Lindsay Davidson 
Driving 'piping forward

Tunes

Welcome to the tunes section.


These tunes have been arranged the tunes according to difficulty, with level one being the easiest.


The idea is that you learn one or two tunes a week, and that after one month you can progress to the next level.  


Each tune can be downloaded and printed as a jpeg.


It is a good idea to keep practicing your exercises whilst you are learning these tunes.


Tunes marked * were composed by Lindsay Davidson.


For more tunes at all levels, printable as jpegs, please look at The Ardgowan Collection.


Please click on the music to hear each tune being played by Lindsay Davidson on the chanter.


Where there are midi files, please remember the "magic maxim" - if you can play slowly, you can play quickly but the converse isn't necessarily true. This means as you get better you should try to play with an awareness of twice as much detail, then four times as much detail etc.


To this end, extra beats have been given in the midi files to help you keep count. This will be further explained in intermediate work in due course.
Once you get the idea, it is easy, but please listen carefully to figure it out.


As a general rule, when you can play all the tunes in level and and level smoothly and confidently, then you are ready to order your pipes. They take a while to be delivered usually and by the time you get them you should be starting to feel comfortable with level three tunes.

LEVEL 1


Sutherland March* - March 


sutherland march


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Quimperle* - Air

quimperle

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Skye Boat Song  - Air

skye boat song

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Drummond *- Air

drummond

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Amazing Grace -Air


amazing grace


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Auld Lang Syne - Air

auld lang syne
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Bonnie Lass of Fyvie - March  


bonnie lass o fyvie


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Killicrankie - March


killiecrankie


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Jones' March* - March

jones march


This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full tempo


Half speed with quaver beats


Three-quarter speed with quaver beats


Quarter speed with semi-quaver beats


LEVEL2


Teribus  - March


teribus

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Corriechoillie’s  - March

corriechoillie

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72nd’s Farewell to Aberdeen - March  

72nds farewell to aberdeen

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Highland Laddie  - March


highland laddie


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A Man’s A Man For A’ That - March  


A mans a man for a that


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Jenny’s Bawbee  - March


jenny's bawbee


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Ae Fond Kiss  - Air


ae fond kiss


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Bonnie Dundee  - March


bonnie dundee


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The Steamboat  - March


steamboat


 
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LEVEL 3


Farewell To The Creeks - March



farewell to the creeks


This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full speed


Half speed with quaver beats


Three quarter speed with quaver beats


Paddy’s Leather Breeches - Jig(fast) 


paddys leather breeches


This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full speed


Half speed


Three quarter speed


Very slow, with every quaver beat sounded


Rowan Tree - March


rowan tree


This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full speed


Half speed with quaver beats


Three quarter speed with quaver beats



Because He Was A Bonny Lad - Strathspey (dance, moderate tempo)  

because he was a bonnie lad


This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full tempo


Half speed with quaver beats


Three quarter speed with quaver beats

 

Aspen Bank - Strathspey

aspen bank


This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full tempo


Half speed with quaver beats


Three quarter speed with quaver beats


 

Loudon’s Bonnie Woods and Braes - Strathspey  

loudons bonnie woods and braes

This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full speed


Half speed with quaver beats


Three quarter speed with quaver beats


The Fairy Dance - Reel (fast)


fairy dance


This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full speed


Half speed with crotchet beats


Three quarter speed with crotchet beats

 
LEVEL 4
 
Loch Maree - March composed by G S McLennan

Loch Maree


This tune has several midi files to help you practise:


Full tempo


Half tempo with quaver beats


Three quarter tempo with quaver beats


Green Hills of Tyrol - March


green hills


This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full tempo


Half speed with quaver beats


Three quarter speed
with quaver beats

 

When The Battle’s O’er - March


battles oer


This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full tempo


Half speed with quaver beats


Three quarter speed
with quaver beats


 


Scotland The Brave - March


scotland the brave


This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full tempo


Half speed


Three quarter speed


Jenny Dang the Weaver - Reel (fast)


jenny dang the weaver
 

This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full tempo

Half speed

Three quarter speed

 
The Eight Men Of Moidart - Reel (fast)
8men of moidart


This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full tempo


Half speed


Three quarter speed


Quarter speed with quaver beats

 
The High Road To Linton - Reel (fast)

high road to linton


This tune has several midi files to help you practice..


Full tempo

Half tempo with crotchet beats

Three quarter tempo with crotchet beats

Ultra slow with quaver beats



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

Contact details:
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lindsaydavidson@lindsaydavidson.co.uk