This bagpipe lesson is for Dalnahassaig. Bill breaks the lesson down into sections with commentary for each section.
The tune is a strathspey and was composed by Pipe Major George S. McLennan
There are four beats to the bar that one should pay attention to the controlled rhythm by giving all beats proper relative duration, without tending to come onto some beats too early. When playing the tune it helps to have in your mind the first beat in the bar particularly to feel as we say that beat that is a full quarter note/crotchet value, even just a little in the mind as you go, yet seemingly not disturbing the momentum.
These notes are mainly F's, high G's, and high As to think of, and which on your pipes should be sounding well balanced without being too sharp relatively. Observing the regular lift/bounce of the dance along with the dotted notes is essential.
Apparently the composer Pipe Major George S. McLennan in appreciation of his stay with his half-brother Pipe Major (of the Seaforth Highlanders, later Captain) Donald R. MacLennan and his wife. G.S. asked D.R. to name the tune which he did by selecting the name of his father-in-law's farm Dalnahassaig. Donald was as famous as G.S., in winning many top solo piping competitions.
This two parted strathspey goes well with the two parted Over the Bows to Ballindalloch in the list of back-numbers in our website.
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