Scottish 18th-Century Guitar Tunes in Open D Tuning

by Rob MacKillop
sku: 02-30764M
Book with online audio. 30 airs and dances from Scotland, Ireland and England transcribed for modern guitar in open-D tuning (DADF♯AD). Although conceived for fingerstyle playing, most of these pieces are also playable with a pick.

During the mid to late 18th century, a wire-strung instrument which could be described as a cross between a guitar and a cittern appeared in Britain. With the exception of the publications in Edinburgh by Robert Bremmer (c. 1713 – 89), most period writings refer to this instrument as the guittar. In providing extensive historical and performance notes on this music, the author has adopted this spelling. While this book is derived principally from the publications by Scottish guittarists Robert Bremmer and James Oswald (1710 – 69), MacKillop discovered additional Scottish publications and manuscripts in The National Library of Scotland and even more manuscripts in the uncatalogued library of Blair Castle in Perthshire, Scotland.

This book brings an uncommon repertoire to light with an exceptional downloadable recording. Note/tab. 72 pp.   More Details...

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  • An Ye Were My Ain Thing
  • Faild na Iniasg
  • I Love My Love in Secret
  • Lochaber No More
  • McGlashan’s Croanich
  • Miss Hamilton
  • Mount Your Baggage
  • Mr. Bremner’s Jigg
  • The Handsome Highlandman
  • The Yellow-Haird Laddie
  • Allegro
  • Carrick Fergus
  • Comely Garden Reel
  • Giga 
  • Jack Lattin 
  • Lord Kelly’s Reel
  • O’er Bogie
  • Maggy Lawder
  • Miss Anderson’s Minuet by C. K. Sharpe
  • When I Followed a Lass
  • Roslin Castle
  • The East Nook of Fife
  • The Lea Rigg
  • The Parson and His Boots
  • Air
  • Air by Mr. Rush
  • Because He Was a Bonny Lad
  • Giordanis Minuet
  • Minuet
  • Reel: I’ll Gae Nae Mair Tae Yon Toon