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- Tue 28 October 2014
- 1:00 pm BST
- John Mulhearn
- Basics - Learn to play, Graded Lessons, Lesson Level, Lessons, Level 5, Light Music
Cullen Bay is in some-ways a very unusual tune – it is a march with a 5/4 time signature. However, despite the odd number of beats in a bar it is nevertheless a highly melodic tune and is used in many parts of the ‘piping world’ as a mass bands tune and is therefore an excellent tune to have under your belt if you wish to play with other people. We look at a simplified setting in this lesson, allowing greater attention to be be paid to timing and correct fingering.
A more convention setting of the tune can be found on pipetunes.ca
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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.