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Thread #66414 Message #2169745
Posted By: Jack Campin
12-Oct-07 - 02:10 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Tunes of Glory
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tunes Of Glory
A bit more on the tune - the "black bear" was supposed to be the bearskin hat used by some regiments for ceremonial guard duty. The tune was used to accompany troops heading back to their barracks at the end of a shift. This was the one occasion when they were not expected to march in step. The tune was played helluva fast and the soldiers moved faster. There is a chanter technique that was only ever used on this tune, as far as I know - a kind of fast smeary run produced by wiping your lower-hand fingers over the holes. It's not notated anywhere.