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   C doubling bar 1 - some people call this rhythmical pattern a 'double tachum'. This is because we can think of it as a single action, or also because the doubling fits into the space given to the C in a tachum. To make this work and have the desired effect, and fit in the given space, the D gacenote needs to be fantastically short (128th note). Listen to the midi file..
2   High A doubling bar 1 - this is rhythmically identical to the C doubling. Knowing this should help get the feel for the rhythmical pattern into everyone's hands and heads.
3   High G gracenote from E to C bar 3 - this takes up a third of the last semiquaver of the beat, giving extra emphasis to the third beat in the bar.
4   Throw bar 4 - a kind of medium weighted throw - long low G and a short D and even shorter strike. Rhytmically this is identical to the C doublings (after the beat). Listen carefully to the midi file (and in time there will be an exercise about this, please keep coming back).
5   Bar 5 the first high G gracenote is shorter than all the others. This is a merely pragmatic step as to introduce triplets into this complex pattern is impractical for less experienced bands. Soloists might have a different approach.

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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