The Royal Scots Cap Badge

 

The Battle of the Somme

Pipe Major Willie Lawrie
*image courtesey of pipetunes.ca
The Battle of the Somme, a 9/8 Retreat Air commemorates the fierce battle of World War I in which many lives were lost on both sides of the conflict. Some weeks ago was the anniversary of that battle, hence my thoughts to have that tune for this month.

 

The battle was started on 1st of July 1916 in which the British troops lost 58,000 lives, with one third lost on the first day of the battle. A Google search on the battle will reveal details.

 

The composer was Pipe Major William Lawrie (1881-1916), 8thArgyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was a composer of note with many of his fine pieces often played today, especially his fine 2/4 marches that feature in the major piping competitions, both solo and band. He won piobaireachd premier gold medals and many light music events. Please see www.pipetunes.ca for much interesting biography.

 

Lesson Pointers

 

In playing the tune remember the three beats to the bar, good clarity of technique, and steady controlled compound rhythm i.e. the basic beat rhythm of 1–2,3– with attention to the remainder of the upbeat 3– duration without being too short sometimes. Some settings have a grip on the F of the seventh bar each part. The low A birls in the second part alternatively may simply have a high G grace note instead. Tempo could be about 80-84 BPM give or take a little.

 

Download The Music Notation.

 

Music Notation Click to download the tune notation for The Battle of the Somme

 

Listen To Bill's Audio Instruction.

 


(Note: If you are using Internet Explorer click twice on the triangle.)

 

Watch Bill's Video Instruction.

 



 

Do you like the lesson for XXX

 

Return from The Battle of the Somme back to Bagpipe Tunes

 

 


Download Lesson
Download media for this tutorial - 203 MB zip file. $5.00
  • Video - MP4 format.
  • Audio - MP3 Format.
  • PDF - Notation & Instructions.


[ ?] Subscribe To
This Site

XML RSS
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Add to Newsgator
Subscribe with Bloglines

Subscribe to
Tune of the Month

Bill publishes a bagpipe lesson every month. Take advantage of this FREE resource by subscribing to it.

Email

Name


Then



Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Tune Off The Month.
| Privacy Policy | Disclaimer Statement | Contact Bill |

Bills Contact Number: +64 9 534 8553              Skype: royal.scot

Return to top

Free bagpipe lessons for popular bagpipe tunes.

Copyright @ 2004 – 2014, by Greg Barnes, bagpipe-tutorials.com
No reproduction permitted without permission.