Home | Contact | Bagpipe Lessons | Bagpipe Tunes | DVD's | Piob. Stories | Whats New

John Roy Stewart

A bagpipe lesson for a traditional strathspey

Return to Homepage

A Bagpipe Lesson for John Roy Stewart

It helps to beat time with all four beats to the bar to keep the beats in control without jumping onto some beats too soon. Allied with these beats should be good attention always to the dotted notes that are relatively longer in duration than one might think. As a result the short notes have to be in the main relatively shorter than the 16th note as written, yet clearly executed without clipping. These few points help to maintain the rhythm and lift or bounce of the dance.

Many of the doublings on short notes should have the similar timing of basic strathspey movement i.e. the rather open doubling on a short C, or B, going down fairly smartly to the longer dotted low A, B, or low G. In tripings/triplets make sure all three notes are heard clearly with the longest third note held well enough for the remainder of the beat.

Keep in mind a slightly extra feeling on the first beat in each bar seemingly without disturbing the momentum or the regular dance rhythm.

When two short 16th notes follow one another as in the first bar third and fourth beats – Low G, low A – B, E, the first of the two very short notes low A should be slightly more relaxed/very subtly to allow the next short note B to be executed clearly with its doubling in this case, yet seemingly keeping the first dotted note long enough.

The audio and video should illustrate.

Download The Music Notation.

Click to download the tune notation for Dream Valley of Glendaruel

Listen To Bill's Audio Instruction.

Watch Bill's Video Instruction.

Watch the video on YouTube
Do you like the lesson for XXX
Return from Dream Valley of Glendaruel back to Bagpipe Tunes
Enjoy This Site?
Then why not use the button below, to add this sight to your favorite bookmarking service?

Beginners Comprehensive Guide DVD

Beginners Guide

US$67.00 Incl. Shipping


Advanced Comprehensive Guide DVD

Advanced Guide

US$67.00 Incl. Shipping

Piobaireachd Technique DVD

Beginners Guide

US$76.00 Incl. Shipping

115 Piobaireachd Tutorilas

Beginners Guide

US$197.00 Incl. Shipping

top of the page

Copyright Bill Robertson © 2012 All rights reserved