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.

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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   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)

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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