Page 66 - Bagpipe Tunes Transcribed by Paul Cranford
ISSUE : Issue 47
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1988/1/1
spacing. The third note- of the scale is a little bit out. And the seventh note of the scale is a little bit out. The fiddlers, when they try to learn a tune by ear from a piper, would generally use the bagpipe type of intonation. So that's definitely in? fluenced the solind of Cape Breton fiddling. The tunes as written out here (and on the inside front cover) include all the grace notes so they can be played by the bagpip? er. A fidciler will not only have to make adjustments to his key signature, but will also have to delete the grace notes. He may include some type of gracings in the same spots--but they wouldn't be the same as the piper's. Again, the fiddler's embellish? ments represent a choice--whereas on the bagpipe the grace note is usually essen? tial . It is a technique for separating two notes of the same pitch. If you let your chanter ring out you're not going to know it's two notes unless you separate the sound. That's how the bagpipe works--you have a constant stream of air. If you're playing one note and you want to sound it twice you have to stop the air somewhere. And you stop that with another note. And that's the piper's cut note, that's essen? tial gracing. There is also, just as with fiddling, the gracing (embellishment) used for personal expression, for making the tune your own. Bonnie Strathmore Art played this tune for us on his chanter. This is a slow air and he played it with great expression. There is a jig that is commonly played in the current fiddle repertoire that's very close to this melody. It's the second tune in a medley with "Close to the Floor Jig" on an early Donald MacLellan recording, and it's also found in the O'Neil Collection as "Driving the Cows Home." In traditional music there are a lot of examples of slow airs and songs picked by dance musicians, sped up and rearranged to suit the dancers. ,.. . .n n i .p'r , ''. i. ''' 1 , 1' . n..K,. _.'#--i.'fi ..-'' • . n' ij? ' n'rrr'' ' .. .'r-'..flH..T VARIATION TO 2ND TURN: Donald Maclean's Farewell to Oban Archibald MacNeil "Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban" is probably the most well-known bagpipe march in Cape Breton. It was recorded by fiddler Joe MacLean in the early 196Gs, and most pipers play it as well. Arthur didn't like the second turn and improved it. He improved it, definitely. fl . ..'*. -, 1'" • . n .-H'.n -. fl H . 'J J1' r 'F r ' , fl .''. i . _ FRESH SEAFOOD THE LOBSTER WHARF 494 Esplanade, on Sydney Harbour 539-8005 EAT ON OUR OPEN PATIO WHARF, OR TAKE IT HOME * GIFTS SHIPPED ANYWHERE HADDOCK * HALIBUT * SALMON * SCALLOPS * LOBSTER BURGERS & CHOWDERS * MACKEREL * SMELTS * CLAMS Gas Tank Replacements & Repairs For Personal Efficient Service: Call: 539-2122 Sydney Radiator 120 Years a Family Business 2 Years Warranty on All Parts * We Accept VISA Or Come See Us at 121 Prince Street, Sydney Next to Ron May Pontiac New Heaters & Radiators or Repairs We Service and Ship Anywhere on Cape Breton Island
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