In this class, we have a great discussion on how to play gigs where there isn't a great place to warm up. Andrew shares his routine in regards to weddings and funerals, and in various environments (hot/cold)
In this class, Patricia and John present some awesome specimens for examination! In a rendition of Mairi's Wedding, we come across a picture-perfect example of a Gracenote Synchronization issue, and we get a chance to really talk about how to hear it, and fix it! The phantom crossing noise also makes a guest appearance, as well as a common ALAP/ASAP issue.
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.