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.
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).