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Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 1-4: Simple Melodies Using Scale Runs

Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 1-4: Simple Melodies Using Scale Runs

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In this lesson, we will learn some simple melodies that feature Scale Runs. You should be familiar with these melodies, as they come from popular kid’s songs or Christmas music. If you are not familiar with them, find a recording of them (or use the instructional videos that accompany these lessons) and learn to whistle or hum the melody. Doing this will really help you during this lesson.

We aren’t going to learn gracenotes until Chapter Two, so when you have more than one of the same note in a row, use your tongue to quickly stop the air to your practice chanter, which will provide some separation between notes.

1-4.1: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star


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1-4.2: Hot Cross Buns


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1-4.3: Mary Had a Little Lamb


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1-4.4: London Bridge


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1-4.5: Deck the Halls


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Objectives:

  • Play every note accurately.
    • A crisp, clean transition to each note.
    • No crossing noises (see the      ’s). (See Note 1 from Lesson 1-2)
    • Keep your fingers properly positioned on the chanter. (See Lesson 1-1.2)
    • Play rhythms accurately.
      • Tap your foot steadily throughout each melody.
      • Know how many notes go inside each beat. (See Note 2 from Lesson 1 -3)
      • Be sure to execute dotted notes correctly. (See Note 1 from This Lesson)
      • Don’t worry about how fast the tempo is; worry about the steadiness of the tempo.
      • Lastly, make sure what you are playing sounds like the real thing!

Notes:

Note 1: Dotted Notes

In Bar 1 of 1-4.3 we see our first dotted note.

A dot extends the length of its note by an extra half.

So, in Lesson 1-4, we see dotted quarter notes. This means, instead of the quarter note getting one beat, it will now get 1 and ½ beats. Generally speaking, these will always be followed by an eighth note, which will fill in the second half of the second beat.

To execute the dotted quarter note, you’ll actually tap your foot twice during the note. You’ll leave the dotted quarter note half-way through the second beat. This may sound complicated, but use your knowledge of the melodies in this lesson to guide you through how it should sound.

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Andrew Douglas Andrew is a prolific practitioner of the bagpipe, having been active at the highest level of pipe bands, solo competition, teaching, and creative endeavors for the past 20 years. He's also the founder and creator of Dojo U and of PipersDojo.com

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