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Old 07-06-07, 07:16 PM   #1
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Default Tunes every piper should know?

I did a quick search of the forum and didn't see this as a topic anywhere so I wanted some input. I want to compile a list of pipe tunes that every piper should know. The list should include marches, slow marches/aires, strathspeys, reels, jigs and hornpipes.

I'm thinking the tunes should be foundation type tunes - in other words, tunes that a piper could learn that would be a foundation for more difficult tunes.
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There's a book out somewhere called essential tunes, I'd guess a look at it's list of contents would be a good start.

See below.

Highland Laddie 2/4 march
Earl of Mansfield, The 2/4 march
Barren Rocks of Aden, The 2/4 march
High Road to Gairloch, The 2/4 march
Teribus 2/4 march
My Love She’s But a Lassie Yet 2/4 march
Brown Haired Maiden, The 2/4 march
Mairi’s Wedding 2/4 march
Happy We’ve Been A’ Thegither 2/4 march
A Man’s a Man for A’ That 2/4 march
Liberton Pipe Band, The 2/4 march
79th’s Farewell to Gibraltar, The 2/4 march
Green Hills of Tyrol, The 3/4 march
When the Battle’s O’er 3/4 march
Lochanside 3/4 march
Battle of the Somme, The 9/8 march
Heights of Dargai 9/8 march
Scotland the Brave 4/4 march
Old Rustic Bridge, The 4/4 march
Rowan Tree, The 4/4 march
Bonnie Dundee 6/8 march
Steam Boat 6/8 march
Bugle Horn 6/8 march
Muckin’ o’ Geordie’s Byre 6/8 march
Glendaruel Highlanders 6/8 march
Piobaireachd of Donald Dubh 6/8 march
Scots Wha Ha'e (Bruce’s Address) Slow Air
Mist Covered Mountains, The Slow Air
My Home Slow Air
Dream Angus Slow Air
Amazing Grace Slow Air
Lochaber No More Lament
Flowers of the Forest Lament
Auld Lang Syne Slow Air
Highland Cradle Song Slow Air
Sleep Dearie, Sleep Slow Air
Inverness Rant, The Strathspey
Loudon’s Bonnie Woods and Braes Strathspey
Devil in the Kitchen Strathspey
Captain Horne Strathspey
Orange and Blue Strathspey
Marquis of Huntly’s Highland Fling, The Strathspey
Piper of Drummond, The Reel
High Road to Linton, The Reel
Kilt is My Delight, The Reel
Tail Toddle Reel
De’il Amang the Tailors, The Reel
Mrs MacLeod of Raasay Reel
Whistle O’er the Lave O’t (Sean Truibhais) Dance
Ghillie Callum (Sword Dance) Dance
Gay Gordons, The Dance
Mary Darroch Waltz
Lord Dunmore (The Bride’s Jig) Jig
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Old 07-06-07, 10:36 PM   #3
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I did a quick search of the forum and didn't see this as a topic anywhere so I wanted some input. I want to compile a list of pipe tunes that every piper should know. The list should include marches, slow marches/aires, strathspeys, reels, jigs and hornpipes.

I'm thinking the tunes should be foundation type tunes - in other words, tunes that a piper could learn that would be a foundation for more difficult tunes.
I've found that the tunes it would have been handy to know early on would have been

Highland Laddie (for the end of Highland games)
The Rowan Tree, Bonnie Gallowa, Wings (for first night at a band practice)
The Battle's O'er, The Green Hills, Lochanside (for band warm up)
Auld Lang Syne (for Hogmanay)
79ths Farewell to Gibralter (so you can play something from the COP tutor book)
Murdos Wedding (so you can play something from the NPC tutor book)
Teribus and Chorichoillies welcome to the 43rd (to get started on a 2/4march idiom with a view to moving to 4 parted)
Lots of simple slow airs to build up repertoire (and confidence)
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Here's the link to the book. I comes with a CD and a brief history of each tune. I don't actually have the book but if I was a beginner it would be a useful one.

http://www.footstompin.com/books/bag...nes_for_pipers
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Itchy, do you actually know ALL those tunes? I am really impressed! I know about 15 of them.
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There's a book out somewhere called essential tunes, I'd guess a look at it's list of contents would be a good start.

See below.

Highland Laddie 2/4 march
Earl of Mansfield, The 2/4 march
Barren Rocks of Aden, The 2/4 march
High Road to Gairloch, The 2/4 march
Teribus 2/4 march
My Love She’s But a Lassie Yet 2/4 march
Brown Haired Maiden, The 2/4 march
Mairi’s Wedding 2/4 march
Happy We’ve Been A’ Thegither 2/4 march
A Man’s a Man for A’ That 2/4 march
Liberton Pipe Band, The 2/4 march
79th’s Farewell to Gibraltar, The 2/4 march
Green Hills of Tyrol, The 3/4 march
When the Battle’s O’er 3/4 march
Lochanside 3/4 march
Battle of the Somme, The 9/8 march
Heights of Dargai 9/8 march
Scotland the Brave 4/4 march
Old Rustic Bridge, The 4/4 march
Rowan Tree, The 4/4 march
Bonnie Dundee 6/8 march
Steam Boat 6/8 march
Bugle Horn 6/8 march
Muckin’ o’ Geordie’s Byre 6/8 march
Glendaruel Highlanders 6/8 march
Piobaireachd of Donald Dubh 6/8 march
Scots Wha Ha'e (Bruce’s Address) Slow Air
Mist Covered Mountains, The Slow Air
My Home Slow Air
Dream Angus Slow Air
Amazing Grace Slow Air
Lochaber No More Lament
Flowers of the Forest Lament
Auld Lang Syne Slow Air
Highland Cradle Song Slow Air
Sleep Dearie, Sleep Slow Air
Inverness Rant, The Strathspey
Loudon’s Bonnie Woods and Braes Strathspey
Devil in the Kitchen Strathspey
Captain Horne Strathspey
Orange and Blue Strathspey
Marquis of Huntly’s Highland Fling, The Strathspey
Piper of Drummond, The Reel
High Road to Linton, The Reel
Kilt is My Delight, The Reel
Tail Toddle Reel
De’il Amang the Tailors, The Reel
Mrs MacLeod of Raasay Reel
Whistle O’er the Lave O’t (Sean Truibhais) Dance
Ghillie Callum (Sword Dance) Dance
Gay Gordons, The Dance
Mary Darroch Waltz
Lord Dunmore (The Bride’s Jig) Jig

Jeebers. I've been playing pipes at a fair level for 20 odd years and there's a fair few on that list I have never played - and which I never will play either
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Itchy, do you actually know ALL those tunes? I am really impressed! I know about 15 of them.
I've played a good many of them over the years but there are a few that I haven't played and some that I've not heard of. One or two I have the music for but don't really care for that much.

Thanks phyx for sorting out the layout, I just cut and pasted the list from the link I gave above. I changed the colour so folk maybe didn't think that I took the time to type it all out.
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No problem. I just changed the color to something a bit easier on the eyes. Hope you don't mind...
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Seems like someone has made the assumption that all pipers are Scottish.
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Aren't they all?
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