This next tune in the continuing series of Tunes of the First World War is “The 1st Battalion (72nd) Seaforth Highlanders Entry into Baghdad, March 1917.” This tune is closely related to another entry in this series, “Major MacRae’s Farewell to the 72nd Highlanders.” Both of these tunes are about the 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders and both of these tunes have their roots in the Mesopotamian Campaign.
Your band is holding a master class with an accomplished piper. Your sitting at the table playing through your band set on your practice chanter with your bandmates. Your guest instructor invites individuals to play the tune by him or herself. What do you do?
There is the long-held belief that Bagpipes were classified as an instrument of war and were banned in the Act of Prosription of 1746. This stems from the aftermath of the Jacobite Rising 1745. It is believed that bagpipes and their playing, were banned. Unfortunately history is always complicated.
How many of us wish we had more personal time to practice our music? Are you a bagpiper or drummer who is constantly pressured to find the time in a busy life to schedule regular, consistent rehearsal to learn new music, or practice your current repertoire? Engaging in mental practice sessions is something that can fit into even the busiest of schedules, and give the additional time we crave.
The next tune in our continuing series on the Pipe Tunes of the First World War, and our Battle of the Somme mini-series, is “The Taking of Beaumont Hamel.” This tune commemorates the capture of Beaumont Hamel in November 1916 but it also serves as a bookend to one of the great tragedies of the Battle of the Somme.
Let’s say you had a question about, well, anything. These days, all of us will automatically move to our phones or keyboards and consult Google for the information. We just do it. We never think, “Oh, I don’t feel like typing in a query to Google, I’ll do it tomorrow.” But that is the way pipers will treat sitting down to learn a new tune, or improving their technique.
The Glenfiddich Piping Championships is probably considered the most prestigious solo piping competition of the modern day. Only the most successful solo pipers of any given year are invited to play, thus guaranteeing one will only hear the highest quality musical performances. Once upon a time, the Glenfiddich saw fit to record some of these
What is the most difficult aspect of learning bagpipes or pipe band drumming? It’s not the music and it’s not playing or maintaining the instrument. It is practicing or, building the habits to practice.