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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)