• Historical Documents
  • Using colour to convey musical pitches – Part 2

    In Part 1, I observed how the difference between sound waves and light waves has severed the vocal practice of canntaireachd from its written forms. In this part, I explain the rationale for a colour system that could heal the rift, making canntaireachd easier to handle. I have been using colour to communicate pitches in music education since 1995. That was when I bought […]

  • Historical Documents
  • Using colour to convey musical pitches – Part 1

    This series of posts seeks to elucidate canntaireachd, pibroch’s oldest tool for memorisation and musical understanding. In this part, I notice how the difference between sound waves and light waves has severed the vocal practice of canntaireachd from its written forms. I propose that colour could heal this rift, making canntaireachd less confusing and more useful in the 21st century. 200 years ago, John MacCrimmon fingered his walking stick […]

  • Learning Interpretations
  • Pipehacker – Small Tunes Project

    I like Vince’s site, and find his insights into Campbell Canntaireachd fruitful for discussion. Small Tunes Podcast: “Hiharin Hiodreen” I personally believe that one way to rehabilitate these tunes in competition might be to pick up on one of Barnaby’s idea: to create a format different than the “single-tune” requirement. Perhaps to require a “small” […]