Sheet Music: Crossing the Minch

TitleCrossing the Minch
Alternate titlesMcNabb's Hornpipe
Rob Roy Crosses The Minch
ComposerDonald MacLeod (1917–1982)
Also attributed toTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature4/4
Tempo180 BPM
Performance time1:25
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-04-19
Last updated2011-04-19
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Celtic Music, Hornpipes, Traditional/Folk


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Tuesday 19 April 2011

Tune of the Day: Crossing the Minch

Traditional Scottish hornpipe

Also known as “McNabb's”, this Scottish hornpipe is sometimes attributed to Pipe Major Donald MacLeod. The Minch is a strait in north-west Scotland, separating the north-west Highlands, and the northern Inner Hebrides, from the isle of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

Played at the right tempo, this tune makes a good exercise in triple tonguing.