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

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Men of Argyll

Men of Argyll

Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

Midi files

Please click on these files to hear the music played through midi.

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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   The first throw needs a longer low G to have any effect. To achieve this you need to make the low G in the throw the same length as the preceding E.
2   The tachums have been given D gracenotes that are shorter than the preceding C. This is different to the writer's own style but will help your band play more exactly together and reinforce lessons about rhythmical contrast.
3   Before the doublings, the high G gracenote are typically longer than the cutting gracenote. Listen carefully to the midi file for this and be aware.
4   "Hiri" and "Dili" - the high G and high A doublings should sound identical to each other in rhythmical terms.
5   The taorluath at the end of each part takes a quarter of the beat. This is short and crisp and will give a great effect as the whole band plays it together.. Think "ta-atifi ta".

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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