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Bagpipe Lessons for The Friendly Piper

I know nothing about the composer The Friendly Piper or the reason for the title of this fine 9/8 air that I think you will enjoy. The famous New Zealand piper Bill Boyle played this with Gordon Ogilvy organ to good effect on an LP record some years ago; my reason for choosing it.


Please note that the half tachums that appear in the second and sixth bars of the first and third parts are meant to be only the half tachum because full tachums in compound rhythm upbeats amounts to overloading.


Remember three beats to the bar and the basic compound beat timing of 1--,2,3- (down-- & up-). Also the note at the top of the music about the last two beats customary carry over without any division in ¾ and 9/8 retreat airs.


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Hello Bill:

Just a note to say Merry Christmas, Happy New Years, and thanks so much for linking me up to your excellent newsletter and tutorial site. I'm already giving the "Friendly Piper" to some of my students and they all love the tune.


Bill Jones
New Braunfels, Texas 7th January 2010.



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