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Major John Mclennan - a Free Bagpipe Lesson

Major John McLennan (1864-1916) of the Gordon Highlanders died in Aberdeen, Scotland on 8 September 1916. Contrary to some belief he died of cancer, not a fall from his horse.

Additionally, the famous Major “John McLennan” march, was written in his honor by Pipe Major George Stewart McLennan, who was a renowned piper and composer, and his cousin.


Lesson Pointers


Both second times for the second and fourth parts have the incomplete bars to be used in place of certain notes in first time through fourth bar second beat. Refer sound file if necessary. I prefer to start the tune directly on the first bar downbeat F in solo, and especially when in a band. These dotted quartertones that fall on the left foot need good full beat control/feeling, yet maintaining the momentum of the tune.

Please observe the basic beat rhythm of the 6/8 march of 1—2,3— as mentioned in the sound file and video, without tending to drop off the remainder of the upbeat 3— too soon. – A good melodic basic 6/8 march.


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