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

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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  Another song by Robert Burns. As is common when songs are converted into pipe tunes, the arrangement makes for a very heavy declamation - in other words it is a song being sung in a wild temper. The level of embellishment creates this effect and so thankfuly all you have to do is realise it, fit the embellishments in the space.
2  Grip bar 4 to C. This is an immensely difficult thing to time. As you will have seen in other tunes, you need to  divide the B into three equal sections - one for the B then two for the grip, which will seem as if both low Gs are the same length, although in fact you have to take a quarter of the first low G and give it to the D gracenote. If the arithmetic is irritating then just use your ears - listen to the  slow midi file.
3   The bouncy rhythms in bars 5 and 6 should be studiously identical. It is this kind of thing which draws the listener's attention and will give your band a feel good factor when they hear it working well together.
4   Birl bar 7 needs to be a very short and light birl. It only fills up a quarter of the low A!
5   Bar 12 this tie in the music is redundant and must be seen as an error. The note cannot be repeated without an embelishment and the tie means that the values of the notes should be added together.

Please see the introduction to the MAP tunes - these scores are taken directly from the RSPBA for the purposes of compliance with their competition vision.

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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