The Little Cascade - Reel

For this bagpipe lesson Pipe Major Bill Robertson explains playing the tune The Little Cascade. Bill breaks the lesson down into sections with commentary for each section.

The tune is a Reel and the tune was composed by Pipe Major George S. McLennan

Listen to Bill's Audio Instruction
The Little Cascade - Reel

Download the Music Notation for The Little Cascade

Click to download the tune notation for The Little Cascade

Lesson Pointers for The Little Cascade

With this tune I suggest that you relax on the shorter notes without over-pointing, that is why reels are written most likely in 2/2 or ¢ time. In other words have good clarity of execution, and avoid treating the pointing like a 2/4 March.

There are some slightly different ways of playing some of the parts, especially the fourth part i.e. absolutely dead round nearly all the way, or have a subtle shortening of the first note in first beat of each bar first three bars followed by the roundness as I do. I have it on good authority from my friend and fine piper Willie Cruickshank son of Pipe Major George Cruickshank ex Gordon Highlanders a contemporary and friend of the composer. I feel that the grace note on these second notes of these groupings indicates certain feeling on that second note. The choice is up to the performer.

A tempo of about 72-84 beats per minute recommended.

Additional Information

The reel, The Little Cascade was composed by Pipe Major George S. McLennan. Legend has it that he composed the tune while been held as a prisoner of war in Germany during WW1. He apparently composed the tune while unable to sleep because of a dripping tap.

If you have any questions or comments, please use Contact Form to contact Bill.

Recent Articles

  1. Strathspesys- a bagpipe lesson by Pipe major Bill Robertson

    Jan 12, 19 12:14 PM

    Strathspeys - a bagpipe lesson by Pipe Major Bill Robertson, broken down in sections with commentary. The bagpipe lesson includes audio, video commentary and downloadable sheet music

    Read More

  2. Playing Jigs - Pipe Major Bill Roberts teaches you how to play them

    Jan 11, 19 01:28 PM

    Playing Jigs - for this video Pipe Major Bill Robertson introduces you to the technique of playing Jigs on the bagpipe chanter

    Read More

  3. Strikes - a bagpipe lesson by Pipe Major Bill Robertson

    Jan 09, 19 03:33 AM

    Strikes. Pipe Major Bill Robertson demonstartes the correct technique for playing strikes on the bagpipe chanter

    Read More