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Visualizing ALAP/ASAP—Part 1

Mark Olson
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On the bagpipe, we cannot play a note with more volume in order to add expression to a phrase. Indeed, our goal is to play at a steady pressure so that the pitch of the chanter and the drones remains constant. Nor do we have techniques such as staccato or legato available to us on the Highland bagpipe. On the Highland bagpipe, we express our music by holding notes longer than we would normally hold them, playing them As Long As [Musically] Possible (ALAP) and playing contrasting notes As Short As [Musically] Possible (ASAP).

Pipe Major Donald MacLeod, M.B.E.

David Lairson
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Pipe Major Donald MacLeod, M.B.E. was one of the greatest pipers and composers of the 20th century. He served in 51st Highland Division in WWII and was appointed Pipe Major of the Seaforth Highlanders at the age of 25. He published 6 books of light music and one book of piobaireachd. He also released over 40 volumes of piobraireachd tutorials as well as several other recordings.

Submitting Files for Critique at Dojo U

Andrew Douglas
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Submitting your performances for critique is one of the most important aspects of Dojo U. It’s our primary means for you to get feedback on how you are playing. First off, before you submit something, you’re going to need a means of recording. Frankly, modern smart-phones are all it takes to get started. Later, there