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Welcome to the lessons of 2017.

 

In 2011, we studied everything from the bag, to the reeds, to blowing and the use of the tuning meter. Your pipe should now be in tip top shape. As most pipers play in bands, 2012 we concentrated on band music - sets of tunes - tunes common to all bands, from the parade band to the concert and competitive band. In 2013, we took a close look at technique and rhythm with the hopes of improving the skill level of every band player. If we are successful, your bands will improve as well. So often, in a band you are expected to understand how and what to learn. Music is handed out and you are left to randomly fend for yourself. In 2014 we studied methods of memorizing our music. These sessions hopefully took the guess work out of the process and established a firm method for all band players.... In 2015 we became more knowledgeable on setting up and tuning the instrument. I hope you enjoy the next few months.... Our focus will be on treating music as a language.....all the best for 2016..The Captain

 


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The Lament for the Iolaire


December 13, 2017

     Lesson 41

Jig Suff          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Continued Compound Rhythms!

 

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December 6, 2017

     Lesson 40

Other Time Signatures           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

9/8 - one more beat per bar!

 

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November 29, 2017

     Lesson 39

Meg MacRae           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

A Tune by Duncan Johnstone

 

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November 22, 2017

     Lesson 38

The First 6/8 March           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

The Midlothian Pipe Band - 2017

 

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November 15, 2017

     Lesson 37

Compound Time Signatures           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

A Primer on 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8!

 

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November 8, 2017

     Lesson 36

                         Reel or Hornpipe?           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Two Examples of the Difference!

 

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November 1, 2017

     Lesson 35

                         Reel or Hornpipe?           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Always Some Confusion!

 

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October 25, 2017

     Lesson 34

                        Two Dance Reels!           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Right from the Scots Guards Collection!

In Brazil teaching for the month, so lessons are up early!

 

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October 18, 2017

     Lesson 33

                        Another Reel!           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Starting a set of reels!

In Brazil teaching for the month, so lessons are up early!

 

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October 11, 2017

     Lesson 32

                        The Words of a Reel!           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

A first attempt!

In Brazil teaching for the month, so lessons are up early!

 

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October 4, 2017

     Lesson 31

                        Reel Rhythm Drills!           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Get the feel first!

 

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September 27, 2017

     Lesson 30

                        Reel Beats & Rhythms!           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Understanding the Reel

 

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September 20, 2017

     Lesson 29

                        The Reel Feel!           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Understanding the Reel

 

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 September 13, 2017

     Lesson 28

                        Up the ante !           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

The Competitive Strathspey

More of the Same!

 

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September 6, 2017

     Lesson 27

                        Welcome Back !           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

How has your strathspey playing improved?

 

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June 28, 2017

     Lesson 26

                        Break for Summer !           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Leaving you with Donald Ross of Vancouver!

 

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June 21, 2017

     Lesson 25

                        Pulsing and Phrasing the Strathspey!           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Essential Understanding Prior to Learning

 

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June 14, 2017

     Lesson 24

                        Strathspey Triplets!           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Unique Pulsing !

 

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June 7, 2017

     Lesson 23

                        Finger Dexterity and Drills!           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

More Essential Rhythms!

 

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May 31, 2017

     Lesson 22

                        The Strathspey!           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Essential Rhythms!

 

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May 24, 2017

     Lesson 21

                        Drills for Opening & Closing!           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Relax! Relax! Relax!

 

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May 17, 2017

     Lesson 20

                        Freeing up Your Fingers !           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Relax! Relax! Relax!

 

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May 10, 2017

     Lesson 19

                        Do Your Fingers Tighten Up?           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Strengthening Through Stretching!

 

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May 3, 2017

     Lesson 18

                        A Taorluath Tune          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Welcome Jim McBay!

 

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April 26, 2017

     Lesson 17

                        Taor = Three!          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

The Taorluath Rhythm!

 

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April 19, 2017

     Lesson 16

                         Grips in Practice!          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

The Bonawe Highlanders!

 

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April 12, 2017

     Lesson 15

                        Get a Grip!          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

A Fundamental Low G Rhythm!

 

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April 5 2017

     Lesson 14

                        "A Tune for the D Throw!"          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Introducing the slur!

 

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March 29, 2017

     Lesson 13

                        "Low G is the most important note!"          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

All those Rhythms Beginning with Fingers Closed!

 

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March 22, 2017

     Lesson 12

                        "Do You Know Where Eriskay is?"          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Time to Articulate Our Doublings!

 

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March 15, 2017

     Lesson 11

                        "Understanding the Doubling"          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

All Rhythms are Intended to Enhance the Music

 

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March 8, 2017

     Lesson 10

                        "Time to Double Up"          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Melody-Accent-Rhythm!

 

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March 1, 2017

     Lesson 9

                        "Strike it Rich"          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

What to do Between Notes of the Same Pitch!

 

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February 22, 2017

     Lesson 8

                        "Upbeats and Downbeats"          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Playing in Time is a Must!

 

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February 15, 2017

     Lesson 7

                        "Strike it Rich"          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Accent Between Notes of the Same Pitch!

 

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February 8, 2017

     Lesson 6

                        Grace Noting Primer          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

A Refresher of Sorts!

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" I never knew that!"

 

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February 1, 2017

     Lesson 5

                        Fingers a Flying          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Let's get the tunes up to tempo!

 

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January 25, 2017

     Lesson 4

                        Reading Effectively         Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Again, basic, but so important!

Understanding the beat and pulse structure!

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January 18, 2017

     Lesson 3

                        Finger Position          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

Basic, but so important!

Check Yours Out!

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January 11, 2017

     Lesson 2

                        The Bagpipe Manual!          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

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January 4, 2017

     Lesson 1

                        Welcome to the Lessons of 2017!          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes

 

 

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December 28, 2016

     Lesson 43

                                  Happy New Year!           Click to Download the Notes       Click to Download the Notes

A Toast to Great Music in 2017

 

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December 21, 2016

     Lesson 42

                                  Merry Christmas!           Click to Download the Notes       Click to Download the Notes

A Last Minute Gift Guide for the Piper

 

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December 21, 2016

     Lesson 42

 Merry Christmas           Click to Download the Notes          Click to Download the Notes     

A Great Gordon Duncan Tune

 

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December 14, 2016

     Lesson 41

 Upside Down in Eden Court!           Click to Download the Notes          Click to Download the Notes     

A Great Gordon Duncan Tune

 

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December 7, 2016

     Lesson 40

You are on Your Own!           Click to Download the Notes          Click to Download the Notes     

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Download the Music if you haven't already!

 

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November 30, 2016

     Lesson 39

A Musical First Jig!           Click to Download the Notes          Click to Download the Notes     

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Download the Music

 

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November 23, 2016

     Lesson 38

Let's Finish the Jig!           Click to Download the Notes          Click to Download the Notes     

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Download the Music

 

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November 16, 2016

     Lesson 37

Jigs Up!           Click to Download the Notes          Click to Download the Notes     

The Pulses of Compound Rhythms in Jigs

 

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November 9, 2016

     Lesson 36

 My Teacher's Tune           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

The Scots Guards Welcome to Toronto - 9/8

by John Wilson

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November 2, 2016

     Lesson 35

One of My Favourites - Rhythm Heaven           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Meg MacRae and Duncan Johnstone

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October 26, 2016

     Lesson 34

The 6/8 March           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Monoline, Rhythm and Memorizing!!

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October 19, 2016

     Lesson 33

Compound Rhythms           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

A Lesson in Percussion!!

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October 12, 2016

     Lesson 32

Now It Becomes More Complex           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Compound Time Signatures!

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October 5, 2016

     Lesson 31

The Hornpipe - The Tempo Experience          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Getting the musical tempo!

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September 28, 2016

     Lesson 30

The Hornpipe - Learning Experience          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Remember when streaking was the rage!

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September 21, 2016

     Lesson 29

Time for a Break          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

9/11 Memorials were held just 2 weeks ago

Time to Reflect on the 15th Anniversary!

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September 14, 2016

     Lesson 28

Reel Confusion          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

A Reel is a Hornpipe or a Hornpipe is a Reel

Are you confused?

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September 7, 2016

     Lesson 27

Fall Start Up          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

School is in! A variation on the reel - the Hornpipe !

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June 29, 2016

     Lesson 26

Summer Recess          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

School is out until September - have a safe summer!

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June 22, 2016

     Lesson 25

Completing the Reel          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Practicing by playing a reel!

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June 15, 2016

     Lesson 24

A First Reel          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Practicing by playing a reel!

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June 8, 2016

     Lesson 23

Reels - The Next Step          Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Understanding the pulses of 2/2 time!

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June 1, 2016

     Lesson 22

Parts 3 and 4 of Mrs. Donald MacPherson           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

A tune by the great Donald MacPherson!

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May 25, 2016

     Lesson 21

The Competitive Strathspey           Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

A tune by the great Donald MacPherson!

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May 18, 2016

     Lesson 20

Calum Campbell of Benbecula            Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Staying with Fred Morrison's !

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May 11, 2016

     Lesson 19

Seonaidh's Tune            Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

One of Fred Morrison's Best!

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May 4, 2016

     Lesson 18

Advanced Nuances of the Strathspey   Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Strong - weak pulses

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April 27, 2016

     Lesson 17

Nuances of the Strathspey   Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Time to look at some dance music!

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April 20, 2016

     Lesson 16

Phrasing Patterns    Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Understand Phrasing Prior to Playing!

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April 13, 2016

     Lesson 15

Analyzing Repetition    Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Expect and Understand Prior to Playing!

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April 6, 2016

     Lesson 14

The Conclusion of Sandy Spence    Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

A demanding pulse in the third part!

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March 30, 2016

     Lesson 13

Increasing the Rhythmic Component    Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Applying pulsing and phrasing to the experience!

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March 23, 2016

     Lesson 12

The Second Half of the Tune    Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

You are now ready to compete for the first time!

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March 16, 2016

     Lesson 11

Let's Get Started!    Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

A Starter's Tune!

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March 9, 2016

     Lesson 10

The Pulses of the 2/4 March    Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Learning to "pronounce" the rhythms!

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March 2, 2016

     Lesson 9

The Complexities of the 2/4 March    Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

A variety of 1,2,3 and 4 note beat groups!

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February 24, 2016

     Lesson 8

Playing Marches   Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Some additional pulses to look for!

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February 17, 2016

     Lesson 7

Pulsing & Band Playing   Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

If all pipers start the same, they finish the same!

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February 10, 2016

     Lesson 6

Finishing the Simple Timed Tune    Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Start a second tune and send me your results!

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February 3, 2016

     Lesson 5

How to Find Those Musical Words    Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Translate the vocals to visible words!

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January 27, 2016

     Lesson 4

Grace Notes for Accent    Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

The G grace note is the most important piping tool you have!

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January 20, 2016

     Lesson 3

Simple Time Placement of Pulse Lines    Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Getting used to the concept of the strong pulses

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January 13, 2016

     Lesson 2

Words, Beat and Pulse     Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

Fundamental definitions - Music is a language!

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January 6, 2016

     Lesson 1

The New Year     Click to Download the Notes        Click to Download the Notes       

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