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

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The Smith's a Gallant Fireman

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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   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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