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Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 3-8: "Prelude" Versions of Common Bagpipe Tunes

Tutor [Vintage] - Lesson 3-8: "Prelude" Versions of Common Bagpipe Tunes

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In this lesson, you’ll learn more bagpipe tunes. The following tunes are very commonly heard among bagpipers, and can be played using only the gracenotes that we have learned so far. In later chapters, you will learn to add in embellishments to fill out each of these tunes, but for now we will use the skills we have to put together these  simple, “prelude” versions.

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 shooting for.

3-8.1: Rowan Tree


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3-8.2: When the Battle’s O’er


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3-8.3: Scotland the Brave


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3-8.4: Steamboat


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3-8.5: Bonnie Dundee


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Objectives:

  • Play every note accurately.
    • A crisp, clean transition to each note.
    • Correct gracenote technique. (See Videos 2-1, 3-1, 3-5.1, 3-5.2)
    • VERY IMPORTANT: No crossing noises! (See Note 1 from Lesson 1-2)
    • 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)
      • Make sure any dotted notes are executed 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.
      • Lastly, make sure these melodies sound like the real thing!

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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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