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

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McPhedran's Strathspey





McPhedran's

Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

Midi files  

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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   Hara - High g gracenote opens before the beat and closes on the beat. It is the slightly longer gracenote used frquently elsewhere in these tunes. The D is on the beat and the strike is very light and short after it. Listen carefully to the midi files.
2   Doublings - whilst the high G gracenotes vary (some are long, in beats where there should be more emphasis), after the beat they are all rhythmically the same.
3   Strike bar 2 - comes up on the beat and lasts a thirty-second note.
4   C doubling bar 4, bar 8 and B/C doubling bar 11 - getting this rhythm right when you are in the flow will take a bit of discipline, but the contrast willbe recogined by the audience (judges) and is worth thr trouble. It is details like these that make the difference between 'just another generic strathspey' and an interpretation.
5   Triplets and G gracenote - triplets, when the writer was young, simply didn't exist. They do now. Listen carefully to get this variety to work and be careful about the high G gracenotes, which take up a quarter of a third of a quarter note (if we want to be purposefully obtuse.!). Without being obtuse, listen to the midi files...

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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