Lindsay Davidson 
Driving 'piping forward

STRIKES

This is a very simple embellishment.  It merely consists of striking your note finger on and off the chanter very quickly.  There are two exceptions - ‘B’ and ‘C’.  In both of these cases you divide the note into two by sounding a very short low G,  written as a Low ‘G’ gracenote. Be careful to remember to strike down only one finger otherwise. 

HINT

From ‘B’, a common mistake is sounding an extra Low ‘A’ in the strike. To avoid this, put down your little finger first,  and lift it last.  See example 5.
Example 5 - STRIKE ON ‘B’.

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B Little finger down Sound (and feel) Low G Start returning to B Complete B
 
Example 5.


  Strike

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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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