Teach Yourself Bagpipes by Lindsay Davidson - Intermediate Finger Exercises and RSPBA MAP Tunes

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Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering

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Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

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Five discussion points

1     First grip - getting this grip into the very small amount of time available needs to be rhythmical very precise.
2     Bar 1 G gracenote to C followed by E. If you come off this too quickly the tune will feel rushed and become difficult to control and keep steady. The way to avoid this issue is through using syncopation exercises.
3   The birls all end with the last strike coming up on the beat. Making this sound balanced and controlled depends upon getting both the tap and the acroos in the birl into a controlled rhythm. This is rather more a 'ta-fi ta' than a ta-ti-fi ta' format. 
4   Taorluaths should be short in this tune as the grips are short. Ths reduces complexity and at the same time improves music/interpretative coherence.
5   The doublings after the very short notes can be a trap. It is important to get used to taking some time from the preceding 32nd note and giving it to the gracenote. Given that this is quite a fast tune in the worst case scenario this can be fully half of the 32nd note. Better still, for solo interpretation, divide the 32nd note into three equal parts and give the last third to the gracenote. This is quite tricky and would not work for a band.

Five exercises

Exercise 1

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Exercise  2

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Exercise 3

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Exercise 4

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Exercise 5

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