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    Just wondering if anyone has favorite tunes that DON'T have High Gs as anything other than gracenotes. 6/8s, 2/4s, Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs, whatever you got. Thanks.
    "...peak performance begins with the preparation and practice phase, not in the execution phase, of a particular activity." Dr. Walter Doyle Staples

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    There are millions of tunes that are pentatonic A (notes from ABC EF) in particular and also D (DEF AB). Just learn to recognise that tonality and it's generally really obvious when a tune is pentatonic (or nearly so).
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    -- Formerly known as CalumII

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Calum View Post
      There are millions of tunes that are pentatonic A (notes from ABC EF) in particular and also D (DEF AB). Just learn to recognise that tonality and it's generally really obvious when a tune is pentatonic (or nearly so).
      Excellent...glad to hear that...hope it is easy for some to share their favorites...
      "...peak performance begins with the preparation and practice phase, not in the execution phase, of a particular activity." Dr. Walter Doyle Staples

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      • #4
        Off the top of my head, and a late night pint or two in, Murdo's Wedding, Glendural Highlanders (6/8 march, save one G near the end), Suo Gan, The Skye Boat Song, The Duck (jig), Dancing Feet (reel), Captain Lachlan MacPhail of Tiree (reel) come to mind.
        But, if I might ask, why do you want tunes without high G? Is there a difficulty with your chanter/reed combo?
        Before you start fixing problems with your reeds, check to see if the bag or stocks are leaking.
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        • #5
          [QUOTE=TwitchyFingers;n1372949 Is there a difficulty with your chanter/reed combo? [/QUOTE]

          dunno, really...I live in what is basically a desert that has irrigation, which is a way of saying there is not much humidity here...so High Gs seem to be a problem more often than not...all the other notes tune nicely or close and High G is off the scale or a low High A..so it goes...i was thinking 32nd note High Gs might be OK...interestingly, there also seem to be a number of tunes with just a couple of those...

          "...peak performance begins with the preparation and practice phase, not in the execution phase, of a particular activity." Dr. Walter Doyle Staples

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          • #6
            [QUOTE=macdaddy65;n1372961
            ...so High Gs seem to be a problem more often than not...all the other notes tune nicely or close and High G is off the scale or a low High A..

            [/QUOTE]

            ...curious,...what chanter/reed combo...what pitch?

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            • #7
              MacKintosh's Lament
              O Wad some the giftie gie us
              To see ourselves as others see us

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              • #8
                Originally posted by macdaddy65 View Post

                dunno, really...I live in what is basically a desert that has irrigation, which is a way of saying there is not much humidity here...so High Gs seem to be a problem more often than not...all the other notes tune nicely or close and High G is off the scale or a low High A..so it goes...i was thinking 32nd note High Gs might be OK...interestingly, there also seem to be a number of tunes with just a couple of those...
                Interesting. As a band, particularly regarding tuning (especially for competition, although we should always be in tune), it seems that our issues are often D and F...the two that we're constantly tweaking, and on which judges comment if we're not locked in. Perhaps that's also the G is often skirted or brief. Then again, as for hot and dry venues, the high hand, in general, often wants to head to the stratosphere.

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