In my part of the world, “The Green Hills of Tyrol” is a staple of massed band performances. You can count on hearing it at some point at the beginning and end of each games day. It’s also used frequently for pipe band tuning—the second part is quite effective, since you are basically playing down the scale from High A. But this little workhorse of a tune is one of the oldest pipe band tunes in our repertoire today, and has quite an amazing story.
In this Piping 101 session, we take a look at Green Hills of Tyrol. This tune is a classic and in everyone's repertoire. Yet there are certain sections that are quite tricky. Fundamentals will get you through! Come have a look at how this often played tune should sound.
In this class we look primarily at part two of the tune. We focus on bringing out the music through ASAP/ALAP integration and work through the tricky bits. Clear articulation and beat minded embellishments make this a great but slightly challenging tune.
There was a soldier, A Scottish soldier...... Okay we don't actually sing the song in tonight's class but we do look at this impressive tune. Why do so many people use this tune while tuning? Why do we start low g technique on the beat? This and the first part of the tune all rolled into one awesome class!
In this class we start off with a student question about the proper way to play a G grace note to F. We look at two ways to learn it and play it both ways on the scale. Then we spend the majority of the time of Green Hills and look forward to Amazing Grace Next week.