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Tullichewan Castle
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Hi Alcuith,

I'm sure that "the experts" here will give fuller advice but I might be able to answer a couple of points for you.

Firstly, there is no G sharp on the pipe scale. Pipers can't play these under normal circumstances. So, *true* pipe tunes won't use this note. It will always be G.

However, you will no doubt have seen pipe tunes in standard notation with G sharps included. These have been adapted by players of other instruments such as fiddle, mandolin and so on or, perhaps, they may have been composed on other instruments in the style of pipe tunes e.g. marches, jigs and so on.

In my opinion, it's a matter of taste whether we choose play the note as G or G sharp on the fiddle or mandolin although...obviously.. we should all be doing the same thing. Piping purists and those with such a background may well disagree (many do) with this, of course.

As for the grace notes, these are specifically for pipers. Some will work well if transposed to the mandolin or other intstument. Others won't but, arguably, we don't need to use as many as that. Personally, I would just learn the basic tune and add ornaments where and when I think it would be appropriate. Again, that's a matter of taste too.

Hope this helps.

Incidentally, I did a Google and found this

https://lbps.net/lbps/a-pipers-guide-to-...limitstart= .  It looks quite helpful.

I should have added(It makes it clear in the link) that Highland bagpipe music is often written with no sharps at all. However, we can assume that the key is in A but with a G natural instead of a G sharp.  Of course, on a mandolin, it's really "B flat" although pipers would still think of it as "A"...... When I play with Pipers, I prefer to use a capo and play as if in "A" rather than use "B flat" fingering. In my opinion, it sounds better as well as being easier.   Wink
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Tullichewan Castle - by Alcluith - 27-07-2017, 09:05 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by JAJ - 27-07-2017, 10:13 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Alcluith - 27-07-2017, 11:37 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by John Kelly - 27-07-2017, 11:50 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by JAJ - 27-07-2017, 12:07 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Alcluith - 27-07-2017, 01:09 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by John Kelly - 27-07-2017, 01:45 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Jack Campin - 27-07-2017, 01:15 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Alcluith - 27-07-2017, 01:33 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Jack Campin - 27-07-2017, 02:16 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Jack Campin - 27-07-2017, 07:16 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Alcluith - 31-07-2017, 07:48 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Jack Campin - 31-07-2017, 10:32 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by John Kelly - 31-07-2017, 11:53 AM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by JAJ - 31-07-2017, 02:29 PM
RE: Tullichewan Castle - by Jack Campin - 01-08-2017, 12:09 AM

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