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

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Piper of Drummond

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Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

Midi files

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Five discussion points

1   Throw bar 1 - as in Miss Girdle (mapr9) the throw is very light after the beat. However, before the beat, in ever case, the low G takes exactly half the preceding note. This helps set up a pattern to help your band to playtogether.
2   The pattern of having two strong crotchets at the beginning fo a reel to be like stamp,stamp in the dance can be seen here as in other similar tunes. As with analogous places in other tunes, the gracenote to the second crotchet is a 32nd note, giving emphasis in this way.
3   Strike on B bar 2 - a light strike opening on the beat. The low G is a 64th note. Be careful to recognise that the next low G, in the throw, is a 32nd note.
4   Bar 4 gracenote - just like in bar 1. In semiotic terms this repetition of a motif indicates a closure of a section.
5   B doubling bar 5 - high G gracenote is a 64th note, making it the same as the D gracenote. This is on acount of the overall structure of the tune; anything else here would lead to imbalance.
 
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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Low Pitch High Pitch
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Quarter speed Quarter speed

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