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

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Molly on the Shore

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Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

Midi files (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)

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Five discussion points

1   Generally try to think of this tune as being in 4/4 time instead of 2/2. This will give the effect of playing faster, without actually needing to do so. It also give your drummers a great deal of opportunity to show off good playnig together that needn't be very hard.
2   E doublings - all the high G gracenotes going into the E doublings are 64th notes. This is because of the overall rhythmical character of the tune.
3   G gracenote to D bar 1 - this is a 32nd note as it is introducing a new subphrase, which should be accented. The gracenote closes on the beat.
4   Tachum bar 2 - the D gracenote is shorter than the B. This is a question of style, but this decision here has been taken to keep the flow of rhythmical shpae for the band and thus make it easier to be together all the time. 
5   Last part (line 2 onwards) high A with strikes/high A doublings. The relationship between the high A and the high G is the same in these cases, but they occur at different points in the bar. As in other such instances, tap this out on the table to become aware and you will strengthen your band's rhythmical accuracy. Another knock-on effect of this will be to avoid a tendency to speed up.The reasoning behind that remark is a long story...

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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