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Don't Be Fooled by the D-throw in Sheep's Clothing

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D throw in sheeps clothingWhen 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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Andrew Douglas Andrew is a prolific practitioner of the bagpipe, having been active at the highest level of pipe bands, solo competition, teaching, and creative endeavors for the past 20 years. He's also the founder and creator of Dojo U and of PipersDojo.com

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    1. Hey Jane -
      Both are acceptable names. However, to us "Double-D" is confusing because a "D Doubling" is an entirely different embellishment (G Gracenote to D, then E gracenote on D).

  1. Good point! I actually stumbled into this theory early on in my learning. So now, whenever I learn a new tune, I still play the notes without embellishments a couple times to get the feel for the tune, then play the embellishments .The key is to not play it too many times w/o the embellishments or your brain will have a hard time plugging them in later...

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