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Performance Critiques - The Dark Isle

Performance Critiques - The Dark Isle


Course Name: Performance Critiques
Class Name: The Dark Isle
Class Instructor: Carl Donley
Date of Original Live Class: May 10th, 2012 at 7pm

Description: In this class we listen to a recording for the Dark Isle Slow Air. The Performance was very musical and we worked on High A to Birl movements as well as the idea of "Let your Technique Speak." Also, touched on rhythm of a doubling and tachums. We also listen to a bit of Carl's own practicing and finished up with The Craigs of Tumble down Mountain and Rowan Tree and a discussion of how to loosen bottom hand death-grip fingering that causes crossing noises.

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Carl Donley Carl Donley is professional piper who hails originally from Chicago. He has been playing for over 20 years and has taken numerous prizes in solos throughout his rise to the professional grade. Carl got his pipe band start with the Ft. Lauderdale Highlanders in south Florida, and also played in the Grade 2 Chicago Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band during high school, before joining The Oran Mor Pipe Band in 2008. In addition to playing in Oran Mor, Carl was the Pipe Major of The Iona College Pipe Band during his four years at Iona College. He is now the Chief Operating Officer at the Piper's Dojo.