Below are tunes we play as a band, as you might expect with tunes played around the world there are possible slight variations to what you know. If you’re interested you can click the links to view a PDF of the settings we have for each tune we play.
More difficult than the ubiquitous 4/4 or 3/4, also associated with musical theatre, they have all the dash and vigour we associate with real Scottish pipe music.
This time signature is found commonly in waltzes, minuets, scherzi, country and western ballads, R&B, pop
Very widely used timing, you’ll come across it in rock, country, blues, funk, pop as well as one of the most famous Scottish Tunes – Scotland the Brave!
This is a fun time found commonly in double jigs, polkas, sega, salegy, tarantella, marches, barcarolles, Irish jigs, loures, and some rock music
Strathspey & Reel
A strathspey is one of the four traditional dances (along with reel, jig and the waltz) and is in the 4/4 time but follows a different style. It is similar to a hornpipe, but slower and more stately, and contains many dot-cut ‘snaps’. The Reel is indigenous to Scotland, though a firm favourite in Ireland, and like the strathspey is similar to a hornpipe only played twice as fast!
Some tunes are synonymous with certain occasions, they may not fit with a march or on the parade field but they are great tunes we love to play in that perfect moment.