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

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

Five discussion points

1   Birl bar 1 - the rhythm you should 'feel' or hear in the low As in this birl should be 'tafati', or two sixteenths.At the beginning of a bar this gives strong emphasis and is reasonably simple to manage rhythmically with a whole band.
2   High G gracenote in the C doubling bar 1 - this should be thought of as a triplet. That is to say that the high G gracenote takes up one third (the last third) of the semiquaver (16th note). As ever with tricky rhythms, listen carefuly to the midi file, and say "tri-pe-let" to yourself a thousand times.
3   Bar 2 strike - again this should be thought of as a triplet - the low G is in the last third of the semiquaver and comes up on the beat.
4   Throw in bar 3 - yet another triplet.....
5   Bar 4 c doubling - this is in the same rhythm as the birl. Listen carefully and ty tapping it out togeher on the table. This may be a surprising idea, but when you can play this together as a band the effect on the listener is magical.

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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