There is probably no piper anywhere who can play through an entire four-parted 2/4 march, or even a two-parter, in a single breath on the practice chanter without needing an intake of air or three to keep going (nevermind an entire piobaireachd).
The toil of building your tunes and honing your piping skills has moved along at a consistent pace. You’ve dutifully attended your lessons and various Dojo U sessions. You might finally be satisfied with your delivery of a tune or three. After weeks of work, the music is starting to sound OK and your efforts
Some years ago, I once heard a podcast interview with someone who was explaining the benefits of getting outside of one’s comfort zone. “Comfort zone” for him (and anyone) is living a life free from interference from the fears that stalk us. His method was to do things that confront fear head on and were
The general degree of difficulty in a bagpipe tune is typically gauged by the frequency of certain technique relative to the note groupings and timings, as well as frequency of finger and hand changes within musical beats. The concentration of these aspects puts a demand on the player’s mastery of certain fundamental skills. High fundamental
The old adage from the fable The Tortoise and the Hare is that “slow and steady wins the race.” This is an idea that can have a big impact on your bagpipe playing.
Here is the USA's MacMillan Pipe Band taking the field in their Grade 2 qualifying heat at the 2017 Worlds. A strong performance for the band on this outing, which just left them shy of qualifying in eighth place in a formidable heat.
Florida’s City of Dunedin Pipe Band in their qualifying medley performance in the Grade 2. This performance earned them a first place in their heat, where the top six from two heats went on to an MSR final. You can watch the entirety of this heat at the RSPBA's YouTube channel here. City of Dunedin
The whirlwind of another World Pipe Band Championships has passed and the dust has settled, and Inverary & District are in possession of the “spike” and this year's Champion of Champions. Great performances by the band and congratulations to Dojo U master Andrew Douglas! Here are the links for the Friday qualifiers and Saturday’s final