Small Tunes: Vintage Melodies from the Bagpipe Tradition—Online Tunebook
I love small tunes. The smaller the better, I say. Nothing captures the liveliness and character of bagpiping like a tiny reel or quickmarch. Eight bars of music and away ya go. Trouble is, many of these little ditties have been cast aside in our competition-driven bagpiping scene. I’ve tried to remedy that with the Small Tunes series. Small tunes, little strathspeys and reels, tiny jigs, and short marches, tunes full of personality; they form the core of the Highland piper’s repertoire. And there are thousands of them, many of which haven’t been heard in a hundred years or more on the bagpipe.
Below you will find a categorized list of all the tunes in the series to date, in what is the very first serial tunebook for the bagpipes. Each link will take you to the a post that presents either a write up or short podcast with a bit of background on the tune with the printed score for download. Each podcast also contains a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe to accompany the set score. Have a listen to the “Introduction to Small Tunes” podcast for the full gist of the series and then have a look and a listen to the tunes that pique your interest. Enjoy.
Airs and Slow Marches