Teach Yourself Bagpipes by Lindsay Davidson - Intermediate Finger Exercises and RSPBA MAP Tunesbringing quality 'piping instruction to you for free
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Five discussion points
1 Extra force is given to the throws by making the strike the same length as the D preceding it. This is different to the interpretation in the marches and is a happy medium way point between heavy throws and light throws. It is also simple to make this work together as a band. The initial low Gs are also this same length.
2 The gracenotes are made slightly bigger in this tune, to give emphasis. This is done by dividing the last quater of each beat into a triplet and giving the gracenote the last third of this triplet. This pattern repeats itself in other strathspeys and is worth listening to carefully to get a 'feel' for.
3 The doublings are made to stand out by making the gracenote preceding slightly longer (see comment two) but having the second gracenote, that which does the doubling, shorter, making it a quarter of a quarter of the beat. Listen carefully to the midi files.
4 The high A doublings have a different rhythm to the throws. The first high A is three quarters of a semiquaver (16th note) and the strike last just a quarter of the 16th note.
5 Bar 15 taorluath - this starts after an 8th note, and fills up half of the beat. The taorluath ends with the E gracenote closing on the next beat. Listen carefully to the midi file. There are other ways to do this, but for a whole band to achieve this effect together, this is the most practical way.
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)