find it in Scotland ???(cont)
...and another not-so-common gift, or perhaps to fulfil an
"So ye want tae be a Piper,
...Students from as far away as Germany and Japan are being taught to play the Bagpipes over
The National Piping Centre in Glasgow is teaching via the Skype videophone system, and currently has pupils from
41 countries on its books. Internet music lessons have been run for some years for other instruments, but the
technology standards have only recently become good enough for the Pipes - and new Webcam development is under way
that will follow the moving teacher, rather than forcing him/her to remain static while playing. The National
Piping Centre website gives full details of these courses, for anyone who might like to learn the Pipes in the
privacy of his or her own home.
The website says..."The Great Highland Bagpipe, perhaps the best known of Scotland's musical instruments and an
ambassador for Scotland throughout the world, is accorded new prominence by the founding of The National Piping
Centre. We serve as a national and international centre of excellence for the instrument and its music. Close to
the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, we incorporate a school with rehearsal rooms and an Auditorium, not
only for the Highland pipes but also Scottish Smallpipes, Uillean Pipes, Fiddle, Accordian and Drumming. There is
also a museum and interpretation centre, and a reference library, as well as conference facilities and a hotel. The
National Piping Centre provides facilities of the very highest quality for both the piping and non-piping
fraternity. Visitors and regulars, from both home and abroad, will equally enjoy the experience, whether they come
for study, performance, or simply pleasure."
So, if you are coming to Scotland, and have any interest in the Scottish Piping Traditions, or the Drumming,
Fiddling, or Accordianing, this Centre would be well worth adding to your itinerary.
Links to the site are:- homepage...http://www.thepipingcentre.co.uk; and for the internet tuition...http://www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/tuition/online-tuition/
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If you're looking for gift ideas, or a nice present to
yourself, don't forget that Scotland has a large, thriving and vibrant Arts and Crafts community, spread
across the length and breadth of the land.
A fine example of Scotland's ability to capture the feeling of
the beauty and the history of this, our homeland, is the original and exciting range of Jewellery from the
Sheila Fleet collection, designed by Sheila Fleet, and handmade at her workshops in
If you'd like to see more of this outstanding collection, the
full range, with all details of colour choices and prices, is clearly and cleanly set put on her
website. Click on this link to go straight there.
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