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Using Science to Describe Playing “On the Beat”

John Holcombe 0

We pipers know that playing “on the beat” is critical, not only for unison in a group, but also to attain total musicality in the music we’re playing. However, as an individual how many of us have been told that we play “consistently ahead of the beat”, or that we are “sometimes on the beat, but not always”?

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The Perfect Parade Tune-up Routine - Part 3 (Adverse Conditions)

Andrew Douglas 0

So, now that we have the basics of our perfect tune-up down - what do we do when the conditions are tough? Here's a hint - stick to the game plan! Just make minor adjustments for the environment.

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Dalnahassaig (with Glenn Brown)

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A great two parted strathspey, taught by Glenn Brown. Here, we also talk a little bit about what makes great strathspey playing. Don't miss out on this great wee tune, with a great wee lesson built in!

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The G.S. McLennan Experience - Part 2 (with Robert Mathieson)

Robert Mathieson 0

Today, we're not just going to learn a tune by the great G.S. McLennan, we're going to experience what his compositions are really all about. Don't miss out on this amazing hand-crafted content by the great Robert Mathieson.

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Banjo Breakdown - Part 4

Andrew Douglas 0

This part takes the foundation we've built in the first three parts, and really "lets go" from a compositional standpoint. The rhythms become more driving and repetitive, and how sweet it is! Yeeeeehaw!

BEGINNERS

More on the Great Gracenote Debate

Mark Olson 0

We argued amongst ourselves vociferously. The debate was polite but each side held his or her position. Ultimately, despite our staunch yet diplomatically expressed beliefs, none of use really knew. Did the G gracenote occur on the beat or before the beat?

TECHNIQUE & THEORY

Relaxing Your Strike Technique (via Banjo Breakdown pt. 4)

Andrew Douglas 0

It's really important to teach your fingers to be relaxed while striking the chanter, especially in this tune where the tempo will ultimately be quite fast!

PREMIUM CONTENT

Dare

Callum Beaumont 0

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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Using Science to Describe Playing “On the Beat”

John Holcombe 0

We pipers know that playing “on the beat” is critical, not only for unison in a group, but also to attain total musicality in the music we’re playing. However, as an individual how many of us have been told that we play “consistently ahead of the beat”, or that we are “sometimes on the beat, but not always”?

FUNDAMENTALS

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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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