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Old 08-13-2020, 09:20 AM   #1
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Default Donald MacLeod instructional tapes: beginner sequence?

If you listen to some of the "beginner" tunes that Donald MacLeod recorded, there seem to be quite clear hints that they are following a specific sequence. In once, he will explain the crunluath from scratch, and in another state that "now, you've met this movement already, so this should be no trouble", or words to that effect.


I'm guessing that if you signed up for the tape course with him as a beginner, he would start you off on a set sequence, which certainly makes sense.



I don't suppose anyone knows what that sequence is? Could we work it out?
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Old 08-13-2020, 09:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Donald MacLeod instructional tapes: beginner sequence?

Interesting observation here CalumII.

I had never noticed a particular sequence, however it's not to say that there isn't one. If there was a clear "beginner sequence" one would have hoped that these would have been grouped over 1 or 2 volumes of tunes, which It would not seem that they are.

I would try checking out a lot of the more "beginner" or short tunes for those hints. Perhaps the Donald of Laggan, Alasdair Dearg, Struan Robertson sort of thing?

Not sure if you use Spotify, however it seems they've got pretty well all of the volumes up there, so it could be an easier way to bounce around and look for clues there.
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Yes, I saw they were on Spotify - a curious decision, since it's one of the few resources that will sell until the end of time. I know the Bobs CDs are a steady earner for Greentrax year on year, when most albums of that age are long deleted. I've still got a box of cassette tapes copied from someone who copied the ASBMHD's archive, long before they were talking about putting them on CD.



I'm about to lose internet for a couple of weeks but I'll certainly have a bash when order is restored.
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Old 08-14-2020, 09:00 AM   #4
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In 1977 Donald MacLeod and John MacFadyen published "Part One" of their Piobaireachd Tutor. The tunes covered are Glengarry's Lament, MacIntosh's Banner, and The Massacre of Glencoe, in that order. So, there's a start in sorting out the progression. I've never seen a Part Two or Three. Cheers!
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Old 08-16-2020, 06:06 PM   #5
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Hello Jay - I just checked out the three tunes you listed. While Glengarry's Lament is certainly framed as a beginner's tutorial, explaining a proper taorluath and crunluath, the other two tunes listed are presented in line with virtually all other recordings in the series (i.e. no extra explanation or beginner's slant).

Perhaps there are some other tunes that are presented as beginner tutorials in the series...
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Old 08-16-2020, 07:13 PM   #6
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Default Re: Donald MacLeod instructional tapes: beginner sequence?

Hello again - so I was able to find a couple more tunes that seem to be presented more to the beginner (explaining technique, etc). Otherwise, I've not found any others, nor have I found a particular sequence. The other tunes, plus the previous one I stated are:

- Glengarry's Lament (Vol. 13)
- Lament for the Old Sword (Vol. 16)
- Struan Robertson's Salute (Vol. 1)

Let me know your thoughts, Calum, and if you've found anything in your own "digging".
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