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Last ditch effort from Ms. Judy and Uncle Funky - Operators are standing by!

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Comment by Jim Dalton on July 11, 2010 at 8:54am
I may be strange (likely), but I really like the way Juba works on the pipes.
It strikes me that several other banjo tunes would work well -- Briggs' version of Hard Times, for example. If you ever try it, please post.

Considering how many Irish and Scots tunes are in the tutors, perhaps we've overlooked a source of repertoire -- bagpipe tunes. Perhaps the Glasgow Police Pipers or the Athol Highlanders...
Comment by Rob MacKillop on July 11, 2010 at 11:40am
Loved it!

There are a thousand-plus bagpipe tunes awaiting the banjo...
Comment by Ian Bell on July 11, 2010 at 12:33pm
A friend and I used to do bagpipes and banjo together - in hopes that they'd cancel each other out.
Comment by John Masciale on July 12, 2010 at 8:58am
Ms Judy and Uncle Funky, thank you so much. We have been cracking up for the past week over your public service announcements.
Comment by Ian Bell on July 23, 2014 at 5:55pm
Is commenting enough to bring it up again?
Comment by Ian Bell on July 23, 2014 at 6:03pm
I can't find the first one (Pledge Break #1) anywhere. Seems to have disappeared into cyber-limbo.
Comment by Andy Chase on July 24, 2016 at 8:47pm
The Atholl Highlanders maps pretty directly to the banjo neck! I worked on it a little bit a few years ago. That initial run of descending notes was tricky to play stroke style... I should revisit it guitar style.
Comment by Ian Bell on July 25, 2016 at 8:14am

The Atholl Highlanders is a great tune. Most highland pipe tunes fit pretty neatly - they never have a range of more than nine notes - since that's all they've got.

Comment by John Masciale on July 25, 2016 at 9:27am

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Comment by Strumelia on July 25, 2016 at 9:40am

Hey Ian, is there a place online you can point me to, to access simple standard notation melodies of some of those nine note pipe tunes?   They might be just the thing for my tabor pipe practice!  Thanks


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