Teach Yourself Bagpipes by Lindsay Davidson - Piobaireachd

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Glengarry's Lament

The first place to start with learning any pibroch, is to listen to the ground a million times, enough so that you can sing it very comfortably.

Above, you have an example of one interpretation of the ground.

Discussion points:

  • Make sure that you can 'feel' the low G gracenote at the beginning of the ground. It should be just long enough to register the sensation, and then move on.
  • If we could make a swell on the bagpipe, the first moment to do this would be on the F in bar 2.  Try to hear this swell in your head, and create the sensation of the beat landing resolutely on the C.
  • The introductory E ("hien"), is just that...introductory. You shouldn't give this too much time, and don't allow it to disrupt the pulse of the tune.
  • Observe the patterns of similarity in rhythm - bar 5 and bar 6 are similar in effect. The cadence to close the phrase is then a bit separate, but don't break the flow. This true for the repeat of this motif in the next line.
  • Please notice that before the cadential phrase, the E is held longer than indicated in the staff notation.
  • No notes are played in a 'cut' or sharp, hurried manner.
Further instructions will follow (written in May 2021).

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