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The Scottish Guitar
 The book has 74 pages, and there are 40 mp3 files. It is the sum of many years researching and performing Scottish lute, cittern and guitar music. The key thing is the performances. There is a continuity of style and technique going back nearly 1,000 years, which I have brought to the modern nylon and steel-strung guitar. As I say in the Introduction, this is more Scottish than 'Celtic'.
Rob MacKillop  From the Introduction:

Welcome to ‘The Scottish Guitar’.
    One of my chief concerns in this book is to show the stylistic differences between regions of Scotland, and also between periods. Guitars, lutes and citterns have been played in Scotland for almost a thousand years, and have always had a distinctive, contemplative voice. The arrangements in this book unite history with the present. Different areas of Scotland have cultivated different styles. These regional variations are a vital part of Scottish culture, but I fear they are being eroded due to political and economic pressures. In my arrangements, I have tried to reflect the origin of the tunes, with their appropriate ornaments and phrasing. The accompanying CD is essential for a deeper understanding of the subtle art of phrasing, which cannot be found on the printed page alone. I do not consider this music as being ‘Celtic’ - a much overused and abused term. It is Scottish. What makes me say this? Well, there are a number of interpretations of the C word. It is used freely in America to refer mainly to Irish playing, but also to Scottish, Manx, Breton, Basque, etc, etc. When I was a young boy, I could easily recognise the differences between an Irish and a Scots jig. The contours have become less clear in recent years, much to the detriment of the music.
    I have spent many years researching and performing the historical traditional music of Scotland, and I feel that has given me an insight into a Scottish tradition of performing traditional music on plucked, fretted string instruments such as guitar, cittern and lute. I have tried in this book to both show that thousand-year tradition for what it is, and to incorporate it into later material, from Gaelic song to traditional airs and dances. My main hope is that this book will raise an awareness amongst guitarists and their audiences of the great heritage the modern guitar can lay claim to, and the unique and distinctive style of Scottish guitar playing. Please note, I have nothing against Irish music, or the other regions mentioned above, in fact I love what is distinctive about each.
    This book (I believe for the first time) attempts to define a uniquely Scottish way of playing the guitar, and it does so not through a dry academic analysis, but through performance - the heart of any musical culture.

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 About the Recording  6      3. Gur Eutrom an t Tiseag 34 16
 About the Book  6      4. An Chearc ar Fad is an Anairthe  36 17
 Acknowledgement and Thanks 6      5. Ask My Father 37 18
 Introduction 7      6. My Love Has Deceived Me  38 19
 Fingerstyle Guitar Technique 8      7. Oran an Aoig - The Song of Death  39 20
 Reading the Music and Tablature  9          
 Interpretation 10       Sections 3: Tunes in OPEN D Tuning 40  
         A Word About Open D Tuning  40  
 Section 1: Tunes in DADGAD Tuning  12      Notes to the Tunes 41  
 A Word About DADGAD Tuning  12      1. I Long for Thy Virginitie 44 21
 1. Prelude No.1 13 1    2. Rhona's Tune 45 22
 2. Prelude No.2 15 2    3. Shoes Rare and Good In All - Lilt Ladie An Gordoun  47 23
 Notes to the Tunes 16      4. The Canaries 49 24
 3. Phiurag nan Gaol - Sister of Loves  18 3    5. Lady Lie Nier Me 50 25
 4. Tighean Geala Sildeag 19 4    6. Lilt-Milne 52 26
 5. Oran a' Mhaighdean Mhara 20 5    7. My Lady Binnis Lilt 52 27
 6. Low Lies the Mist on Mallavurich  21 6    8. Blew Riben 53 28
 7. Maol Donaidh - The Fisherman's Song for Attracting the Seals  22 7    9. Lady Lothian's Lilt 54 29
 8. Suas Leis a' Mhagairlean  23 8    10. Courante and Double 55 30
 9. My Cheeks are Furrowed  24 9    11. A Port (No.1) 57 31
 10. Farewell to Whisky (Niel Gow)  25 10    12. A Port (No.2) 58 32
 11. Welcome Whisky Back Again (Niel Gow)  26 11    13. Port Jean Lindsay 59 33
 12. Roslin Castle (James Oswald?)  28 12    14. Port Priest 60 34
 13. The Flooers O' the Forest  29 13    15. Port Rorie Dall 61 35
         16. Port Atholl 63 36
 Section 2: Tunes in Open G Tuning  31      17. The Chancelours Farewell  65 37
 A Word About Open G Tuning  31      18. If Thou Were Myn Own Thing  67 38
 Notes to the Tunes 32      19. The Lord Aboin's Air 71 39
 1. Wet is the Night and Cold  33 14    20. For Old Long Syne 73 40
 2. A Mother's Lament on the Death of Her Child  34 15     About Author 73  

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