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Tullichewan Castle
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There are some tunes where the 7th is doable either way, or simply missing entirely, but this isn't one of them.

The G naturals are very strongly emphasized on the tune, and often appear in groupings that form a G major broken chord.  Each of the first three sections ends with a bar whose first half is in G and second half in A.  This is the characteristic final cadence for a Mixolydian mode tune, VII-I rather than the usual major-key V-I.  The second and last sections retime the last-bar cadence on the second repeat to go (harmonically) | A G : A  - |.  This is unusual, I can't think of another pipe tune which does that. Like quite a few mixolydian tunes, this one uses only 2 chords - the whole thing only needs G major and A major, and anything more than that would be muddle.

One rule of thumb in deciding whether the sharpness of the G is optional - do you get G naturals in both octaves?  There are a lot of pipe tunes where there is no low G, and sometimes that means you can substitute a G# on some other instrument and it will sound okay.  But the low G on the pipe chanter is the most emphatic note it's got, louder than any other and maximally dissonant with the drones, so if you find that in the tune, the composer really meant it.

David Glen was precise in the way he did key signatures, and I don't know of anybody else who used the same idea. He says in the intro to his massive collection that he expected pipers to ignore them - they're there specifically for people who want to play the tunes on something else, like the piano or violin, because in his judgment, whatever key signature he puts there will be the one that works best when you aren't playing the tune on the pipes. The difference from the official piper's key signature can be pretty large.

I'd never heard of the castle and this explains why:
http://lostbritain.uk/site/tullichewan-castle/
It sounds rather like one of the fake Scottish placenames you see on whisky bottles in France.
http://www.campin.me.uk/
07895 860 060
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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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