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Up the Pole

Composed by Lindsay Davidson, 2020
up the pole

High G and high A gracenotes all have the same length. Given the tune goes quickly this makes it easier to manage.
The strikes in the second part are the same length as the gracenotes in the first part.
In teh third part the dtrikes between As and Bs are the same length as each other. The pinky should really go strainght down onto the hole and this should not be seen as a birl of any is a strike.
The rhythmical grouping in the thrid part on the as and Bs and also the little scalic runs is unusual in pipe music. It is more common in slow jigs or triple hornpipe sets in the order tradition.
In the last par there is a hidden melody between the As and Gs. This gives the player a different thing to listen for and a different interpretative option for solo playing.
The third part has an interpretative option. In bar 19 you can choose a low A for solo playing (as sounds in the learning videos) or you can choose a D as written for playing together (this suits harmonisations better).

Videos to play along with

High pitch normal speed

High pitch half speed

High pitch quarter speed

Low pitch normal speed

Low pitch half speed

Low pitch quarter speed

Here are two further videos at three quarter speed. In this the band interpretation for bar 19 has been chosen.

High pitch

Low pitch

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