Pipers and fiddlers look at this in different ways. Most of the
strathspeys you hear played for RSCDS dances don't sound much like
what a piper thinks of as a strathspey. They have the same roots, but
the country dance style is much more sedate and smooth, while piping
style is much more crisp and hard-edged.
From a piper's point of view, you can change the dot-cut a little bit,
but change it too much and you end up with a different tune.
Dan Mozell writes:
> Are there any Scottish musicians on this list? If so, here's my question.
> When playing a strathspey, is the placement of Scottish snaps considered a
> part of the tune proper, or a matter of interpretation (as with
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