Settle a question
by William O'Donnell
(Bloomfield Hills MI, USA)
As a highly experience piper, I would like to have you settle a question that comes up between me and other pipers-some of whom are highly experienced.
As a self-taught piper, I had to examine many of the movements to make sense of them. This particular question involves 3 movements. The Grip, the Throw and the Lemluath. The basis of all three movements involves the same 3 notes. The lo G grancenote, the D gracenote on Low G returning to some other note. The only exception is the throw on D, which adds the extra C for the rippling effect.
So Bill, here it comes:
I maintain that the only difference between the 3 is as follows. A grip separates 2 identical notes(A to A , B to B, etc). A throw separates 2 different notes(which is why there is no D to D throw). If the second(different)not is an E, , its a Lemluath.
If students pay particular attention to the basic movement, all 3, AND the Taorluath make sense-because the taorluath is still a grip form. A g gracenote on a primary note, the grip, and an E gracenote ending on A. (B to B and C to C are the only ones that can end on a note other than A.
What's you opinion??