Lament for Red Hector of the Battles is a very attractive short piobaireachd that can be found in the Piobaireachd Society Collection Book 4 and the Kilberry Book. The version we look at in this lesson featues only a Ground and first variation. For an interesting piece of background on Red Hector take a look here.
For many people coming to piobaireachd for the first time the biggest obstacle to overcome is the complicated crunluath movement – the movement on which the climactic variations of the majority of pieces are built. Without complete control over this seven gracenote movement it is nearly impossible to satisfactorily complete most tunes, coming as it does when we are mentally and physically most tired in the performance. In this series of lessons John Mulhearn looks at pieces for which there are no crunluath variations. These pieces are often unfairly thought of as inferior due to the lack of technical difficulty, however on closer examination we see strong melodies that deserve to be played in their own right.
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