Rhythmic Fingerwork Book with CD by Jim McGillivray
Serious about improving your piping technique? This is the exercise book you need to fine-tune your skills and play better. Originally trained by Ed Neigh, Jim McGillvray has become one of the best known players in North America. His mastery of each bagpipe movement led to the development of this book. The book is spiral-bound, so it will lay flat, and it comes with a great companion CD.
From Jim McGillivray's Introduction to Rhythmic Fingerwork: "This is a music book. It appears to be a book about technique. However, there is only one reason to focus on technique, and that is to play better music. So consider this a music book..."
Contents of Rhythmic Fingerwork:
Chapter 1: First Things First - This section provides helpful suggestions and puts the book in a larger context.
Chapter 2: Single Gracenoting - Exercises for G, E, D, and combination gracenotes
Chapter 3: Doublings - Many exercises for precise doublings
Chapter 4: Grips, Taoluaths and More - Grips, Taorluaths, D Throws, Birls
Chapter 5: Strikes - Lots of exercises for clear and correct strikes
Chapter 6: Moving On: Advice on where to take your piping next
The exercises in Rhythmic Fingerwork are perfect for all levels of pipers, except those who have no experience on the practice chanter.