Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Thick-Billed Parrot: Two, brief clips of a strathspey and a reel played on bagpipe with Muriel Johnstone's RSCDS band by Bill Clement, from his "Piper's Choice - Dancing to the Pipes" album, Scottish Country Dancing and Bagpipe, wiki, Subject pages

Hi, P, D, B and H,

I found two, brief clips of a strathspey and a reel played on bagpipe with Muriel Johnstone's RSCDS band by Bill Clement, from his "Piper's Choice - Dancing to the Pipes" album, here, as interesting examples here - http://www.footstompin.com/cd-bill-clement-pipers-choice-dancing-to-the-pipes - that could be fun to explore with time. Clement made three albums, with the names of many Piping / RSCDS tunes (Royal Scottish Country Dance Society) for dancing on them, but I haven't found the music notation for pipes yet. The bagpipe is in B flat. Do you know of musical notation for bagpipes and RSCDS music?

I've added and will add some more Bill Clement Piping for Dancing resources, with links to names of tunes, to wiki World University and School's 

Scottish Country Dancing wiki, Subject page - 

and a few to its Bagpipe page, as well - 

Have any of you played for dancing with bagpipes before?

Thanks for all of your lovely music-making. 


Scottish Country Dancing to the Pipes
Clement, Bill, and the Tokyo Pipers. 1987. Virtuoso Piper Of Scotland. (http://www.discogs.com/Bill-Clement-Virtuoso-Piper-Of-Scotland/release/1648123). Japan: King Records.

Clement, Bill. 1967. Honour the Piper. (http://www.strathspey.org/list/strathspey/archive/thread/10397/). Aberdeen, Scotland: Park Film Studios Ltd.

Clement, Bill. 2000. Piper's Choice - Dancing to the Pipes. (http://my.strathspey.org/dd/album/373/ and http://www.strathspey.org/list/strathspey/archive/thread/24407/). Piper's Choice.

Robertson, J.B. 1958. Scottish Pipes For Dancing. London, England: Beltona Records.

"Bill Clement has always been known far and wide as "The Dancers' Piper" and his association with The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is a long one. Most of the tracks on this album have been recorded especially for dancers, the pipes being accompanied by Muriel Johnstone's Band"; see, too: http://my.strathspey.org/dd/album/373/ and http://www.strathspey.org/list/strathspey/archive/thread/24407/ ; Clement did 3 CDs in total, I think). Piper's Choice.


Hi P and All, 

Thanks ... I don't know R.W. very well but will inquire with him over time. 

As a beginning, I'd love to find one strathspey and one reel in piping notation that are often played in RSCDS, just to explore playing with Scottish Country Dancers and musicians, like yourselves. I'll add any (open and online) musical notations I find to WUaS over time, as well. 

This reel snippet is fast ... http://www.footstompin.com/cd-bill-clement-pipers-choice-dancing-to-the-pipes ... and we perhaps even danced this reel "The Saltire Society Reel (8 X 32 reels)" with Linda last Friday, but I don't have the musical notation, and "Black Watch Tunes," which sound like strathspey speed, would be interesting to explore, as well, but I don't know this tune as named. 

In the meanwhile, I'll be begin to compare names of tunes from links I'll add to the World University and School's Scottish music and dance pages, which have tune names from Bill Clement's recordings, with Patrick McLaurin's database of online pipe tune musical notation (http://www.patrickmclaurin.com/tunedatabase/final.php) at WUaS (http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Bagpipe_Tutorials), as well as my own music on staff paper.

Are some of you up for exploring playing RSCDS dance tunes with pipes in B flat, in small measure, after I get the music for a familiar strathspey and reel, which we might all play together? :)

Friendly regards, 



In terms of making music in Skype and G + group, video Hangouts and embracing the latency, I've recently learned in online Skype lessons with Scotland that one piper can lead and the other can follow a second later or so in unison. It's not playing together with nuance, but it's a good workaround for current internet technologies and the state of 'real time.' 


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