This printed collection includes over 100 conventional hymn melodies adapted for Scottish-style bagpipes. It is a great resource for pipers who find themselves playing in churches, and for those looking for alternatives to ‘Amazing Grace’.
Features: a great source of unique melodies that can be arranged as slow airs; Key symbols for each hymn, to aid both pipers and their accompanists (i.e. ‘Amazing Grace’ sounds in the key of E-flat when played on Highland pipes); Several indexes to help locate a favorite hymn, or hymns appropriate for specific occasions and themes; Breath marks to help with phrasing and accompanying singers; Tips on performing with accompanists (organ, congregational singing, etc.); Represents a large variety of styles, origins, ethnicities, and denominational backgrounds; Some melodies feature alternate tunings, such as C- and F-natural; Spiral-bound for convenience; Easy to Moderate difficulty levels. (Organ/keyboard parts, chord symbols, and lyrics are not included.)
Selections include ‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’ (common church version), ‘Simple Gifts’ (aka ‘Lord of the Dance’), ‘Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence’, ‘O Sing a Song of Bethlehem’, ‘Amazing Grace’ (common sung version), ‘Though I May Speak’, ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’, ‘We Three Kings’, ‘O For a Thousand Tongues’, ‘Finlandia’, ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’, ‘Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus’, ‘Wondrous Love’, ‘Here I Am, Lord’, ‘To God Be the Glory’, ‘Tallis’ Canon’, ‘O Worship the King’, ‘Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee’, and many more.
(Audio samples coming as soon as possible.)
Familiar tunes for a church-going piper or one who doesn’t frequent a place of worship, (lots of folk-song melodies, etc.) and so many tunes that I, at least, hadn’t heard before – all beautiful. There’s a full range in here – what might be considered, “high-brow,” and what might be called, “music of the people,” stuff from Europe, Africa – a really excellent collection.