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Five discussion points
1 This tune has a very interesting rhythmical characteristic...despite being different notes, the rhythm of the embellishments repeat themselves from bar 1 to bar 2 and in many other places. It is worth listening carefully to this at a slower speed and trying to feel these rhtyhmical points purely as rhythm. If you can tap this out on the table togther as a band at a slow speed then you have truly achieved unity of thinking.
2 The tachums have been interpreted such that the C note and D gracenote are not the same length as each other. This makes the effect of the C clearer as a band, although soloists might choose to do this differently.
3 Throws - all of the throws are light and require a short low G as a result, except at the very beginning of the tune, which should be rather heavy..
4 High G doublings second part - make sure these all open to the first high G on the beat and not before.
5 Avoid the temptation to add any extra gracenotes here. In paticular there may be a temptation to add E gracenotes in the tachums from D to B to make extra emphasis, and indeed many people do this. However, the RSPBA have not done this in their version.
This section of the website has tunes taken from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Asociation (RSPBA) prescribed tune list.
If you learn these tunes, there will be a large number of people you can be sure to find tunes in common with.
The RSPBA update their list from time to time and the versions here followed their original published versions, pending updates in due course.
These videos show the music and you can hear midi generated tracks where the rhythm of the gracenotes and embellishments is maintained in proper interprative proportion. You should try to feel the rhythm and also count it out exactly. Start with the fastest files and as you get better, go to the slower files, as this is a true measure of your security of technique.
Each file is given at two pitches, A and B flat. This reflects the different practice chanter tunings commonly found. Please scroll down to what you need (site updated for smart phone and tablets)
The exercises below are chosen to help with some particular trickiness in each tune.
Videos to play along with
For more information on how to use these midi files please follow the link on the left.