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

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Marion and Donald

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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 E gracenote - this is bigger than the other gracenotes around in order to give a strong rhythmical effect at the beginning of the tune.It is the length of a 32nd note and closes on the beat. This is the same in bar 3.
2   G gracenote in B doubling, bar 2. This is a small gracenote (a 64th note) on account of its context, surrounded by other short notes. This means that the G gracenote and the D gracenote in the doubling are of the same length.
3   Strike bar 4 - this is a 32nd note, closing on the beat. This big strike serves to balance the strong rhythmical effect at the beginning of the tune. Listen carefully to the midi files.
4   Bar 5,'hadah' - where usually we would have 'hara', here we have the same thing but heavier, using low G to strike instead of C. The writer personally would not do this, and many other people would also use a C here. The rhythm of both would be the same - sound the D on the last 16th of the crotchet and then give the last quarter of this to the strike going down (low G or C), with the next D coming up on the beat. Whilst this explanation may sound wordy, it is just dot and cuts, and you can hear this clearly in the midi files.
5   Bar 7 F doubling - the high G gracenote here is, like in the B doubling elsewhere, the same length as the second G gacenote in the doubling, so therefore a short gracenote This is simply because of the rhythmical shape of the tune.

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

Exercise 1

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Exercise 2

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Exercise 3

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Exercise 4

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Exercise 5

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