We hear a lot about "Crossing Noises" in the world of piping. They're those sloppy sounds that creep into our playing if we're not careful with our note changes. However, where do they fit in, in the grand scheme of piping fundamentals?
At the Dojo, we have five main fingerwork fundamentals that we teach, live by, and focus on every day: Scale Navigation, Basic Rhythm, Articulation, Small-scale dynamics, and Large-scale dynamics. Crossing Noises represent problems with fundamental # 1 - Scale Navigation.
You see, before we can do anything else - tap our foot, play gracenotes, play embellishments, produce expression, etc, we have to be able to navigate the scale successfully. If we can't go from note to note clearly, what does any of that other stuff matter? So, you can see that mastering the avoidance of Crossing Noises is going to be one of the first things you need to do to advance as a piper.
Think you already know what you need to about crossing noises? Think again. Even the best players in the world have crossing noises challenges to overcome - it's something we'll all have to think about forever, because they never really go away.
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