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Midi files (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)
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Five discussion points
1 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.
2 Bar 1 - the low G for the throw is taken from the preceding B, and is the same length as this B. This gives emphasis and drive to the tune. This pattern is repeated in every place where there is a throw from B.
3 The high G doublings have the same rhythm as the other doublings (after the initial high G gracenote). Listen carefully in the midi files, as getting this rhythm together will simplify many, many tunes.
4 Bar 4 the strike comes up on the beat, and is half of a quarter of a beat in length. This pattern is repeated for each strike.
5 The first D and strikes are the same length in each throw.
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)