Home | Contact | Bagpipe Lessons | Bagpipe Tunes | Piob. Stories | Whats New

A bagpipe lesson for Torosay Castle

Retreat Air

You Are Here:   Home Bagpipe Tunes Torosay Castle

Torosay Castle — Retreat Air

The composer for Torosay Castle was ‘Jack’' Laurie. Jack joined the Gordon Highlanders in 1899 and transferred to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1908, where he was appointed Pipe Major two months later. He held this post until 1922.

He was a pupil of G.S. McLennan's and in 1913 he won the last Gold Medal at Inverness before competitions were suspended for the war. He also won the Strathspey and Reel and was second in the Marches that year.

He was the first Pipe Major to land in France during the Great War in August, 1914.

In 1911, 1920 and 1921, he was appointed Adjudicator by the Glasgow Municipal Authorities for junior and senior pipe band competitions.

The biographical information below was extracted from www.pipetunes.ca


Torosay Castle

Lesson Pointers

This retreat air is in triple time with three beats to the bar that is normal for retreat airs.

It is also customary in retreat airs for the last bar of parts second and third beats to be carried over without any division of the beats.

With the pointed four tied notes relax without trying to over point the notes, or being jerky.

Have cleanclear high G grace notes, singly and in doublings etc., on respective notes that adds good clarity to the melody notes.

Beware of the common fault in Simple Time tunes such as this to have the two tied Quavers/8th notes played with equal duration (down/up), especially the downbeat that is often played too short relatively.

Download The Music Notation.

Click to download the tune notation for Torosay Castle

Listen To Bill's Audio Instruction.

Watch Bill's Video Instruction.

Loading the player ...

If you have any questions or comments, please use Contact Form to contact Bill.

Enjoy This Site?
Then why not use the button below, to add this sight to your favorite bookmarking service?

Beginners Bagpipe Tutorials

Interactive Beginners Bagpipe Tutorials

US$65.00 Incl. Shipping

Advanced Bagpipe TutorialsD

Interactive Advanced Bagpipe Tutorials

US$65.00 Incl. Shipping

Piobaireachd Technique Tutorials

Piobaireachd Technique Tutorial

US$75.00 Incl. Shipping

115 Piobaireachd Tutorials

115 Piobaireachd Tutorials

US$157.00 Incl. Shipping

> Copyright© 2004- All Rights Reserved