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Midi files (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)
Please click on these files to hear the music played through midi.
For more information on how to use these midi files please follow the link on the left.
Please note, from the MAP strathspeys, this is slightly more difficult.
Five discussion points
1 Throws - there are a number of different rhythmical interpretations here - please listen carefully. All of these versions have been seen in other strathspeys. Variety is always good from the point of view of the listener.
2 The doublings after the beat share a rhythmical shape. The introductory gracenotes are of different lengths.
3 Triplet bar 3 (and elsewhere) - make sure to give this its shape as this will display your rhythmical control as a band to the maximum.
4 Bar 6/10 - 2 quavers together. Make sure you show this clearly as it gives lovely shape to the tune. Your winning strategy in this tune is rhythmical crafting, attention to detail.
5 Last 2 bars - for interpretations, these need to be given extra emphasis; if this was a fiddle there would be a crescendo here and bowing would become broader. Hence, the gracenotes are heavier, the throw is medium heavy and the low G-F 8th notes need to be marked very exactly (listen to the midi file to get the G gracenote in time).
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)