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Dornie Ferry

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This tune is named after the ferry in Dornie, a village in WesterRoss on the main road to Skye. The ferry was replaced by a bridge some time ago but this tune pays homage to what was a vital link to this Scottish town. This is a classic competition style strathspey, intricate rhythms, dramatic melody and lots of variety, including strathspey runs.

Sheet Music:

Example Rhythm Vocalization (For Phase 1 Recordings)

If you are in Phase 1 of the Bagpipe Freedom Process, vocalizing the rhythm (instead of clapping) is generally recommended for Strathspeys.

Here's how that might sound:

Lessons and Content

Dornie Ferry - First Part (Tune Building)

Bar 1:

Bar 2:

Phrase 1:

Bar 3:

Recycled Material: We've seen this material before, earlier in the tune! So, there's no need to learn this bit again (as long as you did a good job the first time around!)

Bar 4:

Phrase 2:

Whole Part (1st Time):

Dornie Ferry - Second Part (Tune Building)

Bar 1:

Bar 2:

Phrase 1:

Phrase 2:

Line 1:

Ending Phrase:

Line 2:

Whole Part (1st Time):

Dornie Ferry - Third Part (Tune Building)

Bar 1:

Bar 2:

Phrase 1:

Phrase 2:

Whole Part (1st Time):

Note pick up into 4th part.

Dornie Ferry - Fourth Part (Tune Building)

Bar 1:

Bar 2:

Phrase 1:

Phrase 2:

Line 1:

Ending Phrase:

Note Bar 7.

Line 2:

Whole Part (1st Time):