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Scottish Piper Tunes Played on The Fiddle
Mimic the Bagpipes!
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February 5, 2024 - 2:17 pm
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Got to thinking I should mention that I've seen 'Slow' & 'Retreat' Marches notated in anything from 3/4 time, 4/4, 2/4, 6/8 & 9/8 (Battle of The Somme), to even 4/2!  Btw, Fiddlerman has a great tutorial of Battle of The Somme (A Tune A Week #40), but in 3/4 time.  I've also seen 3/4 time used for some 'Retreat Airs'.

🤔... wow, maybe this is why some Irish Slip Jigs (9/8), like the Rocky Road to Dublin (a favorite of mine) feel so strongly 'March-like' to me! 


Found a really cool article at 'Bagpipe News' on March History!  This 2nd half, "How The March Became More Pointed and Technically Demanding" - is VERY interesting... for any history buffs, but helps me understand


February 11, 2024 - 2:56 am
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Found the other tune Jock Tamson's Bairns plays along with MacGregor Of Ruara is The King's House (edited post #60) - LOVE BOTH OF THESE! 


THIS one, "Gude Claret", is a real earworm for me - just won't leave me alone... something terribly familiar about it, but many tunes are starting to sound familiar to me. 😔  If anyone has heard this under a different title, let me know...

"Gude Claret" (Jock Tamson's Bairns) - another March(?)


mutchkin stoup = a small flagon (424 ml)
tappit hen = a 'Scottish Pint' (2.25 liters) size drink container

Gude claret best keeps out the cauld,
And drives awa' the winter soon;
It makes a man baith gash and bauld,
And heaves his saul ayont the moon.
Then fling on coals, and ripe the ribs,
And beek the house baith butt and ben,
That mutchkin stoup it hauds but dribs,
Then let's get in the tappit hen!

Lyrics: Allan Ramsay (1686 - 1758)

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