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Throw on D

by Rick
(Georgia, USA)

I typically only play the "light" version of a D throw rather than the heavy version a lot of folks play in light music. I just watched PM Robertson's video on The Argylls Crossing the River Po and it appears he is playing the light version of the D throw. Is this true? If so, what is his opinion of the use of heavy or light throws on D?

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Sep 30, 2012
by: Rick

Thanks Bill, that's very reassuring to hear!

Sep 26, 2012
Throw on D
by: Bill Robertson

Hello Rick,
You are correct in that I use the so called lighter throw on D. I also prefer it because it sounds better in being cleaner sounding against the at times clumsy/uglier sounding so called heavier way especially in the hands of less experienced piper/novice etc. I think it is easier to play for the beginner.

Listening to professional players you might find that some play one way and some the other way in the light music.

As one progresses I feel it is a matter of personal choice as long as the person can handle the heavier way slickly enough.
Best wishes,


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