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Gracenotes and Strikes

Please learn in this order before completing the exercises below:


As bagpipes make a continuous sound at one level (very loud), it means we need a special way to emphasise notes and also a way to repeat notes.

Gracenotes have these two functions - to cut a note into smaller pieces and to emphasise a change from one note to another.   They are short 'chirping' sounds.

Strikes are another way of repeating a note.

When emphasising transition between notes, most gracenotes open before the beat and close on the beat.
Likewise, when repeating notes, both gracenotes and strikes typically open before the beat and close on teh beat. The time taken by the gracenote or strike takes  defines how big an effect or how strong the emphasis is.

The length of a gracenote or a strike depends on musical factors. It is a question of interpretation. In the advanced areas of learning you will have the opportunity to train the relative length of gracenotes and strikes.

Above are links to each common gracenote, together with an explanation and a series of exercises to develop skills.

Below are exercises to help you know you are ready to move on to the next area.
If you can play along with the video for each of the six exercises below, then you are ready to go to the next topic, throws.

Exercise 1

Use the how to practise instructions and go through the five steps, speeding up so that you can play along with the video.

As chanters can often sound very different and be out of tune, there  are two versions - high pitch and low pitch.

Gracenotes and strikes exercise 1

Low Pitch

High Pitch



Exercise 2

Use the how to practise instructions and go through the five steps, speeding up so that you can play along with the video.

As chanters can often sound very different and be out of tune, there  are two versions - high pitch and low pitch.

Gracenote and strikes exercise 2

Low Pitch

High Pitch

Exercise 3

Use the how to practise instructions and go through the five steps, speeding up so that you can play along with the video.

As chanters can often sound very different and be out of tune, there  are two versions - high pitch and low pitch.

Gracenotes and strikes exercise 3

Low Pitch

High Pitch

Exercise 4

Use the how to practise instructions and go through the five steps, speeding up so that you can play along with the video.

As chanters can often sound very different and be out of tune, there  are two versions - high pitch and low pitch.

Be aware that the strikes are shorter than the gracenotes (half the length).

Gracenotes and strikes exercise 4

Low Pitch

High Pitch

Exercise 5

Use the how to practise instructions and go through the five steps, speeding up so that you can play along with the video.

As chanters can often sound very different and be out of tune, there  are two versions - high pitch and low pitch.

Gracenotes and strikes exercise 5

Low Pitch

High Pitch

Exercise 6

Use the how to practise instructions and go through the five steps, speeding up so that you can play along with the video.

As chanters can often sound very different and be out of tune, there  are two versions - high pitch and low pitch.

Gracenote and strikes exercise 6

Low Pitch

High Pitch

If you can play along with the video for each of the six exercises above, then you are ready to go to the next topic, throws.

You may wish to celebrate your success so far with...

Your First Tunes!!!!

With these basic rudiments you are able to play your very first tunes! You can move on and learn more technique instead, or spend more time enjoying the chance to play tunes already.

Drummond *- Slow Air

drummond

You can hear this being played by Lindsay Davidson on the video below:



Skye Boat Song  - Slow Air

Skye Boat Song 

You can hear this being played by Lindsay Davidson on the video below:



Quimperle* - Air
quimperle 

You can hear this being played by Lindsay Davidson on the video below:



If you can play along with the video for each of the six exercises above, and you have been playing these tunes with the videos, then you are certainly ready to go to the next topic, throws.




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