Teach Yourself Bagpipes by Lindsay Davidson - Intermediate Finger Exercises and RSPBA MAP Tunesbringing quality 'piping instruction to you for free
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Midi files (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)
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Five discussion points
1 C doubling bar 1 - make sure that both Cs are the same length as each other, and that there are short enough. Getting this effect togetther as a band is actually easier to do than it seems, if you work rhythmically, and has a tremendous impact on the listener.
2 High G gracenotes generally - generally these are longer, heavier gacenotes to give the tune a slightly ranting feeling. Mostly, they take up a third of a 32nd note (se exercise 1). Listen to the midi file for where this isn't the case...
3 Strike bar 1 - this, too, is a third of a 32nd and opens on the beat.
4 E doubling bar 2 - this is opened by a small high G gracenote, which closes on the beat, the same length as the F cut (a 64th note). This choice has been made in order to mark out the strathspey pattern of emphasis.
5 Grip bar 3 - this needs to be extremely crisp and lightly done, otherwise the tunes gets completely bogged down. This will take a lot of slow rhythmical training together to get it to work adequately, but the effect is worth it (and repeats in many strathspeys).
Five exercises (please keep coming back until this is fully updated)