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Andrew Douglas

Andrew Douglas
Andrew is a prolific practitioner of the bagpipe, having been active at the highest level of pipe bands, solo competition, teaching, and creative endeavors for the past 20 years. He's also the founder and creator of Dojo U and of PipersDojo.com

"ASAP" Nuances in Mrs. John MacColl

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ASAPs are Dojo U's way of talking about cut notes in light music. And, when it comes to playing ASAPs, there are indeed some nuances that are worth thinking about. Let's have a look at the 4th part nuances, and you'll undoubtedly have some ideas to "carry over" to your own repertoire as well.

Mrs. John MacColl - Part 4

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This is perhaps one of the most iconic parts in all the world's 2/4 march repertoire. Dig in, and enjoy.

Dissection of Embellishments in Mrs. John MacColl

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The third part of Mrs. John MacColl is the perfect "playground" to practice our execution and thought process behind playing good embellishments. How are you embellishment pre-requisites? How is your execution of the embellishment cardinal rules?

Mrs. John MacColl - Part 3

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Things are starting to pick up in this part - there are a lot of technical aspects starting to come in to play here, like Taorluaths and hand-to-hand exchanges. 

Gracenote Quality in Mrs. John MacColl

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A great gracenote should be a pure articulation, meaning that it needs to literally sound in the blink of an eye. If the gracenote is too long in duration, it will muddy up the melody, and obscure what we are trying to portray with this tune, and all other tunes.

Mrs. John MacColl - Part 2

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In the second part, we expand on this great melody - and we get to work on some doublings too. Remember, this is a template for your own learning and internalizing of the 2nd part - the rest will be up to you in practice!

Just How Steady Can You Blow? - VLOG 2.013 (Atlanta, Part 2)

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Part 2 of Andrew's visit to the great folks of the Atlanta Pipe Band​, where he explores the details of how to make a good band even better!

Mrs. John MacColl - Part 1

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If there were such a thing as an indesputable list of the top 10 greatest 2/4 marches of all time, Mrs. John MacColl would definitely be on the list. It's that simple. Today, using the tune-building process as always, we'll build up the first part of this essential march.

Improving Your Pipe Band: It's Not Complicated! - Vlog 2.012 (Atlanta Part 1)

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In this episode, Andrew heads to Atlanta and reveals his top tips for improving your band's performance!