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

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Pipe Major William Ross’s Farewell to the Scots Guards

P/M willie Ross's Farewell to the Scots Guards

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   The embellishment at the beginning of the second bar is clearly a mistake - the indicated high G is redundant as it sounds in the next note anyway. This is a normal F gracenote to high G, and should open on the beat, meaning that an eighth of the preceding high A must be dedicated to this F. Listen carefully to the midi file.
2   Bar 7 F gracenote to high G -make this bigger than the bar two gracenote as it will give significantly extra 'bounce' to the interpretation and also serve to help avoid the band speeding up - adding a point of attention at a place where speeding up traditionally happens serves to maintain focus.
3   The throw in bar 8 should seem to be heavy. This is achieved by giving half of the C before it to the low G.
4    Most of the doublings will have short initial high G gracenotes. This not only helps minimise the numer of changes in thinking required of your band but will also help reinforce a straightforward style that is easy to map new players onto.
5   The F doubling in bar 13 - some people will add a thumb gracenote to this automatically. Please be aware of this as it is a question of personal style. The music provided by the RSPBA has been followed in this.

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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