When you purchase a tutor book, there's a common pitfall I want you to look out for: Does it teach you embellishments (like the D throw) before it teaches you to play a tune? If so - be careful! The D-throw is a combination of notes and gracenotes that we use to embellish pipe music...
Why are we learning to embellish something we don't even know how to play yet?
This is one of the major things that we try hard to caution students as they're learning the pipes - DON'T try to learn fundamentals out of order. First, get clean scale navigation and smooth rhythm out of a tune. Then, articulate the tune with some simple gracenotes. THEN it's ok to start looking at some embellishments.
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