Lindsay Davidson 
Driving 'piping forward

Exercises 1

These are basic and simple exercises and will help you get control of your fingers and give you enough skill to play very simply tunes, such as the "Skye Boat Song". Once you have got the basic idea, some people may wish to play along with a mentronome.

Although it is not an absolute rule, it is good to try and be aware of closing your gracenotes on the beat. Technique is NOT the ability to repeat something very quickly, but the control over your fingers and understanding to decide when things happen and why..

So, try to open the gracenotes before the beat, and close them on the beat.

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High G Gracenotes
g gracenotes exercise
D Gracenotes
d gracenotes exercise
E Gracenotes
e gracenote exercise
Strikes
strikes exercise
Gracenotes and Changing Notes
gracenotes and changing notes

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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