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- Mon 29 June 2015
- 2:00 pm BST
- David Wilton
- Lessons, Technique, Tutorials for All
As the most fundamental ornament on the pipes, it is crucial that we have full control over G gracenotes. Consistent, accurate and rhythmic use of this gracenote is the focus of these exercises.
One of the hardest parts to master on the bagpipes is the finger technique involved within the tunes we play. This series for e-learning will be tackling the muscle development within a pipers hands. We will be running through a number to hand exercises, breaking down movements and tackling the difficult transitions of technique. The exercises should be done to the point of fatigue while aiming to get the cleanest sound from each movement.
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What are Experience Levels?
Complete beginner. Chapters 1-15 of the National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book 1 running on a 10 week cycle.
Advanced beginner. Completing the remainder of the National Piping Centre Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book 1 (chapter 15 – 26), running on a 10 cycle.
Intermediate. Made or making the transition to bagpipes, and being familiar with different types of tunes and time signatures. Knowledge of all embellishments. Equivalent to CLASP Grade 3, or North American Grade 4/5.
Advanced intermediate. Familiar with 4 part tunes in most time signatures. A little knowledge of piobaireachd. Roughly of CLASP Grade 2/3 or North American Grade 2/3.
Proficient. Good knowledge of different types of tunes. CLASP Grade 1 or North American Grade 1 and above.