A-mach variations come after Crunluath Doubling variations, and are pretty tricky! However, let's take a half-hour or so to decode what's going on here... and... you guessed it.... it's really not too hard after all!
Exactly what it sounds like! We go over in depth these fundamental piobaireachd movement from the ground up for those who have not yet experienced them, plus a little talk about musical incorporation into your tunes!
In this class, we look first at the technical variations of this tune. There is a very simple melody-note pattern, over which we will place the different types of technique that each variation requires.
In this class, we discuss many of the common piobaireachd embellishments, most of which will be new to the inexperienced piobaireachd player. This is a great starting point to become more familiar with the execution of standard piobaireachd technique
In this class Donald continues with instruction on the Lament for the Old Sword. He dives into the ground and dissects the intricacies of playing each phrase. After this quick analysis Donald plays through the ground and then skips to the Crunluath and a Mach variations. Along the way he continues to reinforce proper technique in the embellishments.