Teach Yourself Bagpipes by Lindsay Davidson - Intermediate Finger Exercises and RSPBA MAP Tunesbringing quality 'piping instruction to you for free
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|Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle|
Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source
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 Grip in bar 1 - this is perhaps one of the most surprising and tricky points in beginning to play together. In order to play this together you really need to change the basic rhythm. Soloists can approach this differently and go to the B at the correct part in the beat (last quarter of the beat) but bands should treat this beat as a triplet . You need to say "tri-pe-let", with low A being on the "tri-" and B falling on the "let". Once you have got this working as a group you then need to divide the B into another triplet, and place the low Gs of the grip on each syllable, landing on the C on the next beat. The exercise makes this perfectly clear.
2 Throw in bar 4 - take half of the C and give it to the low G, coming up to the D on the beat.
3 Tachum B to low A in bar 7 - there are several different rhythmical ways to approach playing this tachum for maximum effect. The version given here treats the tachum most like a normal gracenote. Listen carefully to the midi files, particularly when played slowly. This choice has ben made to limit the number of different rhythmical questions to be faced by a band.
4 Bar 10 making the E doubling together - as with the throw earlier, you need to divide the F prior to the doubling into two halves and give the second half to the G gracenote in the doubling. This will mean you close the gracenote together on the beat and doubling thereafter together is easy.
5 Last line rhythmical accuracy and consistency - you need to say "bouncy bouncy" together. Have fun - be a bit silly.