If there were such a thing as an indesputable list of the top 10 greatest 2/4 marches of all time, Mrs. John MacColl would definitely be on the list. It's that simple. Today, using the tune-building process as always, we'll build up the first part of this essential march.
Important Things to Keep in Mind About the Tune Building Process:
- For a full video tutorial on how the tune-building process works, click here now. (If you've never seen it - watch it! It's important.)
- Remember, these video tutorials are condensed templates of what your own development of this tune should look like. Instead of playing each chunk 2 or 3 times... think more like 10 or 20 times - play it until you have complete comfort and control over it!
- Is this tempo too fast for you to develop control over the components? Slow it down! Do what works best for you.
Embellishments Required in This Lesson
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- PipeTunes.ca - Highly refined and accurate settings of tunes typeset by Jim McGillivray, with reference recordings by Jim himself. Reputable distribution model.
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