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The following are recommended for study preparation for PDQB examinations:

Tutors and Music Theory

  • The College of Piping Tutor 1 and 3, incorporating Tutor 1 CDROM and Tutor 3 CD

  • The National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book: A Step by Step Guide incorporating a CDROM

  • RSPBA Structured Learning Manuals 1-3

  • The Language of Music: Applying the concept to pipe bands (by RT Shepherd MBE and A G Aitken OBE)

  • One Hundred Years of Pipe Band Drumming (by W Young and A Chatto)

  • Logan’s Tutor

  • Snare Drum Rudiments and Pipe Band Drum Scores + CD (by David Farquhar)

Maintenance of the Bagpipe, Care of Reeds, etc…
  • The College of Piping Tutor 2

  • The Pipers’ Handbook (by John MacLellan)

  • Pipes Ready, Video by Jim MacGillivray

  • Care and Maintenance of the Great Highland Bagpipe by Ringo Bowen

Piobaireachd, Phrasing and Structure and History

  • Canntaireachd, Ancient Syllabic Form of Teaching Piobaireachd, A Look and See Guide and John MacLellan Teaching Tape 5

  • Piobaireachd, by Seumas MacNeill, published by the BBC

  • The Piobaireachd Society Collection

  • Proceedings of the Piobaireachd Society

  • The Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor

  • Sidelights to the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor

  • Further Sidelights to the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor

  • Music for the Highland Bagpipe and More Music for the Highland Bagpipe, by John MacLellan

  • College of Piping Tutor 4 (Piobaireachd) + CD

  • Joseph MacDonald Treatise (Ed. R Cannon)

  • MacArthur MS (Published John MacFadyen Trust)

  • Highland Bagpipe Music- (Angus Mackay’s Piob. Collection)

  • Ceol Mor by CS Thomason

  • Masters of Piobaireachd CD Series

  • Donald MacLeod CD Series

  • Bill Livingstone CD Series

General History and Traditions
  • The Book of the Bagpipe, by Hugh Cheape

  • Highland Bagpipe and Its Music by R Cannon

  • Music of the Scottish Regiments by D Murray

  • Scotland’s Music by J Purser

  • Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping 1745 – 1945, John G. Gibson

  • College of Piping Tutor Part 2

  • The Highland Bagpipe, by WL Manson

  • The Bagpipe, by WH Grattan Flood

  • The Piper in Peace and War, by C.A. Malcolm

  • The Pipes of War, by Seton and Grant

  • The Traditional and National Music of Scotland (Collinson)

  • The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society 1750-1950 (Donaldson)

  • The Piping Traditions of the North of Scotland by B MacKenzie

  • Bagpipe Music for Highland Dancing, by John MacLellan

  • Piping Traditions of Argyll by Bridget MacKenzie

  • The Judges Companion, Compiled by Robert Wallace

  • The Piping Times

  • The Pipe Band Magazine

  • Piping Today

  • The Voice

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