A Bagpipe Lesson for
O'er the Bows to Ballindalloch

For this bagpipe lesson Pipe Major Bill Robertson explains playing the tune O'er the Bows to Ballindalloch

. Bill breaks the lesson down into sections with commentary for each section.


Listen to Bill's Audio Instruction
O'er the Bows to Ballindalloch - Strathspey

Download the Music Notation for O'er the Bows to Ballindalloch

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Lesson Pointers for the strathspey - O'er the Bows to Ballindalloch

First part: Observe four beats to the bar all the way through. Pay good attention to each full beat high A quarter note before executing the next beat with the grip on dotted high A and held well as for almost all dotted notes followed by a relatively very short F yet clearly.

The first bar and third bars third to fourth beat two very short notes one after the other should have a slight relaxation on the D first of the two, then clear high G grace note on the shorter E in practice to the long dotted F. Note similarly successive two short notes again in the four bar, F and B. Feel subtly the first beat in each bar just in your mind to help with the controlled regular bouncing rhythm of the dance without being overdone. All as demonstrated in the audio and video. 

Second part: This is more straightforward in paying attention to the relatively good duration on the dotted notes and clear very short notes without hacking, especially the short B and low A beginning of bars one and three as in the audio and video.

Additional Information

This is a bagpipe lesson for the tune O'er the Bows to Ballindalloch a traditional strathspey. I think it can be safely assumed that it is named after Ballindalloch Castle. O'er (over) the Bows might mean over the countryside to the castle and region rather than over water as might be imagined. 

Located in the Speyside, Ballindalloch is one of the famous castles in Scotland. Occupied by the MacPherson-Grant family continuously since 1546, surrounded by magnificent hills, with the waters of the Rivers Avon and Spey flowing through its grounds, it is in close proximity to the famous whisky distilleries of Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Cragganmore and Glenfarclas.


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