Lesson 1, Topic 57
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Tam Bain's Lum

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Tam Bain's Lum is a Donald Shaw Ramsey tune written about an oddly shaped Lum. What's a 'lum' you say? Apparently, it's the chimney and Tam Bain's chimney was shaped like Abe Lincoln's hat. The story goes that Tam Bain was not allowed to smoke in his own house so he had an effigy of himself made and put on the roof... so in a way he was able to smoke in his house. In any case, the building and it's lum is gone but there's a pub across the street that still bears his name. It's unclear if this tune written around 1950 is named after Tam and his Lum or the bar bearing his name.

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Lessons and Other Content

Tune Building - Learning Tempo

First Part - Half Tempo
Part 1 - Bars 1 & 2
Part 1 - Bars 3 & 4
Part 1 - Bars 7 & 8
Second Part - Half Tempo
Part 2 - Bars 1 & 2
Part 2 - Bars 3 & 4
Part 2 - Bars 5 & 6
Third Part - Half Tempo
Part 3 - Bars 1 & 2
Part 3 - Bars 3 & 4
Fourth Part - Half Tempo
Part 4 - Bars 1 & 2
Part 4 - Bars 3 & 4
Part 4 - Bars 5 & 6

Tune Building - Intermediate Performance Tempo

First Part - Full Tempo
Second Part - Full Tempo
Third Part - Full Tempo
Fourth Part - Full Tempo