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

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O'er The Bows To Ballindalloch

Oer the Bows




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   Grip bar 1 and elsewhere - this is a short grip, fitting into a semiquaver. Make sure that both low Gs create the impression of the being the same length (although they are not) and that the D gracenote truly 'cuts' them.
2   Bar 1 E doubling -  this is opened with a long high G gracenote, as it is on the third beat in the bar.
3   Bar 2/6 strike on B - this movement, which we could call a 'hiodo' from the canntairreachd, is treated like a doubling, a very heavy doubling, with the strike coming after the beat. Listen carefully.
4   Throw in bar 4, an interpretation not much used in these tunes.... The low G (before the beat) is a third of the preceding B, the D opens on the beat and the strike is a 32nd note. If you listen carefully to the midi files, it isn't as bad as the description.
5   Bar 5 - you may hear this first note as a low A in some versions, indeed this is how the writer plays it (low A dotted quaver). Be aware there are other versions...

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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Low Pitch High Pitch
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