Teach Yourself Bagpipes by Lindsay Davidson - Intermediate Finger Exercises and RSPBA MAP Tunesbringing quality 'piping instruction to you for free
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|The Drunken Piper|
Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source
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Five discussion points
1 'Pointing' is the word traditionally used to say what is important in this tune... This means the dotted 16th nots should be exactly that, and you should not alllow the sharpness to leave the rhythm and the tune become something filled with triplets.
2 Light throws have been chosen here although a soloist may chose to make the low Gs longer. This choice has been made to help your band develop a unified style.
3 Bar 6 - the F gracenote to high G closes before the beat and opens on the beat. Listen carefuly to the midi files.
4 Bar 8 birl - the birl ends on the beat. That is to say that the last strike comes up when the beat falls. This choice has been made to help your band develop a unified style.
5 Grip bar 10. Soloists may make this grip take a third of the haf beat, but this involves a shift in thinking from 2s and 4s to 3s. For a band to do this together successfully is quite practical and has been suggested elsewhere on this site, but if this is not strictly needed, then there is no need. Especially with a tune like this where thinking in 3s offers the danger of the dotted 16ths becoming too rounded, it is better to choose giving half the half beat to the grip. Listen to the midi files. One danger that exiss as a result of this choice is that some people may be tempted to rush here. If you know about it you can avoid the problem, and also know to stay alert to hear it should it happen.
It is worth noting that where a choice is given that ightens the load n interpretative terms, you can ask the band to pay attention to their tone production (steadiness, pitch of blowing etc.).
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)