In this class, we have a discussion about how drone reeds are less susceptible to blowing pressure changes than chanter reeds (on the assumption that your instrument is well-calibrated). Then, we hear Lee play some of Cameron MacFadyen on the practice chanter. Finally, a discussion on how the social mentality of our bands and pipe band associations can make it difficult to pursue the bagpipe as an extension of the Self.
Special thanks to John, Lee, and Bill for their great questions today! First: How do you use a manometer to help you calibrate your drone reeds? Answer: Use the manometer to find your maximum blowing deviation, and then make sure your drones shut off at that point. Next, we look at Lee's updated strathspey, which has improved greatly.
In this class, Lee presents a great new iteration of Colin Thompson. We work on cleaning up some of the last few bits that are getting in the way of a great Grade 3 level performance. John plays some of Rejected Suitor. We talk a bit about maintenance.
In this open session we go over the differences between the light and heavy d throws and when and where each could be used. We then help a student out with their ALAP/ASAP in the classic 3/4 retreat - Lochanside. Fusion is the key!
In this class, we listen to John play through two parts of Rhodesian Regiment. What is the process of analyzing his performance? Then, we talk about whether or not the foot tapping should change with the implementation of pulsing (hint: Yes!).
In this class, we talk at length about building fundamentals, and the issue of having actual control over ALL of what we play. Remember, just because an audience perceives music as being in control doesn't mean that it actually is! We need to develop control and adaptability into our playing so that we can always be continuing to evolve as musicians.
In this class, we critique performances of John Keith Laing, Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban, and Captain Colin Campbell. We address some fundamental issues with each performance, but all in all, a great line up!