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

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The 72nd Highlanders Farewell to Aberdeen

72 Highlanders

Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

Midi files

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Five discussion points

1   As with Teribus (mapm15), there is another version of this tune elsewhere on teachyourselfbagpipes; with suitable bounce and enthusiasm this is an extremely nice tune. Watch out for the dotted rhythms. These need to kept bouncy to make the tune as pleasant as possible. It is a common mistake to round off the dotted rhythms making more of a 2:1 ratio between long and short rather than the 3:1 that is indicated.
2   All the gracenotes nere need to be very short, otherwise the tune can become too heavy.
3   Throw in bar 8 - the low G should be very short and come before the beat.
4   Bar 9 - the doublings here give us a heavier moment in the tune. Making both high G and high A doublings identical rhythmically will reinforce this moment. This is followed up by the G gracenote to the B doubling also being the longest in the tune (listen to the midi file).
5   The birls in the second part have been interpreted here to be open and quite slow. There are two reasons for this - firstly, this is  the most common timing for birls across the MAP tunes and so will help your band play together more effectively and secondly, as the doublings here make the tune heavier at this point, a more open birl will support this interpretation. A third reason of course is that by showing the audience you can play birls together you add the 'wow' factor to your performance.

Five exercises 

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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