The Bagpiper Blog
Though Christmas seems eons away, it's really just around the corner. And perhaps all those Christmas in July sales put you in the holiday mood. That means now is a good time to start thinking about Christmas Carols. How is your Christmas Carol repertoire? Can you play your favorites?
Two years ago, I published “A Piper’s Christmas”. I sold them mostly to my students. Last year, a major retailer in our business picked it up and I sold more than 200 copies. “A Piper’s Christmas” includes a large collection of carols, hymns and secular songs for the Christmas season. Most are quite familiar.
From a teaching point of view, I found that my students who played from this book became better sight readers as a result of playing all of the carols. August is a great month to purchase your copy. It gives you 5 months to learn and memorize as many of these tunes as you can. You friends, neighbors and relatives will be quite surprised that the Great Highland Bagpipe of Scotland is even capable of playing such well-known seasonal music. If you are interested in a copy of this book, it is available on my website at: http://www.bagpipechristmasmusic.com
Gary Guth is a professional bagpiper with over 45 years of playing experience and has been teaching bagpipes full time for the last 20 years. He has written "Bagpipes For Beginners", "the Bagpipe Hymnal", and " A Piper's Christmas".