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- Mon 26 January 2015
- 11:00 am BST
- Glenn Brown
- Graded Lessons, Lesson Level, Lessons, Level 4, Light Music
Loch Rannoch is a simple, melodic air composed by John Wilson, an important figure in development of piping in Canada. The score for this lesson is here.
When making the transition from practice chanter to pipes most people will agree that mastering the blowing/squeezing technique is the make or break skill to develop. In order to do this there are a couple of things that will undoubtedly help. Most importantly here you really need to be able to play some music comfortably from memory – you really do not want to have to think too hard about what your fingers are doing. The best types of tunes at this stage are slow airs. In addition to allowing you more time to focus on blowing and squeezing, slow airs are very important tunes to have in your repertoire as they are often the most stirring pieces of music, making them suitable for many different types of occasion. In this series of lessons Glenn Brown looks at a number of tunes, from popular standards to more obscure gaelic airs.
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What are Experience Levels?
Complete beginner. Chapters 1-15 of the National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book 1 running on a 10 week cycle.
Advanced beginner. Completing the remainder of the National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book 1 (chapter 15 – 26), running on a 10 cycle.
Intermediate. Made or making the transition to bagpipes, and being familiar with different types of tunes and time signatures. Knowledge of all embellishments. Equivalent to CLASP Grade 3, or North American Grade 4/5.
Advanced intermediate. Familiar with 4 part tunes in most time signatures. A little knowledge of piobaireachd. Roughly of CLASP Grade 2/3 or North American Grade 2/3.
Proficient. Good knowledge of different types of tunes. CLASP Grade 1 or North American Grade 1 and above.