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

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McKenzie Highlanders

McKenzie Highlanders

Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

Midi files  

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For more information on how to use these midi files please follow the link on the left.

Five discussion points

1   Birl in bar 2 should be fairly slow and open. This prevents the tune blocking or getting stuck. Making a faster birl is possible here but will not give such a good collective effect.
2   The E doubling in bar 4 is preceded by a short high G gracenote. This is essential in order to not upset the rhythm in the preceding beat. Listen carefully to the midi file.
3   The tachums in bar 7 feature short D gracenotes. Soloists may wish to do this slightly differently, but in the interests of helping a band learn to play together, here the choice has been made to recommend short gracenotes.
4   Last bar of both parts make sure the throw opens clearly on the beat and the hara also brings up the strike on the beat.
5   Be careful to control the rhythm in the last four bars. There may be a temptation to rush here and shorten the eighth notes at the start of the beat. This will also help keep the band calm...

Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)

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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