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

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Lady MacKenzie of Gairloch





Lady MacKenzie of Gairloch



Link to RSPBA (Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association) source

Midi files

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Five discussion points (and one extra)

1   Tachum bar 1 - the D gracenote takes a quarter of the semiquaver. This is not the only possibility, and has been chosen to make it easier to help train the whole band to play this together, and have a model tachum which can be applied in many places. The writer plays this differently making the C and D gracenote the same length as each other. This gives quite a different effect and if you are preparing for solo playing, you might want to do this instead of the interpretation given. Both are equally viable.
2   Last High G gracenote in bar 1 (written in bar 2 but played in bar 1...) - this is alonger gracenote as it serves to emphasise the first beat of the bar.  The gracenote takes up a third of the D preceding it and closes on the beat. Listen carefully to the midi files. This approach to gracenotes in places where extra emphasis is needed has been used frequently in these interpretations.
3   Bar 3 tachum - rightflly this should have a high G gracenote to make it like traditional tachums. No doubt the bar has been copied and pasted by the typesetter, and the absence of a high G gracenote is simply a mistake. Add one if you like.
4   E doublings and High G doublings and High A doublings  - the rhythms in these doublings after the beat is the same everywhere. This is another place where you might want to have everyone tap this rhythm out on the table to gether. This consistency makes it easier to learn the tune, to play together, to 'feel' the rhythms and creates a very goo dstrathsey effect, a kind of stability and consistency that accents the regularity of the beats (it is a dance....!)
5   Bar 5 C doubling and Bar 6 B doubling - to get the evenness in this is tricky when you are in the flow. Doing so is worth the trouble though, giving contrast and interest.
6   Grip in second last bar - this takes up half of the B, and teh impression of both low Gs being the same length (in fact tehy are not, but they give that impression). Listen very carefully yo the slow midi files.

Five exercises

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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