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

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Midi files  

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Five discussion points
  
1   B doubling in bar 2 - make sure the g gracenote closes on the beat in the  B doubling. This will mean taking half of the preceding note to give to the gracenote.
2   Low G gracenote to low A in bar 2 - the little finger should come up on the beat.  This should be a light G gracenote, taking only a quarter of the note before.
3   Birl in bar 6 - as written, this is impossible to play. You need to add the low A at the beginning of the birl. You also need to finish the birl in enough time to leave space to fit in the G gracenote to the B so that the tachum at the beginning of the next bar is nice and crisp. Thus, make the birl a 'tafati' sound in the time of a semiqauver (16th note) and give the next G gracenote a semiquaver too.
4   Hara in bar 8 - the strike in the hara comes up on the beat here.
5   Throw in bar 10 - the low G needs to be the same length as the preceding low A to fit into the time available here.

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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