Bagpipe ~ School & Services


MITCHELL'S BAGPIPE CENTRE and SCHOOL
Bagpipe tuition, bagpipes and accessories for sale to New Zealand customers,
(Mitchell's Bagpipe Centre, c/- Unicorns n Pheasants, 17 Empire Street, Cambridge 3434, New Zealand. Ph (07) 827 6906 E-mail)
All your necessities for learning to play the bagpipes : Instruments, books, instruction.

The services of Mitchell's Bagpipe Centre and School, part of Mitchell Kilt Hire operations, are provided by Bryan Mitchell. Bryan is an active piper with 25+ years experience as a Pipe-Major in local pipe bands. In all, 50+ years piping experience with pipe bands, solo piping and professional - commercial bagpiping. As a learner you get tuition, service and support from someone experienced and passionate about piping and the associated culture. If you want to learn how to play just e-mail your inquiry or drop in at "Unicorns n Pheasants", 17 Empire Street, Cambridge and get further details.

Please note: NO SERVICES available
from DEC 20th 2014 until FEB 17th 2015

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Tuition

Tuition Requirements

Tuition Books

Tuition Tunes / Music Software



Beginners

Practice Chanters

Books

Tunes / Music Software

Practice Chanter reeds

Parts for Practice Chanters


Bagpiping Attire


Equipment options

Learners

Practice Chanters

Books

Tunes / Music Software

Practice Chanter reeds

Parts for Practice Chanters


Bagpiping Attire


Kilt Hire Services

Bagpipes

Bagpipes

Chanter Reeds

Drone Reeds

Bags

Covers

Cords

Bagpipe Hire

Bagpipe Accessories

Chanters

Blowpipes

BlowpipeValves

Water Traps

Cases & Carry Bags

Dry Stocks

Drone Valves

Maintenance Accessories

Brushes

Hemp

Bag Treatments

Slim Hoseclips

Cord Ties

Blowpipe Mouthpieces

  Tuners and Metronomes

Used and New Bagpipes.


Used and New Bagpipes available.
Current options:
Used = McRae, R G Hardie, Peter Henderson and R G Lawrie (unless already sold).
New = Douglas MacPherson, Dunbar, Wallace and R T Shepherd

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This page is to inform about products and services available.
Prices are NOT available online just now.
"How to" notes are not available yet.

Sales are made by personal contact. Call in (by appointment), phone (07) 827 6906 or e-mail me and we start from there.
Payments by plastic are not possible, so this page does not shove you into a "shopping or sales cart" mode.
Purchases can be made using cash, personal cheque or direct bank deposit.

All prices for imported items (especially larger items like bagpipes), are very dependant on the $NZ exchange rate, freight and customs clearancing costs.
These are the main reasons we do not process overseas purchasing enquiries. It's silly to drag something right to this side of the world (to NZ) and then send it back to to the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore our whole focus is on our own New Zealand market. However, if you're not in NZ, you might be coming here for a visit, and you might find something interesting during a browse of these pages. Some items shown may need to be procured depending on the stock situation.

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Tuition Requisites.

Ages: Children need to be old enough to have a good attention span and be able to listen to instruction. Often this may mean around 10 - 12 years and older. Children younger may learn also but attitude and interest is a pre-requisite.

Physical size: Hand size really. Fingers need to be able to reach the holes on the practice chanters. There are three sizes - childs, standard and longspan. Often children grow out of the childs size quite quickly and as cost for childs size and standard size are the same for basic models, it is sometimes sensible to delay tutoring until fingers reach the holes on the standard size practice chanter.

Practice Chanter: A practice chanter is required. We have them for purchase. Classes/or individuals can use loan p/chanters during class but these remain at the classroom as they are for initial instruction only or use if a student forgets to bring theirs to class.

Books: Both, a music manuscript book and a tutor book (either "Bryan's" or "College of Piping Book 1" "Logan's" or the Piping Academy book are OK)are required. Tuition primarily follows the sequence of the College of Piping (Glasgow) accompanied with notes examples and exercises as the student progresses.

Writing implements: A pencil, rubber and ruler. A plain paper note pad and folder.

Computer Access: Optional..... Tuition and music are enhanced by the use of the Electric Pipes program for Windows based PCs. All tunes and exercises are available in abc music file notation and in one of more of the following gif, jpg, png or pdf file formats. The computer program is written by a NZ developer. The DEMO version is FREE and is sufficient for all learning purposes. As such it is included with tunes as required. All tunes used are traditional and outside any copyright concerns. Instruction uses this computer program. When at an appropriate level students are directed how to obtain a full licensed version that enables editing and other features.

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Tuition Books.

Book Options:
Bryan's Bagpipe Tutor.
Is a tutor book following traditional methods. This book is part of a multi-volume set comprehensively covering bagpipe playing and maintenance.

College of Piping Tutor Book 1.
Is a tutor book, part of a 4 book set produced by the College of Piping in Glasgow.

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Tuition Tunes.

Tunes:
A basic tune list will be included here soon, along with "abc" notation and a gif image



Music notation example: SCOTS WHA HAE.
The image below is a file named 'Scots Wha Hae.gif' (size reduced)
followed by the 'abc' text format for 'Scots Wha Hae.abc'


X:1
%%EPipes[V=2013,LP=103]
T:Scots Wha Hae
C:Trad. Scottish
R:MARCH
U:z="@ "
L:1/8
M:4/4
Q:84
K:HP
%%EPipes[LP=185,SP=14]
P:A
|{g}A>B {g}A>G {g}A>B {Gdc}d2|{g}B>c {g}B>A {g}B>c {Gdc}d>e|\
{g}f>a e>f {Gdc}d>e {g}f>e|{g}d>B {gBd}B>{G}A {gAGAG}A4|
|{g}A>B {g}A>G {g}A>B {Gdc}d2|{g}B>c {g}B>A {g}B>c {Gdc}d>e|\
{g}f>a e>f {Gdc}d>e {g}f>e|{g}d>B {gBd}B>{G}A {gAGAG}A3 e|]
%%EPipes[LP=186]
P:B
|{g}f>{e}f {g}f>e {g}f>g {ag}a>f|{g}e>{A}e {g}e>d {g}e>f {gf}g2|\
{ag}a>f {g}e>f {Gdc}d>e {g}f>e|{g}d>B {gBd}B>{G}A {gAGAG}A3 e|
|{g}f>{e}f {g}f>e {g}f>g {ag}a>f|{g}e>{A}e {g}e>d {g}e>f {gf}g2|\
{ag}a>f {g}e>f {Gdc}d>e {g}f>e|{g}d>B {gBd}B>{G}A {gAGAG}A4|]

NB. If you use the text above, copy it into a text file with the name 'Scots Wha Hae.abc' using the 'Notepad' utility. Use the NZ developed 'Electric Pipes' program that can be downloaded from the www.bakedbean.co.nz web-site, to run this 'abc' file. Epipes can read 'abc' files, but the developer says later versions will no longer support 'saving in abc format'. However Notepad is able to be used for all editing. All you need to do is learn the 'abc' format coding options. Also the 'demo' versions of Epipes will not 'print' the music notation score sheets, but any image processing program will print the 'gif' files as shown above.

Music notation example: Brother John or Frere Jacques.
This is not a traditional bagpipe tune but being a tune
familiar to most children, it is a useful melody to
introduce youngsters to using the practice chanter.
The image below is a file named 'BJ-Frere Jacques.gif' (size reduced)
followed by the 'abc' text format for 'BJ-Frere Jacques.abc'


X:1
%%EPipes[LP=102]
T:Brother John
C:Trad. (Fr)
R:SONG
U:z="@ "
L:1/8
M:4/4
Q:84
K:HP
%%EPipes[LP=196]
P:A
|{g}A2 B2 {gcd}c2 A2|{g}A2 B2 {gcd}c2 A2|{g}c2 d2 {gef}e2- e2|\
{g}c2 d2 {gef}e2- e2|
|{g}ef ed {gcd}c2 A2|{g}ef ed {gcd}c2 A2|{gBd}B2 G2 {g}A2- A2|\
{gBd}B2 G2 {g}A2- A2:|
%%EPipes[LP=50]
I:
X:2
%%EPipes[LP=101]
T:Brother John (Frere Jacques)
U:z="@ "
L:1/16
M:2/4
Q:84
K:HP
%%EPipes[LP=196]
P:A
|{g}A2B2 {gcd}c2A2|{g}A2B2 {gcd}c2A2|{g}c2d2 {gef}e4|{g}c2d2 {gef}e4|
|{g}efed {gcd}c2A2|{g}efed {gcd}c2A2|{gBd}B2G2 {g}A4|{gBd}B2G2 {g}A4:|

NB. If you use the text above, copy it into a text file with the name 'BJ-Frere Jacques.abc' using the 'Notepad' utility. Use the NZ developed 'Electric Pipes' program that can be downloaded from the www.bakedbean.co.nz web-site, to run this 'abc' file. Epipes can read 'abc' files, but the developer says later versions will no longer support 'saving in abc format'. However Notepad is able to be used for all editing. All you need to do is learn the 'abc' format coding options. Also the 'demo' versions of Epipes will not 'print' the music notation score sheets, but any image processing program will print the 'gif' files as shown above.

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Mitchell Kilt Hire are also Kilt Makers, Sporran Makers, and Belt Makers, as well as having Kilt Hire and Bagpipe & Accessories sales. We do servicing and repair work to kilts, sporrans, belts & straps, and highland dress accessories. We produce our own kilt pins, buckles for waist belts and kilt straps, buttons for jackets and various thistle badges and other findings for attaching to sporrans to enhance their appearance.

Bagpipe Hire

Bagpipe Hire Top

Available now! Dunbar P1 Henderson pattern bagpipes for short term and long term hire.
Ready to play. Cords, plain velveteen cover, leather bag,
drone reeds, chanter reed. Provided in a sturdy pipe case.
Hire rates, terms and insurance requirements are pending.
Indicate your interest.

Kilt Hire Top

Mitchell Kilt Hire has a wide range of kilts/tartans available for hire for Weddings and other
occasions or events. Visit our
Kilt Hire & Wedding information pages.
We have Scottish, Irish and Welsh attire available for hire.

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Mitchell Kilt Hire is able to provide short, medium and in some cases long term gear hire for pipers (ask)
who are starting their solo piping career but still lack all or some of the necessary highland dress.
If you want a distinctive
sporran ask about our custom made sporrans (ask); Also belts, buckles
and inexpensive
ghillie brogue conversion options (ask).

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MKH Showroom
Service for New Zealand customers.

Solo piping attire.

MKH make kilts, belts, sporrans, and can supply all your other accessories, including Ghillie Brogue modification to normal brogued shoes. Spare laces, tassels.
Repairs and reconditioning of belts, sporrans, kilts.


Bagpipes and accessories.
Beginners - equipment, Information
Books - Music, Tutor.
Practice Chanters.
Maintenance accessories.
Reeds.

Wallace bagpipes in stock.

D. MacPherson
bagpipes in stock.


Cane pipe chanter Reeds.
Synthetic Drone reeds.
Plastic practice chanter reeds.

Shepherd ABW chanters
Warnock / Warmac
Wallace
Dunbar poly chanters.

Other bagpipe brands available also.
e.g. Niall (Eng.)

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Beginners & intermediate pipers.
Having trouble setting your pipes and reeds up?

Visit (by appointment) our rural location and have your pipes set up for you.
This can include re-tying of your bag to fit you. Or adjusting the blowpipe

Trouble with noise and neighbours?
Practise in our barn or outside in our rural setting.

Bagpipe Tutor book and tune collection.


Mitchell Kilt Hire, Mitchell's Bagpipe Centre
c/- Unicorns n Pheasants, 17 Empire Street, Cambridge 3434, New Zealand.
Ph. (07) 827 69096, Fax Send a pdf file by e-mail
E-mail
Proprietor: B.E.Mitchell,

Find Us : Click Here for a Map.

Kilt Makers, Sporran Makers, Belt Makers, Bagpipe & Accessories sales, servicing and repairs. Repairs to kilts, sporrans and accessories.


Piping tuition for beginers.
Beginners kits.
BKL1: Tutor book & practise chanter,
BKL2H: Tutor book, practise chanter,
& a set of Wallace bagpipes.
BKL3P: Tutor book, practise chanter,
& a set of MacPherson bagpipes.
p.o.a.

Join a Social pipe band
Cambridge & Districts Pipe Band -
visit our
band web-pages.
Playing members (pipers and drummers) of all ages wanted, and made very welcome.

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