The third part of Mrs. John MacColl is the perfect "playground" to practice our execution and thought process behind playing good embellishments. How are you embellishment pre-requisites? How is your execution of the embellishment cardinal rules?
A classic Irish Regimental march, Killaloe (pronounced Killa - Loo) is a driving tune perfect for your next performance. It's also a living piece of history. Be sure to tune in for Rob's excellent presentation and to learn the tune!
A great gracenote should be a pure articulation, meaning that it needs to literally sound in the blink of an eye. If the gracenote is too long in duration, it will muddy up the melody, and obscure what we are trying to portray with this tune, and all other tunes.
In the second part, we expand on this great melody - and we get to work on some doublings too. Remember, this is a template for your own learning and internalizing of the 2nd part - the rest will be up to you in practice!
How many of us pipers have a firm grasp of the physics of sound that causes the unique and rich sound of our bagpipes? We are told that we should maintain a pressure in the pipe bag that is at the chanter reed’s “sweet spot”, that pressure that causes the reed to maximally vibrate and bring out the most “harmonics” and richness of sound of the reed. But what, really, are harmonics?