Group E: The Strathspey

The Strathspey is, by far, the most complex and confusing style a pipe band drummer will encounter.  The Strathspey borrows rhythmic elements from the 2/4 March, the Round Reel and the Jig to create a unique hybrid drumming style.  Written in 4/4 time, the Strathspey uses many dot/cut and cut/dot march rhythms interspersed with triplet and sextuplet passages.  Pipe band drummers must be able to switch quickly between these different rhythms in order to perform Strathspeys convincingly.
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