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 (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)

Please click on these files to hear the music played through midi.

Low Pitch High Pitch
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Quarter speed Quarter speed

For more information on how to use these midi files please follow the link on the left.

Five discussion points

1   Throws bar  and similar - the throws have low Gs the same length as the preceding Es. There isn't much time in a reel for widely varying interpretation in a band setting, hence this choice.
2   Birls - you need to add a low A to the beginning of the birls - what is notated here is theoretically possible to play, although nobody would ever do so - the low A is assumed. The rhythm of the birls is tafati, so the first two low As are the same length as each other and half the length of the third.
3   Bar 3  line 2 G gracenote from F the E - the F and the G gracenote are the same length as each other. This keeps the gracing throughout the tune  all regular and therefore easier to learn as a band.
4  Bar 7 tachum - the C is three times the length of the D gracenote, as has been chosen in the majority of cases in the rest of the MAP tunes (the writer himself usually does something different).
5   Throw bar 7  -  as after the E, this takes up half the time of the preceding C in order to have a strong effect and be effectve for a band to perform together.

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

Exercise 1

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Low Pitch High Pitch
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Half speed Half speed
Quarter speed Quarter speed

Exercise 2

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Low Pitch High Pitch
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Half speed Half speed
Quarter speed Quarter speed

Exercise 3
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Low Pitch High Pitch
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Half speed Half speed
Quarter speed Quarter speed

Exercise 4

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Low Pitch High Pitch
Full speed Full speed
Half speed Half speed
Quarter speed Quarter speed


Exercise 5

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Low Pitch High Pitch
Full speed Full speed
Half speed Half speed
Quarter speed Quarter speed


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