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

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Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

Midi files  

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Five discussion points

1   Dotted rhythm - very frequently musicians change the 3:1 ratio of note lengths to 2:1, in effect making triplets instead of backwards tachums. Keeping the rhythm as written will make a huge improession listeners and  gives an impression of both speed and crispness which is hard to beat.
2   Bar 4 birl - delay this for special effect by closing the first strike on the beat, as opposed to ending the birl on the beat. This will inevitably also mean the birl will seem more open, which gives a band a chance to show how well together they can play.
3   Bar 8 throw should be heavy, with an extra long low G taken from the preceding note.
4   Bar 8 the grip needs to be careful, and heavy - give it half of the 8th note in total.
5   Bar 9 - doubled B should be timed like a normal doubling, with the G gracenote closing on the beat and the strike coming after.

Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)

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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