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

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The Fairy Dance

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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.

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For more information on how to use these midi files please follow the link on the left.

Five discussion points

1   Bar 1 High G gracenotes - not all of the high G gracenotes are the same length in this interpretation.  The second and fourth  High G gracenotes are longer than the first and third. This has been done to balance the phrasing more evenly. The 'long' G gracenotes are 32nd notes whilst the 'short' ones are 64th notes. The gracenotes in all cases close on the beats. As ever, the best way to get on top of this is to listen to the midi files.
2   The High A gracenote in bar 3 is a 64th note, like the short high G gracenotes.
3   Tachum bar 4 (and later) - for the tachms the C is three quarters of the 16th note and the D gracenote occupies just a quarter of the 16th note. This is not the only way to play tachums (not the way the writer plays it, on account of this being a particular feature of the style of Jimmy Inglis, the writer's teacher) but for the purpose of bands playing together this is easier as it coonforms to a rhythmical gracing pattern that is used elsewhere.
4   Grip bar 5 - this has been placed in the space of a quarter of the crotchet beat; the low Gs seem to be the same length, although they are not. This means the D gracenote is very short (128th note). Listen carefully to the midi files.
5   Throw - the low G is half the length of the preceding C. The strike is a quarter of the length of the 16th note assigned to the movement. Please note, this means the rhythm of the D and C strike in the throw is the same as the C and D gracenote in the tachum. Once you get your band feeling this approach to gracing the style will reinforce itself.

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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Quarter speed Quarter speed

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