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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Half speed Half speed
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   Bar 1 tachum - the B is three times the length of the D gracenote, as has been chosen in the majority of cases in the rest of the MAP tunes (the writer himself usually does something different)
2   Bar 1(and later)  throw - the beat lands on the D at the beginnin of the throw and the strike is a quarter of its length.Quarter speed This gives the throw the effect of being quite 'light'.
3   Bar 2 E doubling has the same rhythm as the throw (after the initial G gracenote, which closes on the beat).
4   Bar 9 High G doubling also has the same rhythm as the throw, giving the tune a certain consistency. Elsewhere in the MAP tunes this has been interpreted differently.
5   Bar 10  strike - the B is three times as long as the low G, which opens on the next beat (ta-fi ta).

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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Quarter speed Quarter speed

Exercise 2

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Low Pitch High Pitch
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Quarter speed Quarter speed

Exercise 3

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

Exercise 4

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

Exercise 5

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

 

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