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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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 C 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 high G gracenote immediately after the tachum is a longer gracenote (32nd note) and closes on the beat, but the later gracenotes in this bar are short (64th notes).
3   Bar 2 high and low G gracenotes (in the throw) are the same length as each other and the rhythmical pattern of the first beat  here is repeated in the second beat. This repetition of rhythm helps the group to learn together and also involves less changing of patterns, which is inherently easier to learn as well. This also gives the effect of a light throw,  further supported by the short strike in the throw.
4   The strikes all open on the beats, giving consistency and ease of learning.
5   Bar 10 high G gracenote to low A is a 32nd note, which is longer than the other gracenotes. This helps to keep the tune balanced and the drive going but without being over heavy. Listen carefully to the midi files.

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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And an extra exercise...

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Low Pitch High Pitch
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Quarter speed Quarter speed



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