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Old 05-15-2020, 05:20 PM   #41
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Duncan McGillivray, Chief Stewart by Jim McGillivray. A great 6/8
����...I took up this challenge several years ago after hearing Stu McCallum video playing it on the McCallum’s website. Big tune.
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Old 05-15-2020, 06:05 PM   #42
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Duncan McGillivray, Chief Stewart by Jim McGillivray. A great 6/8
Great, great tune. But it’s “Steward”, not “Stewart”.
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Old 05-16-2020, 07:17 AM   #43
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Iron Man sounds interesting....
I found fiddle versions of it on youtube, I'd love to hear it on pipes...not asking for sheet music.
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Old 05-16-2020, 08:46 AM   #44
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The Argylls Crossing the River Po. Great 3/4
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Old 05-16-2020, 11:05 AM   #45
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Here’s me playing The Iron Man
https://youtu.be/XuCmWXTSFQ4?t=120

Here’s Brian McNeill playing it
https://youtu.be/Hfg0dajRjSk?t=95

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Old 05-16-2020, 11:09 AM   #46
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For myself, warming up, tuning.. "We're no Awa' Tae Abide Awa'". Just two lines, can loop it a time or two if I need a second to think of what to play next. Play a D tune first like Bonnie Lass O' Fyvie, and you hit the whole scale and get a satisfying key change.

In the circle/pipe band - The Minstrel Boy. I know, I know, the St. Paddy's Irish-American stuff is both overplayed and played badly, but Minstrel Boy has a lot of history, and played by a well-tuned band it's very affecting. It's the quintessential tune about sacrifice for a good cause and has been used by everyone from Irish Regiments in the American Civil War to Star Trek of all things. It's the song Sean Connery sings (alternative British lyrics, but same tune) as he's led to his execution in The Man Who Would Be King. Iconic tune.
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Old 05-16-2020, 08:14 PM   #47
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For myself, warming up, tuning.. "We're no Awa' Tae Abide Awa'". Just two lines, can loop it a time or two if I need a second to think of what to play next. Play a D tune first like Bonnie Lass O' Fyvie, and you hit the whole scale and get a satisfying key change.

In the circle/pipe band - The Minstrel Boy. I know, I know, the St. Paddy's Irish-American stuff is both overplayed and played badly, but Minstrel Boy has a lot of history, and played by a well-tuned band it's very affecting. It's the quintessential tune about sacrifice for a good cause and has been used by everyone from Irish Regiments in the American Civil War to Star Trek of all things. It's the song Sean Connery sings (alternative British lyrics, but same tune) as he's led to his execution in The Man Who Would Be King. Iconic tune.

Those are indeed beautiful and haunting tunes, I tend to get them mixed up because their melodically structure can sound similar.


They Make good use of the High G, I wonder if (to me) that plays a part in the haunting nature of these tunes.
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If I had to pick one it would be The Battle of the Somme.
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Hey Patrick,
Thanks for posting the links to Iron Man.
Very nice strathspey!
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They Make good use of the High G, I wonder if (to me) that plays a part in the haunting nature of these tunes.
I don't know the tune listed, but yeah High G is the smokiest, most haunting note on the chanter, next F which is the saddest most grief stricken note imo
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