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Midi files (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)
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Five discussion points
1 Bar 1 Low G gracenote - make sure this opens on the beat. A quarter of the preceding B is given to the low G.
2 Strike on E in bar 1 - opens on the beat. This is quite a long strike, heavy. The low A lasts for a 32nd note, half of the last quarter of the beat. Listen carefully to the midi files.
3 Bar 4 taorluath - this is quite a slow and open taorluath and lasts for complete 8th note.
4 Bar 4 high G gracenotes - the last high G gracenote, and the one on to the B before the taorluath are both big gracenotes. That is to say the preceding notes are dived into triplets and one third of each of these notes is given to the gracenote. This gives extra emphasis to the beats as required, and also gives differentiation to the distinction of beats to give the clasic strathspey "heavy light medium light" beat structure so often looked for by 'piping critics.
5 Birls at end of each part - last strike comes up on the beat.
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)