For this bagpipe lesson, Pipe Major Bill Robertson provides a few lesson pointers on how to play the march Braemar Higland Gathering. The tune was composed by one of the most famous of good Highland bagpipe music, Pipe Major George S. McLennan
Please go to www.pipetunes.ca for additional biographical details.
The folowing is an extract from pipetunes.ca:
“His marvellous The Braemar Gathering, would languish in obscurity until his step brother D. R. entered a nameless 6/8 march of his brother's in a composing contest for that venue and won. G. S.'s son George gave the winning tune its first public airing there in 1950. In fact, many of G. S.'s compositions were left only as numbered tunes in a manuscript book. They were later published and titled by his family. G.S.'s son George accepted the prize from the King and Queen at the Braemar Gathering in 1951.”
HRH Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles at Braemar Highland Gathering while at Balmoral on vacation.
By now with a number of 6/8 marches in the back numbers of my Tunes of the Month our website page for Bagpipe Tunes you should have much of the basics etc., already. Simply remember the basic 6/8 march beat of “12, 3” with “3” remainder of the upbeat having its relative upbeat duration to avoid a tendency to be a fraction too short and onto the next beat too soon.
Make sure you have solid enough execution of taorluaths, and to have the birl end of parts spot on the beat without being a shade too early as might happen. Tempo in the main for musical performance can be relatively steady at say 84 BPM, give or take a little.
Please use the audio especially, and the video demonstrations to help.
Click to download the tune notation for Braemar Highland Gathering
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