Here are Novice Juvenile winners Dollar Academy at the British Pipe Band Championships with instructor Callum Beaumont. These kids have a great command of the music with an aggressive presentation. Quality performance all around.
Here is the Quinn Memorial Pipe Band with their second-place finish in Grade 3B at the British Pipe Band Championships. Quite a bit slower in tempo than what is normally heard, but a good controlled and composed performance with nice unison throughout.
Nice MSR presentation from both corps. in Bothwell Castle Pipe Band’s third-place finish in Grade 3B at the British Pipe Band Championships. Good forward moving drive with a solid musical presentation. Some untidy unison in spots likely cost them a spot higher in the prize list, but a fine performance well worth a listen.
It’s good to see that the former Grade 1 Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles teaching program is still active and paying off. Here is the band’s winning MSR performance from the Grade 4A contest at the British Pipe Band Championships. Good solid musicality throughout with good unison. A steady performance and presentation.
Here is Lisnamulligan Pipe Band’s winning performance in the Grade 4B final at the British Pipe Band Championships. The band presents a very good grasp of musical fundamentals of the march idiom. Great composure and control throughout. All essential things to master if any band is to build further.
It’s common for pipers to consider themselves a “wet” or “dry” blower. But calling yourself a “wet” blower or a “dry” blower is basically bagpiper jargon. Neither is true. No one expels wetter or dryer air than anyone else. Part I discussed what is really happening when things are “wet” or “dry.” In Part II we dive into the trouble and the solution.
Moisture problems in the bagpipe can be confusing. The bagpipe needs moisture in order to work at peak efficiency. Too much though, and problems occur. The external conditions whenever we are playing bagpipes are the same for everyone, yet the build up of moisture is not. So what is really going on?
Exercises are a good way to improve your embellishments. But basic exercises tend to be monotonous and it’s easy to lose focus. You may also find that something you can play well in an exercise becomes rough once you find it in a tune. An easy way to solve this problem is to find a tune that has a lot of the embellishments you want to practice.