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

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Marquis of Huntly




Marquis of Huntly

Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

Midi files  

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Five discussion points

1   Again the long high G gracenote features heavily in doublings here. The triplet semiquaver with the last third being given to opening the gracentoe (closing on the beat) is a good stylistic point for your band as you can set up a steady approach and be together all the time. Listen carefully to the midi files and also the exercise.
2   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. The exception is in bar 4 (longer low G).
3   All the doublings have the same rhythm after the beat. Listen carefully to the midi files.
4   Bar 5 Taorluath - this is fitted into the last quarter of the beat, so into a semiquaver. You will need to pay particular attention to make sure that the D and E gracenotes are well proportioned. Truth be told, it is proportioning of these gracenotes which leads to most dissatisfaction withplaying taorluaths, not speed of playing.
5   Bar 5 D gracenote to low G. This is tricky. Rhythmically it continues in the vein of the taorluth, which eans you don't need to make big jumps in thinking. Try playing these two beats over and over again, gradually getting faster, making sure your rhythmical proportions are as they should be. Get this right and you will bowl over the audience (or the judges).

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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