "taken from an old jigg"
Reel, A (after Gillie na Drobhair)
Richard the Rogue
Roses Blow, The
Sheepwife, The
Sorbie Tower
Tending the Steer, with a heavy heart
Teribus
Torpichen's Rant
Wat Ye what I got late Yestreen
Wild Hills of Wannie, The
Would the Minister not Dance

CD Rom Index

Strapping on the bellows
Putting on the pipes
Holding the chanter
Bellows work
Arm exercise
Pumping and squeezing at same time
Sharing pressure
Pleasing start and finish
Playing the chanter
Exercise 1 - bottom hand notes
Exercise 2 - top hand notes
Exercise 3 - all chanter notes
Exercise 4 - changing notes
Tuning a drone
Playing grace notes
Exercise 5 - G,D,E grace notes
Exercise 6 - grace notes
Exercise 7 - G grace note
Exercise 8 - D grace notes
Exercise 9 - E grace notes
Playing a simple tune
Exercise 10 - Finger exercises
Exercise 11 - fast note sequences
Tuning smallpipes
Tuning the baritone drone
High A grace
F grace
The strikes
Strike and gracenote combined
The Grip
Doublings
The birl
The trill
The turn
Finale in the chapel (Cadal cha dan mi)