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Tunes for beginners

Welcome to the tunes for beginners section.


More tunes for bands and more advanced learners with points of discussion and midi files can be found in the Bands and MAP tunes section of teachyouselfbagpipes. This is a collection of nearly sixty tunes, started in late June 2013 and scheduled for completion in February 2014. Please keep coming back to it.

There is also a collection of smallpipe tunes available by clicking here.

Here, in the beginners 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 Lindsay Davidson's
 tune library, featuring a few hundred tunes of all types and difficulty level as jpegs and pdfs for free download.

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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.


LEVEL 1


Sutherland March* - March 




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Quimperle* - Air



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Skye Boat Song  - Air



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Drummond *- Air



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Amazing Grace -Air




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Auld Lang Syne  -Air


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Bonnie Lass of Fyvie - March  




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Killicrankie - March




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Jones' March* - 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




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Corriechoillie’s  - March



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72nd’s Farewell to Aberdeen - March  



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Highland Laddie  - March




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A Man’s A Man For A’ That - March  





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Jenny’s Bawbee  - March





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Ae Fond Kiss  - Air




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Bonnie Dundee  - March




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The Steamboat  - March





 
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LEVEL 3


Farewell To The Creeks - March





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) 




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




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)  




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



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  



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)




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



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




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




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




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


Full tempo


Half speed


Three quarter speed

Jenny Dang the Weaver - Reel (fast)


 

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


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)



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


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


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