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The Mermaid Song (and Compound Time Basics)

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Let's learn a simple slow air today. As we go, we'll discuss the essential theory behind "compound time." What makes 6/8 time different from 3/4 time? Can we learn to sight-read in this seemingly complicated rhythmic environment? (Hint: Sure we can!)

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

To acquire the sheet music for this tune:

The world of bagpipe tunes is a crazy, pretty disorganized place. At Dojo U, we'd like to support the composers and publishers of bagpipe music wherever humanly possible. If you're serious about adding a tune to your repertoire, please visit one of the following sites that reputably distribute digital bagpipe sheet music, and therefore responsibly pay out royalties to bagpipe composers where applicable.
  • PipeTunes.ca - Highly refined and accurate settings of tunes typeset by Jim McGillivray, with reference recordings by Jim himself. Reputable distribution model.
  • LeeAndSonsBagpipes.com - Highly refined and accurate settings of tunes typeset by Jack Lee, with reference recordings by Jack himself. Includes an expansive library of Piobaireachd. Reputable distribution model.
If you can't find this tune on one of these sites, please contact us and we'll do what we can to help!

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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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