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Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source
Please see the tunes page on this site for the writer's own version/arrangement.
Please click on these files to hear the music played through midi.
For more information on how to use these midi files please follow the link on the left.
Five discussion points
1 There are many, many versions of this tune, but the one presented here is that given by the RSPBA. The throws should all feature fairly short low Gs and thus not be very heavy.
2 If you have pipers in your band who have learned this tune before it is possible that they will be tempted to play E gracenotes to the low As between the throws. Watch out for this. They may also add the occasional high A doubling.
3 In the second part the grip between the high As should be short, fitting into a 16th note space. This is very good and does not involve adding extra thinking tricks for your band.
4 Be careful that all of the doublings have the first occurance of the note being doubled opening on the beat. Listen carefully to the midi file. This will eep the tune from giving a rubato efect (wobbly time effect caused by different approaches to doublings, which can sometimes be valid in interpretation terms).
5 Haras at the end of the parts bar 8 and bar 16) should have the beat when the 'ra' comes up to the second D.
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)