The Royal Scots Cap Badge


Bagpipe Lessons for Rachael Rae and Pigeon on the Gate

These two reels I used to play many years ago as part of the tunes that the then famous Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band (now Lothians and Borders Police) played under the direction of Pipe Major Donald Shaw Ramsay.

It was my Pipe Major Willie Denholm in my early days in The Royal Scots (early 1950's) who introduced his pipers to learn much of the ECPPB repertoire including these reels and more. Willie Denholm was guest piper with Donald Ramsay's band along with Piper Bob Gibson and two of our good side drummers for a season or so. After compulsory National Service Bob Gibson joined the Edinburgh City Police and the band, and was a valuable member for many years.


Lesson Pointers


For both tunes endeavour to relax within reason on the pointing as in most reels and strive for good clean, clear execution. That is why reels are written in split common time (2/2) rather than 2/4 time in having the short notes with two hooks rather than three hooks as in 2/4s much of the time.

These little reels along with some others to come later, if you think worthwhile, are worth considering for medleys in a band or solo. There are two beats to the bar. BPM could be about 92-108.

These tunes are mostly suitable for intermediate and advanced pipers.


Download The Music Notation.


Music Notation Click to download the tune notation for Pigeon on the Gate and Rachael Rae


Listen To Bill's Audio Instruction.


Pigeon on the Gate

(Note: If you are using Internet Explorer click twice on the triangle.)


Rachael Rae

(Note: If you are using Internet Explorer click twice on the triangle.)


Watch Bill's Video Instruction.



Do you like the lesson for Rachael Rae

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

I've been attempting to learn to play bagpipes for several years now all on my own with the help of DVD instruction and your Tune of The Month lessons. …


Return to Bagpipe Tunes



| Privacy Policy | Disclaimer Statement | Contact Bill |

Bills Contact Number: +64 9 534 8553              Skype:

Return to top

Free bagpipe lessons for popular bagpipe tunes.

> Copyright© 2004- All Rights Reserved