Dream Valley of Glendaruel

This bagpipe lesson is for Dream Valley of Glendaruel Bill breaks the lesson down into sections with commentary for each section.

The tune is a Retreat Air and was composed by Pipe Major John McLellan.


Dream Valley of Glendaruel could be suitable for the later beginner onwards.

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Dream Valley of Glendaruel - Retreat Air

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Lesson Pointers for Dream Valley of Glendaruel

Remember the principles mentioned last month about the beat rhythm in Simple Time tunes that applies to this tune in ¾ time with three beats to the bar. Have the controlled regular beat and observe the proper down/up in the tied eighth notes equal value/duration beats.

These retreat airs are relatively easy to play and allow plenty of time for good clarity of execution. Smaller simpler two parted tune should never be treated with disdain, but valued and played as well as one can musically. Eventual tempo suggested is of about 84 BPM, give or take a little. Retreat airs are normally played on the march, but not intended for others to march to.

Additional Information

This fine little tune was composed by the famous Pipe Major John McLellan of Dunoon whose music has featured a number of times in the tunes of the month. John McLellan was Pipe Major of the 8th Bn. the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in the early 1900's, a prolific composer of much fine light pipe music.

Dream Valley of Glendaruel

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