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   Throw bar 1 - a very light throw, where the strike happens in the last quarter of the first quarter of the crotchet beat....Listen to the midi file and is is easy. This rhythmical shape is used everywhere here to help your band play together.
2   G gracenote to D, bar 1 -  as in Marion and Donald (mapr8) the rhythmical effect here is like stamping your feet, one after the other, in a dance (a reel is a dance after all...). The same 'boom,boom' effect is called for in accenting the two crotchets, and is achieved the same way by having  a bigger G gracenote than usual on to this second crotchet. It is a 32nd note, closing on the beat.
3   Tachum bar 1. The D gracenote from the C to low A is the same length as the strike is the throw. You can get this rhythm working in your band by tapping it out on the table together. This will give a remarkable strength to your rhythmical awareness and control as a group.
4   Grip bar 2. To keep the main body of the tune light and in so doing emphasise the boom,boom or stamp,stamp of the first two crotchets, the grip needs to be fairly light and nimble. It fits into the space of a semiquaver with the proportion 3/64:1/64:1/32
5   Bar 6 heavy 'hara' - this has the same rhythm as doublings in this 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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