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This movement only goes to ‘D’ from any other note.  It is always the same.  The function of a Throw is to make a D stand out in he tunes.  This is achieved by marking out the D firstly by preceding it with a Low G, and then by repeating that D by striking your D finger down and up quickly.  This could also be described as Low G, then D, then strike (written as a C gracenote).

Order of events:

1.         Note - ‘E’ in example 6.
2.         Make Low G (remember this often involves more than one step!)
4.         Make ‘D’ (lift ‘D’ finger first).
5.         Strike  ‘D’ finger down and up to repeat 'D'.
6.         End on ‘D’.
Example 6 - THROW FROM ‘E’.

XX XX XX XX XX XX
X X X X X X
O O X X X X
           
X X X O X O
X X X O O O
X X X O O O
O X X X X X
           
E Make Low G (little finger down first) Complete Low G Sound D Strike D finger down and up to... End on D

Example 6.

 

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There is a second type of throw which is in common use around the world. It is essentially a grip to C, which is then treated as a short note cutting into D, thus accenting it. Please be aware that some teachers can be quite fierce and determined when discussing the throw they use. It is in many ways like speaking with an accent - what one says can be corect even when the sound can be slightly different. As long as the player understands the musical meaning of what he/she is playing and how to achieve the effect, then the results should be heard sympathetically.

Playing in bands however, demands that all pipers use the same technique. If you want to play in a band, please be ready to learn the other way (whatever that may be).






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