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This is another movement which is subject to some differences. “Tachum” is essentially a description of a rhythmical group but is most commonly used to describe the following:
Any two notes which can be said in the rhythm of the word “Tachum” can be described as a tachum. In orchestral music this feature is referred to as a “Scotch Snap”.
There is one more type of doubling which appears in simple tunes, but for some inexplicable reason, traditionally is rarely taught with basic technique. Equally inexplicable is that is doesn’t have an established name, yet is universally played and recognised. I call this movement “HARA”, as this is the ‘canntaireachd’ description of the embellishment. (Canntaireachd is an old system of notating pipe music by using words instead of writing on the five lines of the stave, and is still used for ‘piobaireachd’, the classical, or art music of the ‘pipes.
Order of Events:
1. Starting note - ‘E’ in example.
When coming from High ‘G’
remember to use the Thumb Gracenote):
1. High ‘G’.
HARA FROM HIGH ‘G’.
When you can play this exercise and the HARA smoothy and with control you are ready to start learning beginner tunes (if you haven't done some on the way) and to start thinking about transition to bagpipes.
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