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

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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   Throws -  these throws are of a medium heavy type - the low G, D and C are all the same length as each other, with the beat landing on the fist D. Listen carefully to the slow midi files to understand this.
2    Strike bar 1 - the strike comes up on the beat here and everywhere else. To make this work the D is shortened by a semiquaver ad this time is given to the first B, which is then divided into 4 equal parts and the  low G of the strike takes the last quarter of the this B.
3   Bar 4 (and later) taorluath - the taorluath takes up a quarter of the C and the next beat is made by closing the E gracenote.
4   Strike bar 10 - this has the same approach as the strikes on B similarly notated above.Some may wish to replace the low G with a C as this will have a lighter musical effect.
5   Doublings F and high A - these have the same rhythm as each other, where the note being doubled (F and High A) is three quarters of the pace given to the doubling and the 'chopping' gracenoteis only a quarter. This gives a light effect.

Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)

Exercise 1

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Exercise 2

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Low Pitch High Pitch
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Exercise 3

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Exercise 5

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Quarter speed Quarter speed

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