Bagpipe lessons For The 74th's Farewell to Edinburgh
For this bagpipe lesson Bill teaches us to play The 74th's Farewell to Edinburgh. This 2/4 Competition type march used to be very popular by competitors, although today it seldom appears in recordings from the top solo competitions.
The “74th's” refers to the old numbering of the second battalion of the Highland Light Infantry regiment of the British Army; later amalgamated with the first battalion numbered the 71st. The regiment was amalgamated in 1959 with the Royal Scots Fusiliers to become The Royal Highland Fusiliers.
A few years ago the infantry regiments of the British Army were re-organized into much larger regiments, whereby all the Scottish infantry regiments of the Line (not including the Scots Guards) were amalgamated into the one new regiment called the Royal Regiment of Scotland and consisting of five new battalions with each retaining a small recognition of their old regiments, but all wearing the same new badge and kilt in the Government tartan also known as the Black Watch tartan. However, the pipers (the drummers I am not certain about) retain the accouterments and tartan of the old regiments. The pipers tartan is often the Royal Stuart tartan that only pipers are privileged to wear by Royal consent/approval.
Some Lesson Pointers.
My audio tutorial of this is on the practice chanter to allow comment etc., on expression and execution. Some points are:
In the main sound file in some places where two very short notes are together as in 2, I remark about the slight relaxation on the first of the two very short notes to help with good clarity of execution of the following cutting. The other point in the above extract is that I believe that the high G grace note is preferable on the low A rather than the tachum as in P/M Willie Ross' Book 4, which I deem to be a printer's error. Seumas MacNeil's Book 1 has it almost as above except for an E grace note instead of the G grace note – another printer's more obvious error.
2nd part and elsewhere:
Beware of clean not clipped tachums and in the 4s below proper upbeat low A duration on these tachums and elsewhere in the tune. The B taorluath 5 played on the beat – birls end of parts too.
The rest you can digest from the main audio file remembering the pointing, feeling, and attention to upbeat duration where even some of the best pipers fall short – myself included at times. Nice flow and momentum.
Click to download the tune notation for The 74th's Farewell to Edinburgh.
Part 1 – 74th's Farewell to Edinburgh
Part 2 – 74th's Farewell to Edinburgh
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