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|The Sweet Maid of Glendaruel|
Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source
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Five discussion points
1 A lovely, bright and simple wee tune. Give it some joy when you play it. There are several ways to embellish this tune, all of which may be correct according to their own logic. If someone in your band knows this tune already and plays it differently, it is not worth arguing about. The high G gracenotes in teh doublings are mostly very big and heavy. Please listen carefully to the midi files.
2 Bar 4 the strike comes up on the beat, and therefore has to go down before the beat.
3 Bar 7 throw. The low G should be quite heavy here, and so take half of the time assigned to the preceding C. Listen carefully to the midi files.
4 Birl bar 8 - this has ben interpreted as a very short birl, although it could also be a more open birl.It fits into a 16th note, with the last strike coming up on the beat.
5 The last four bars should be quite firm, emphatic, and so have big high G gacenotes. Listen carefully to the midi files.
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)