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How to Use a Metronome to Learn a Reel

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In Scottish country dancing, the reel is one of the four traditional dances, the others being the jig, the strathspey and the waltz. A reel is in 4/4 time, but when written out, reels are most often written in a 2/2 time signature, also known as "cut time".

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How to Use a Metronome to Learn a 2/4 March

John Holcombe 0

When you are learning a new competition march, do you often have trouble staying “on the beat” because you are using all of your concentration just to play all of the melody notes, gracenotes and embellishments correctly? Then, after you get those pesky things out of the way, are you still having trouble getting that “march feel”? Using a metronome during your practice may well be a useful tool for you.

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How to Use a Metronome to Learn a Jig

John Holcombe 0

When you are learning a new jig, do you often have trouble staying “on the beat” because you are using all of your concentration just to play all of the melody notes, gracenotes and embellishments correctly? Then, after you get those pesky things out of the way, are you still having trouble getting that “jig feel”? Using a metronome during your practice may well be a useful tool for you.

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How to Use a Metronome to Learn a Reel

John Holcombe 0

In Scottish country dancing, the reel is one of the four traditional dances, the others being the jig, the strathspey and the waltz. A reel is in 4/4 time, but when written out, reels are most often written in a 2/2 time signature, also known as "cut time".

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Embellishments Dojo Fundamentals Bagpipe Setup Piobaireachd

How to Play Embellishments - Glossary

Grip

Andrew Douglas 0
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This is a three step "Low G Oriented" embellishment found commonly in light music tunes, and in Piobaireachd.

Dojo Fingerwork Fundamental Terms - Glossary

Scale Navigation - The Basics

Andrew Douglas 0
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Any pitched instrument has to have a means to produce its notes. On the bagpipe, we have a small scale that we use that requires specific fingerings to make the notes sound properly. As a piper, you need to make sure these fingerings are correct, and that no unwanted sounds (a.k.a. "crossing noises") occur as you switch from note to note.

How to Set Up Your Bagpipes - Glossary

Bagpipe Maintenance

Andrew Douglas 0
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Bagpipe maintenance is the root of the bagpipe tree of sound. If the instrument isn't holding air and operating efficiently, there is no way that Tonal Quality or Tuning can be achieved.

Tonal Quality

Andrew Douglas 0
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Many pipers around the world, including a shocking number of "top" pipers, assume that, after putting together a well-maintained bagpipe, the next step is to tune it. This could not be further from the truth!

Tuning

Andrew Douglas 0
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The biggest thing to stress about tuning is that only a small part of the process relies on the quality of your "ear." At the Dojo, we stress that logic and strategy are the biggest components to tuning your instrument, not a magic ability to hear whether or not it's in tune.

How to Play Piobaireachd Elements - Glossary

Dare

Callum Beaumont 0
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Sometimes referred to as a "throw on F," the Dare brings a rich embellishment to the table in Piobaireachd that isn't often seen in light music. Look at the steps carefully, and make sure to get them right!

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