18 Amazing tips from Rob. Let's dive in!
Tip #1: Play your pipes a little bit, more often. (As opposed to long marathon sessions)
Tip #2: Monitor Each person's individual pipe setup and tonal quality at practice. Identify the best bagpipe and "time" how long it takes to settle in.
Tip #3: Plan and Adopt a "Band tone policy", and expect every piper to live up to it.
Tip #4: Attacks - High A Finger Off Hole during attacks (All pipers). Listen to attacks rank-by-rank.
Tip #5: Always blow warm air into bag during last few minutes of tune up, and while waiting at the line to start competing.
Tip #6: Always Play a Simple Tune when Checking Chanter-Tuning and when Tuning Drones. NEVER just a scale. Never tune drones on a constant Low A.
Tip #7: Always start playing pipes at band practice at the same time. Don't allow pipers to play their pipes on the same day as practice.
Tip #8: Look smart, play smart! Treating Uniform and Appearance as a team will help you perform as a team. (Fancy Sgian Dubh guy is not with the program)
Tip #9: When you have blown in a good chanter reed, take it out and save it as a backup reed.
Tip #10: When taking a break from playing on performance day, make sure pipes are all resting in the EXACT SAME ENVIRONMENT and in the EXACT SAME SETUP. ie - chanters in, all pipes on the same side of bus.
Tip #11: Watch and observe the top bands' setup process as they approach their competition.
Tip #12: Appoint a Bagpipe Maintenance Inspector
Tip #13: When training/practicing, play longer sets to build stamina (repeat certain tunes in sets).
Tip #14: Bag Slippage - Practice with band jacket on.
Tip #15: Record yourself playing band sets. Then adjudicate your performance and identify the weakest parts.
Tip #16: Hold extra band practices the week leading up to a competition.
Tip #17: Practice as a band on practice-chanters and pads.
Tip #18: Get practice chanters in tune.
In this s ession we take a look at the main differences between solo and pipe band playing. While all the basics of playing hold true, the tempos and additional players redefine what we can do to achieve unison. We end with some question and answer on pipe band management and philosophy.
In this pipe band session we take a look at the art of starting and stopping our pipes. When it comes to a pipe corps starting or stopping as a unit, there must be a common idea of what the steady tempo is. We will go over the physical aspects of starting and stopping as well as tips a band can use to get better. A must for all pipe band folks!