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

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Louden's Bonnie Woods and Brae



Loudon's Bonnie Woods and Braes

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   Throws on D -  these are almost all identifcal. In each throw the low G comes before the beat, the D opens on the beat and all three gracenotes are the same length as each other, demisemiquavers. This gives a kind of heaviness to the throws which is easy to control. Exceptions are going into the repeat of line one (shorter low G),  and at the beginning of bar 3 (longer low G).
2   High G gracenotes - there are basically two lengths of high G gracenote - heavier ones that are done as the last third of a triplet where the preceding note is the first two thirds, and shorter ones, for a lighter effect, where they form a quarter of the semiquaver.
3   Bar 4 triplet - watch the G gracenote here as it is different to the others, caused by being part of the triplet. As ever, listen to the midi files.
4   Bar 5 C doubling - most people that the writer has heard play this as a short C doubling ( a semiquaver). As with the other tunes, the version given here is taken from the RSPBA, but you may wish to reverse the rhythm in this beat.
5   Hara - this is treated like a doubling in this tune. Therefore the strike is short, and light, and the G gracenote before it closes on the beat.

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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