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Finger chart in 'The Caledonian Repository of Music Adapted for the Bagpipes'

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by William Gunn, Glasgow, 1848

Finger chart in 'The Caledonian Repository of Music Adapted for the Bagpipes'
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'Finger chart' showing the method of playing the scale on the practice chanter and the sequence of lifting the fingers to uncover the holes. William Gunn, the publisher, included an instruction section in his book of bagpipe music, 'The Caledonian Repository of Music Adapted for the Bagpipes', printed and published in Glasgow, 1848.

Published in 1848 with 210 tunes, it was the earliest in date, the largest and most significant of its kind as a collection of light music to be printed. A second edition with the addition of 10 pages and 14 tunes was published in 1867. All the tines are given Gaelic titles which were, according to the publisher, either the familiar names of the tunes or songs in the Highlands, or a phrase, line or chorus in the words of the particular Gaelic song adapted as title.

William Gunn (1795 - 1867) was born in Kildonan, Scotland, and learned the trade of weaving. He began playing in the Highland Society's piping competitions, winning the 5th Prize in Edinburgh in 1824, having moved to Glasgow in about 1823. He set up business as a bagpipe maker about 1834 and, until 1850, he lived and worked at 48 Gallowgate in Glasgow. Latterly (until 1866), he lived and ran his business from 273 George Street. He died on 14 February 1867 aged 72.

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