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The North East Collection
2002
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Following on from the Lothian Collection, this book is the second in a series, presenting melodies which come from the 'big houses' and great families of Scotland. In this case the area includes the coastal fringes of the North east - around the Moray, Dornoch, Beauly and Cromarty Firths. Most of the 25 tunes featured date from the 18th and 19th centuries.
 

The Small Harp Tutor
1996
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This book includes advice on buying and maintaining a harp, a basic guide to musical motion, lessons and exercises for two, three and four fingers, advice on arranging music etc. It also contains 40 tunes varying from elementary to advanced, with historical notes and information on the tunes
Comes with accompanying 60 minute CD
 

The Lothian Collection
1995
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This is a collection of 25 tunes arranged for the Scottish harp by Alison Kinnaird. The tunes come from the 'big houses' and great families of the Lothians (East, West and Midlothian). Most of the music dates from the 18th and early 19th centuries, though one piece is from an early 17th century M.S. and one is a new composition by Alison.
 

Tree of Strings
1992
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This book on the history of the harp in Scotland presents an in-depth study, drawing on material from unpublished documents, family papers and manuscripts, which will throw new light on the background of these ancient and beautiful instruments. The first of its kind, this volume will be of interest to historians, musicologists and harp players, and also to any reader with a general interest in Scottish and Celtic culture. This 256 page book, which includes many photographs and illustrations, is available in paperback and hardback.
 

The Harp Key
1990
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This collection of 24 harp tunes has been arranged by Alison Kinnaird in a style which is not an antiquarian attempt to recreate the music as it might have sounded 200 years ago, but which reflects the living tradition of Scottish music. This book will be of interest to players who are already familiar with their native idiom; to the classically trained musician who wishes to learn about it; and to the general reader for whom the extensive historical notes may throw light on a little known but beautiful facet of Scottish history.