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

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Orange and Blue


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Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

Midi files (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)

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Five discussion points

1   Bar 1 G gracenote from F - to play this gracenote so quickly will be a challenge in this tune. It can be half of the length of the preceding F and close on the beat.
2   Bar 1 hara - make sure the first D is where the beat happens - this will balance the phrasing and the tune extremely clear and easy for the listeners to understand. All the later haras should follow this pattern to make the most sense of this choice.
3   Bar 2 throw - take half of the preceding F for the low G. All later throws should follow the same pattern - half of the preceding semiquaver (16th note)
4   Bar 3 high G gracenote to C. This should be a big high G gracenote to emphasise the next phrase. In solo playing this would become a third of a quaver, but this involves a switch in thinking from dividing beats into four and instead diving into three. In band playing this is not very practical and so a compromsie should be recommended. This compromise is to make the gracenote short and start it later, in other words making it a 32nd note closing on the beat, and so opening n the last 8th of the preceding beat. Listen to the slow tune files to understand this more clearly.
5   Bar 4 birl - the second strike comes up on the birl here and on every later occurance.

Five exercises

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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