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Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 2-5: Simple Bagpipe Tunes with G Gracenotes

Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 2-5: Simple Bagpipe Tunes with G Gracenotes

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In this lesson, you’ll learn your first bagpipe tunes! The following tunes are very commonly heard among bagpipers, and can be played using only G Gracenotes. In later chapters, you will learn to add in other gracenotes and embellishments to fill out each of these tunes.

If you aren’t familiar with these melodies, it is very important that you listen through the examples on each of the Videos to familiarize yourself with the tunes. Not doing so will make it very hard to know what you are shooting for.

2-5.1: Scot’s wa’ Hae


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2-5.2: Robin Adair


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2-5.3: Bonnie Galloway


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2-5.4: Green Hills of Tyrol


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2-5.5: Amazing Grace


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2-5.6: Wings


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Objectives:

  • Play every note accurately.
    • A crisp, clean transition to each note.
    • Correct gracenote technique. (See Video from Lesson 2-1)
    • No crossing noises!!! (See Note 1 from Lesson 1-2)
    • Make sure to play thumb (        )gracenotes where appropriate. (See Note 1 from Lesson 2-1)
    • Play rhythms accurately.
      • Tap your foot at the beginning of each beat. (See Note 1 from Lesson 1-3)
      • Properly subdivide each beat. (See Note 2 from Lesson 1-3)
      • Be sure to execute dotted notes correctly. (See Note 1 from Lesson 1-4)
      • Fuse your G Gracenotes to the tap of your foot.
      • Keep your fingers properly positioned on the chanter. (See Lesson 1-1.2)

Don’t worry about how fast the tempo is; worry about the steadiness of the tempo.

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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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