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

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High Road to Linton

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Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

Midi files  

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   A particularly tricky tune from the perspective of gracenote rhythms....Bar 1 strike -  this is a heavy strike, taking up a full 32nd note and opening on the beat. Listen carefully to the midi files to get a feel for this.
2   Bar 1 High A doubling is in the form of a 'light' doubling, where the strike is shorter than the initial high A. The relationship is 3/4 to 1/4 of a sixteenth note.
3   Bar 2 High G doubling is also in the form of a 'light' doubling, where the strike is shorter than the initial high G. 
4   Bar 2 sixteenth note E with G gracenote. The gracenote is quite long here and must close on the last sixteenth note, otherwise the tune 'falls over'. The gracenote itself is the length of a 32nd note. Listen carefully to the midi files to get a feel for this.
5   Bar 2 last high G gracenote is also a 32nd note and closes on the next beat.

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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Quarter speed Quarter speed

Exercise 3

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Low Pitch High Pitch
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Quarter speed Quarter speed

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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