Bagpipe Lessons for Caber Feidh
This bagpipe tune is also commonly played as a march in 4/4 time, and as a strathspey. There is also a jig setting perhaps not as common. Of course there is a shorter and rounder setting of this reel too.
Caber Feidh is Gaelic for Deer's horns. It was in the long toast of the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforths and Camerons) regiment. The music naturally was associated with the regiment too.
The exercise below is to make sure the movements that occur often are played correctly. The longest “B's” and “C's” must have good relative duration. The “D” and “E” grace notes following have to be executed clearly by playing “D” grace note on the way down to the lower note, not late. As you can see the “E” grace note is played soon afterwards with clear division, all akin to the “G, D, E,” rhythm, without clipping. If necessary practise a while slowly and evenly like an open tachum with an “E” grace note tagged on the end. Refer to the video below.
Some Lesson Pointers.
PS:If in doubt about rhythm in reels, in general let the reels roll along in a nice regular Down Up pulsed rhythm with certain accents or feeling, not over-pointed, allowing for clean clear execution without clipping short notes too much. P/M's or Directors of pipe bands might want competition type reels played with more relative duration or pointing on most of the dotted notes. That can be alright providing good clarity is maintained on the short notes and on technique such as tachums, cuttings, and “G, D, E,” movements.
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