This is probably the most contentious piece in this ‘cunluath-less’ series. The score used in this lesson is taken from the Piobaireachd Society Volume 4, which is in itself derived from Angus MacKay’s MS, Donald MacDonald’s book and the Campbell Canntaireachd.
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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