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

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This section of the website has tunes taken from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Asociation (RSPBA) prescribed tune list.

If you learn these tunes, there will be a large number of people you can be sure to find tunes in common with.

The RSPBA update their list from time to time and the versions here followed their original published versions, pending updates in due course.
These videos show the music and you can hear midi generated tracks where the rhythm of the gracenotes and embellishments is maintained in proper interprative proportion. You should try to feel the rhythm and also count it out exactly. Start with the fastest files and as you get better, go to the slower files, as this is a true measure of your security of technique.

Each file is given at two pitches, A and B flat. This reflects the different practice chanter tunings commonly found. Please scroll down to what you need (site updated for smart phone and tablets)

The exercises below are chosen to help with some particual trickiness in each tune.


Videos to play along with

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Low Pitch quarter speed

High pitch normal speed

High pitch half speed

High pitch quarter speed


For more information on how to use these midi files please follow the link on the left.
 
For more information on how to use these midi files please follow the link on the left.

Five discussion points

1   Taorluaths - take up the time of a semiquaver. Make sure the D and E gracenotes are short enough to make a good contrast with the low Gs . Despite the notation, the D and E gracenotes are shorter than the Low Gs.
2   Grips - the grips also take up a semiquaver, just like the taorluaths.
3   Bar 2 tachum - teh D gracenote is a 64th note. The writer has a differnet personal style in tachums, exagerating the D gracenote. The version here is more conventional, plus involves less changing of rhythmical patterns when you teach this to your band.
4   Heavier gracenotes - the vast majority of gracenotes here are of the longer, heavier, triplet type, encountrered elsewhere in the MAP strathspeys.
5   Triplets - give them their shape with precision and the judges will be smiling for the rest of the day. You might also want to ask the drummers to highlight this point to make extra effect.

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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