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- Mon 10 March 2014
- 7:00 pm BST
- John Mulhearn
- Graded Lessons, Lesson Level, Lessons, Level 3, Piobaireachd
The Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay is often cited by top professional pipers as being in their shortlist of favourite pieces. This is probably for many reasons but could arguably all be boiled down to the fact that it does not fit into any regular phrasing pattern – it is what one would classify as an ‘irregular’ structure. This poses a number of challenges, not least in memorisation! It also, however, gives the player longer passages in which to express the emotions of the piece.
This series of lessons is not so much designed to teach the tunes, as to give an insight into some of the ‘bigger’ tunes, with the hope that it inspires curiosity, understanding and appreciation of these masterpieces, and of piobaireachd generally.
The score for this can be found in the Kilberry Book, Piobaireachd Society Book 13, or for a more unconventional styled score Binneas is Boreraig.
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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.