Lindsay Davidson 
Driving 'piping forward

Crossing sounds... 

A 'crossing sound' is the additional, unintended sound that happens when changing from one note to another and the fingers make an unplanned position. This is one of the worst mistakes in 'piping and is to be avoided at all costs.

 We avoid crossing sounds by making sure that we know which finger causes the change in sound to the note which we are aiming to play (i.e the thumb makes the high sound or not sound) and when going to this note, move this finger first (when going upwards to the note from another) or last (when going downwards from another note).


slowly with a crossing sound (this is how NOT to play!!!!)




slowly and correctly, with no crossing sound




quickly (normally) with the same crossing sound (this is how NOT to play!!!!)



 

quickly (normally) and correctly without the crossing sound





Getting Started

How to Practice

Rhythm and Reading Music
 

Rudiments Index

Hand Position and the Scale
Crossing sounds
G Gracenotes
D Gracenotes
E Gracenotes
G,D,E Gracenotes exercise
Strikes
Throws
Doublings - general principles
Low G Doublings
Low A Doublings
B Doublings
C Doublings
D Doublings
E Doublings
F Doublings
High G Doublings
High A Doublings
Grips
Taorluath
Birl
Tachum
Hara

Moving on


Exercises
Tunes

Bagpipes

Transition to Bagpipes
Tuning a Bagpipe

Getting Better

Using Midi files
Intermediate exercises
Advanced

Band repertoire

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