Far O'er the Sea

This bagpipe lesson is for Far O'er the Sea. Bill breaks the lesson down into sections with commentary for each section.

The tune is a March and the composer is not know.


The tune is suitable for the late beginner to advanced piper.

Far O'er the Sea may have been arranged quite some years ago from a song. Research on the title proved fruitless. It is a nice melody that appears to suit the Highland Bagpipe; a popular tune at one time that I think will be liked.

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Far O'er the Sea - 4/4 March

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Lesson Pointers for Far O'er the Sea

In such Common Time or 4/4 tunes (four beats to the bar) maintain controlled rhythm with good clear technique. Beats of two tied eighth notes of equal duration should have perfect equal duration of the downbeat and upbeat therein, without rushing off the downbeat as can happen if unaware. There is plenty of room in this tune to play well doublings and taorluath etc. A certain way of playing doublings in some bars is discussed in the sound file and video.

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