HMS Renown - Hornpipe

This bagpipe lesson is for the slow air Miss Proud. Bill breaks the lesson down into sections with commentary for each section


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Miss Proud - Reel

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Lesson Pointers for Miss Proud

The tune is a competition type reel, two beats to the bar, and although pointed (relative duration of dotted notes and cut/shorter notes) the music must not be too clipped relatively on the shorter notes to enable the smoother rhythm of the reel and clarity of execution to prevail.

The transcription of the music below is different from that in Pipe Major Willie Ross' Book 1 in respect of the following:

  1. The birls mainly in the fourth bars and eighth bars could have the high G grace note as in most common practice, although as in the Book 1 without the high G grace note is acceptable and how I used to play and still tend to do. 
  2. The fourth part eighth bar I feel should be consistent with the other parts with the long high A. The two high As divided by a grip as in Book 1 tends to distort the rhythm of the tune. 
  3. The last bar in the fourth part first beat should have C instead of low A; a printer's error obviously as it is in the Book.

Additional Information

HMS RenownThe battleship HMS Renown

The hornpipe HMS Renown, was suggested by a regular subscriber who felt that more hornpipes would be appreciated. I do not have many four parted hornpipes, but managed to find the music of this one that I heard and enjoyed many year ago when listening to it played by the Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band in their heyday under Pipe Major Donald Ramsay. The title of the tune is a good one for what is sometimes called the Sailors' Hornpipe for this branch of the music.

Incidentally Wikipedia have an interesting article on the history of HMS Renown

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