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Scotty_Ballylough
28-03-07, 05:45 PM
Well guys what do ya think? What truely is the best solo march ever?

Personally mine is Mrs. John MacColl!! Crackin tune!!!

Robbie.Crow
28-03-07, 05:58 PM
I personally like the ones you can march to :bg:

*wanders back to the drumming part of the forum.... its too cold in here*

Scotty_Ballylough
28-03-07, 06:02 PM
Thats the whole idea of a march robbie!

piper_dancer
28-03-07, 08:45 PM
hmmm

brigadier general cheape.....
playin it this year.

Stormy
28-03-07, 11:02 PM
brigadier general cheape.....
playin it this year.

Nice wee tune which I have not played for many years. Thanks for the memory, I might just dig it out and brush off the cobwebs!!!

:bgt: :stormy:

Bashful
29-03-07, 12:31 AM
Favourite march changes all the time.

For now, let's go with Links of Forth. :bg:

Later,

B

PowerBoozer007
29-03-07, 02:53 AM
RSPS
so well known, don't even have to spell it out!

sass jane
29-03-07, 03:44 AM
hmmm

brigadier general cheape.....
playin it this year.

:kait: One of my faves too.

Celtic Mitch
29-03-07, 04:00 AM
RSPS
so well known, don't even have to spell it out!

Ha, John we are playing it this year. First time I saw written in short form I thought it was RSVP. LOL.

Anyway, favourite solo march..Highland Wedding. And, Clan McCrea Society.

Bobby
29-03-07, 02:19 PM
John Maccoll's March to Kilbowie Cottage.

Reid
29-03-07, 02:27 PM
Amazing Grace, oops sorry wrong thread...

redneck
29-03-07, 08:46 PM
LMAO............gid one Reid m8.

Scott m8, there are so many good tunes, the ones I'd quite a few success with are,
Kantara to El Arish
Father John MacMillan of Bara
John McFadyen of Millford
Knightswood Ceilidh

There are loadsa good tunes never played m8, just because some so called big shot disnae play it disnae mean it's no a gid tune. Pick a tune you're comfortable with and can handle the dexterity of finger work involved, all to many young soloists play tunes over and above their ability ( for now ) because so 'n so plays it............Doh...wrong attitude, play a tune 'n play it right. Master all aspects of the tune, then move on to something more demanding.

Ooops sorry m8, got carried away. BTW, yer last run on Wed' night was spot on pal. Remember what I told yee, ya said it helped 'n it will, it's just a matter of breakin' yer old way m8.

Hopefully I'll get to the solo's on Saturday, if not good luck m8.
Gordon Walker is judging so I really should be goin'........if only da get him fer wakenin' me up at 02:30 in the mornin' gassed.

piper_dancer
29-03-07, 10:28 PM
John Maccoll's March to Kilbowie Cottage.

lol that's my other solo march.

Bashful
29-03-07, 11:39 PM
Oh....were we supposed to be talking about our marches for solos this summer????? :puppydogeyes:

Unless that thread's coming up later. :bg:

Later,

B

redneck
01-04-07, 09:54 AM
Best solo march ever ?........seems like yer current tune is. :rotf: :rotf: well it was on Saturday m8. Keep 'er lit........yeeeeeeeee ha :tommy: :Ceith:

true_blue_piper
02-04-07, 04:35 AM
John Maccoll's March to Kilbowie Cottage.

Definitely my own favourite as well....especially when played in John D's setting.

Others ?

Kantara to El Arish
Bonnie Anne
The Royal Scottish Pipers Society

Belliabang
02-04-07, 10:51 PM
hmm,
Royal Scottish Piper's Society
Clan MacRae Society
Lord Alexander Kennedy
Highland Wedding
Brigadier General Cheape

Bashful
02-04-07, 11:36 PM
Oh ya, I forgot Donald Cameron.

:banghead:

Later,

B

Scotty_Ballylough
09-04-07, 05:31 PM
John Maccoll's March to Kilbowie Cottage.
i am playing it this year i have a two thirds with it so far!

Carlsberg
09-04-07, 06:10 PM
The sash can't beat it

propatriapiper
15-01-09, 07:45 PM
Hot Punch!!!!!

Sean
15-01-09, 08:24 PM
All SIX parts of Balmoral Highlanders....
or Donald Cameron.

propatriapiper
15-01-09, 10:58 PM
Mrs. Lillie Christie, an excellent 6/8 march

Sean
15-01-09, 11:04 PM
ummm........yeah, but I thought we were talking 2/4's here....if not, then sorry

Paul Ouellette
16-01-09, 12:21 AM
How can you choose...

There are so many that are just masterpeices...

For solos...
Arthur Bignold,
Verna Leith's wedding march,
Elsbeth Campbell,
Knightswood Ceilidh,
Hugh Kennedy

For band...
Balmoral Highlanders (6'pts)
Highland wedding,
Lord Alex Kennedy,
Clan McColl,
D'Cameron,
Big T (8'pts)

I have to confess a big preference for lower hand dominant tunes...there's just something about the great sound from a perfectly tuned pipe & an A-C-E oriented march that just rocks.

When the pipes are in the groove & singing...it just doesn't get much better.

P.

getawaytae
16-01-09, 09:00 AM
2/4 Mrs HL McDonald of Dunech
Father John McMillan of Barra

6/8 too many to mention

redneck
16-01-09, 02:22 PM
2/4 solo's..........Kantara to El Arish
Father John McMillian of Barra
Hugh Kennedy

Hornpipe & Jig....Duncan Johnstone & Spider & the Gaff or Donella Beaton.
Newmarket House & Allan McPherson of Mosspark.

madpiper
16-01-09, 03:57 PM
How about some not mentioned yet:
1. South Hall
2. 93rd at Modder River
3. Argyllshire Gathering
4. Toronton Scottish

catherwood
16-01-09, 11:33 PM
balmoral highlanders or auchmountains bonnie glen...love both of em, playing auchmountain this year

CanuckinGA
19-01-09, 08:54 AM
2/4 Mrs HL McDonald of Dunech


I'm learning that for this year. Great tune!

getawaytae
19-01-09, 02:12 PM
Tricky though! I hope you enjoy it!

jessierose
20-01-09, 03:07 PM
I think Arthur Bignold is pretty much a perfect 2/4. What some people say it lacks in excitement and melodic surprises, I think it makes up for in feeling like a march from beginning to end. I just think it's a perfect example of a great march.
As a side note, though: if you haven't heard Angus MacColl play Arthur Bignold, you're missing out. He has perfected that tune. There's no better than him playing it. You wanna jump up and march along behind him, no lie! It's perfect.

Sean
20-01-09, 06:18 PM
I think Arthur Bignold is pretty much a perfect 2/4. What some people say it lacks in excitement and melodic surprises, I think it makes up for in feeling like a march from beginning to end. I just think it's a perfect example of a great march.
As a side note, though: if you haven't heard Angus MacColl play Arthur Bignold, you're missing out. He has perfected that tune. There's no better than him playing it. You wanna jump up and march along behind him, no lie! It's perfect.

I agree....but everyone and there mother plays it. I always try to pick obscure tunes. Something no one else is going to play that day.

Paul Ouellette
21-01-09, 02:45 AM
Jess:

Re- Arthur Bignold...

I can't help but agree with you that this is one of the best 2/4's for solos...

Here's Angus demonstrating why... http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=k7tQqr66HQg&feature=related

P.

rpeitzsch
21-01-09, 03:49 AM
I too have to agree with Arthur Bignold... it's such a big bold brassy "in your face I'm a March with a capital M" type tune that makes you sit up and listen. Even though they've been played to death, I also like a couple of what are also considered standards: Highland Wedding (learnt the beating from the Big Man himself and won several contests with it), and Miss Elspeth Campbell. After that: The Clan MacRae Society and The Royal Scottish Piper's Society.

jessierose
21-01-09, 04:53 AM
Oooo. Good one, too. Not as good as Arthur Bignose but...good.

getawaytae
21-01-09, 06:53 AM
Arthur Bignold is good because it is not too hard for a reasonable player to manage, while worthwhile enough for any stage. The Sound of Sleet (Angus' reel) is a similar level of tune, not too hard but good enough! The MSR that Angus plays shows that good tunes played well are the way ahead.

redneck
21-01-09, 07:58 PM
Yip, well said Brian.

That's why I'd always put Kantara to El Arish well up on my list,....... not technically challenging ( IMO), but a great march none the less.......getting the phrasing right is the hardest bit in playing Kantara.