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

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The Inverness Rant

Inverness Rant




Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

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

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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   Bar 4 some people will add a high A gracenote to the F doubling by habit. The midi version here follows the RSPBA arrangement. This rhythm is also slightly unexpected, with the F and E seeming the same length. This makes for a very powerful chance to show your band can play together, and as such it is worth playing what is written.
2   Basically, two rhythmical interpretations of the throw are given in this tune. The first occurs at the end of bar 1, where the low G, D and C (strike) are all the same length, with the beat falling on the opening of the D. The second is in bar 4, where the D is three quarters of a quarter of the beat and the low G and C are both the same as each other, a quarter of a quarter of a beat. The arithmetic looks bad - listen to the midi files (the slow ones)
3   Tachum, bar 6. The D gracenote is timed like a normal gracenote from C to low A, in other words a quarter of the note. There are other ways to play a tachum, but for a whole band this approach is both simple and effective, and indeed, perhaps the least controversial of possible choices.
4   Grip bar 8 - this fits into the space of a semiquaver. Be careful to get the internal rhythm correct as well (ta-fi ta) to give the impression (but not the reality) of equal length low Gs.
5   Bar 5 high G gracenotes are all the same length as each other, giving apparently equal weight to each beat in the bar. This tune is a rant. To rant is to rage and bang one's hand passionately on the table (of course with a big smile). This can be emphasised by making all the beats in the bar of equal weight.

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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