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

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Because he was a Bonny Lad


Because He Was A Bonnie Lad

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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 2 throw and later throws - these are all quite heavy, meaning that the initial low G is given a full 32nd note (half of the preceding 16th notes). This heaviness is further emphasised by the fact the D and C are the same length as the low G. There are many ways to interpret this, and this choice has been made to make it easier for a whole band to learn to play together.
2   Bar 2 taorluath  - this taorluath has been opened up and given fully half the beat. Taorluaths are great embellishments for showing how well your band can play together and will thrill the audience, whoever they are, when done well. This approach gives your band time and space to make a good job of this. An alternative would be to reduce the time given to the throw to one third of the beat. You can do this using triplets.
3   Bar 5 tachum - as elsewhere with the strathspeys, this tachum and those that are later follow the simple proportion of 3/4 - 1/4 for C note and D gracenote. This is easy to practice together and learn and makes a very good effect when played together.
4   Bar 10 doubling with strike - the preceding high G gracenote is relatively long, taking a third of the C, and the doubling is in the same rhythm as other doublings, where the low G is treated as rhythmically identical to the usual D gracenote which serves to chop the note into two. The beat is on the first B, so when the G gracenote closes. Alternative approaches would be to make the low G longer, or move where the beat lands.
5   High G doublings. These are teated as similar to the throws, but obviously without any preceding gracenotes. Both the G and the F are the same length as each other and gives an effect of being quite heavy Please listen carefully to the midi files.

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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