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   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 listenign 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 fist 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 and so to win prizes, you would be best advised to follow what they have given.

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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Exercise 2

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Low Pitch High Pitch
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Exercise 3

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Low Pitch High Pitch
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Exercise 4


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Low Pitch High Pitch
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Exercise 5

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



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