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

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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   The birl should be fitted into the time of a quarter of the beat, which also happens in Rantin Rovin Robin (mapm14.htm). Listen carefully to the midi files.
2   Grip bar 2. This is very tricky to get up to speed. You need to break this 16th note into a triplet and divide the result equally between the B and two low Gs divided by a D gracenote.Listen carefully to the midi files.
3   Taorluath bar 4 takes up half of the B.Be careful to keep this under control as there is a risk of rushing here.
4   Grip bar 10 - this takes only half of the preceding C, just like the taorluath in bar 4.
5   Bar 1 watch out for the change of rhythm. Musically this indicates that this passage, although a repeat of the notes above, is not a repeat  of the context.

Five exercises

Exercise 1

mapex5

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Exercise 2

mapex11

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Exercise 3

mapex12

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Exercise 4

mapex13

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Exercise 5

mapex16

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