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Bagpipe Lessons for Corn Rigs are Bonnie and A Man's A Man A' That

The two tunes I have chosen, namely A Man's a Man for A' That & Corn Rigs are Bonnie are adapted from songs by Robert Burns are suggested as appropriate for use next month when celebrating Burns' birth, called Burns' Supper, around 25th January.

One tune can be for playing in the Haggis Party, and the other playing out after the Ode' etc. It is suggested once through parts when playing for such short distances etc.


Lesson Pointers


These tunes are in 2/4 time with two beats in the bar. As mentioned in the audio and video please pay attention to the basic downbeat and upbeat of the beats, especially the relative upbeat duration that tends to be neglected quite often even by very good pipers in 2/4 marches. These upbeats often have dotted notes that indicate certain relative duration. Endeavour to have clean/clear doublings and tachums that must not be too clipped as pointed out in the audio and video.


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Corn Rigs

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Additional Information About Robert Burns


I came accross an interesting website maintained by The Robert Burns World Federation and I noted that they have a page dedicated to The Burns Supper. The author has provided some background information about the Burns Supper plus and principle components of a Traditional Burns Supper.


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Ray Cookson 
Nice to be able to give feedback Bill. The lesson is very good. Good timing and good advice on all fronts. The timings of both tunes were slightly …


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