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Five discussion points
1 This is a hugely popular tune, based on a song. Unlike many pipe tunes which are converted from songs, this tune actually resembles the song fairly well. Herein lies a potential issue for a band that has players who have learned elsewhere - they probaby know this tune, and there are so many variants that it is likely to be a challenge.Tolerance is advised.
2 The low Gs in the throws are almost all long, taking fully a 32nd note.
3 The throw at the begininng of bar 3 - give half of the preceding B to the low G. The interpretative effect is like taking a big breath to sing the next line. This will also be a great chance to show your audience that as a band you can interpret.
4 The high G doublings all present the first high G on the beat or half beat. This is essential to observe to make sure the tempo stays absolutely steady. This tune sounds well at a stately tempo, without rushing.
5 The hara at the end of each part has the beat on the moment when the second D comes up..