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

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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   A very popular tune - there are as many versions in the world as there are 'pipers.
2   All of the gracenotes here have been made heavy, in the triplet style discussed elsewhere in strathspeys.
3   The throws are all of a medium weight - a longer low G (the same length as the gracenotes) followed by the D opening on the beat and being the same length as the C.
4   Taorluath bar 4 - this fits into a quarter of the whole beat. Make sure the D and E gracenotes are suitably proportioned and the low Gs are longer. It is usuallyproportion not speed that makes people feel unhappy in taorluaths.
5   Strikes on E bar 5/7 - these are lighter and shorter, 32nd notes, opening on the beat.

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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