For this bagpipe lesson Pipe Major Bill Robertson steps you through playing Pipe Major Sam Scott. The tutorial is broken down into sections with commentary.
Pay attention to the basic beat rhythm of compound marches is 1––,2,3–; 1—2,3–; and so on. I is the longest, 2 the shortest, and 3 the remainder of the upbeat, without being too hasty onto the next beat.
If in doubt play for some time say every two bars at a time very slowly as if a slow air to get it right. Beware of the clean E to high G in first and fourth bars, first part. Notice especially in the third part how the longer low As have a certain extra feeling yet without seemingly disturbing the rhythm, as similarly with the notes before the grips in the fourth part without being over done and jerky.
Beats per minute about 72–84 for musical enjoyment as many four parted 6/8 marches are intended.
This fine tune was a favourite pipe tune of Bandmaster C.E. Smith when together in our old regiment.
T he composer for Pipe Major Sam Scott was Peter R. MacLeod. The biographical information below was copied from www.pipetunes.ca, a very good website.
Sam Scott was an Ottawa native and long-time Pipe Major of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. Prior to service during WW2, he spent some time in the Highlanders' Club, Glasgow, where he made lifelong friendship with the famous Pipe Major Peter R MacLeod (a very good prolific composer of fine pipe music) who composed this well known 6/8 march in honour of Sam Scott.
A much loved and respected piping figure in Ontario, Sam Scott died in traffic accident in 1972.
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