‘ECSTASY’ (downloadable PDF)


An instrumental arrangement of the well-known shape-note hymn. Featured on ‘The Piper in the Holler’ album. Please see further below for more information and audio and video samples.


An adaptation of a well-known American shape-note hymn for pipes. A very similar arrangement was recorded on The Piper in the Holler album, and published in ‘An Appalachian Collection’. Harmony part and chord symbols included. [NB: This tune is typeset in E-minor and requires the use of a C-natural. For chanters that do not have C-natural keys or an extra C-natural soundhole, this note may be produced using ‘forked’ fingering and/or by applying a piece of tuning tape over the majority of the C-soundhole.]

Audio sample (from ‘The Piper in the Holler’), as played on the smallpipes [A-chanter] and low-D whistle:

Video of the original shape-note hymn being sung: