In this class Rob looks at the Strathspey idiom. Using the dance feel as a background he explores how to properly execute several tunes. Using these examples he looks at common issues that effect the quality of the strathspey feel.
In this class, we begin by talking about expression in bagpipe music. What are we actually trying to do here, at the root of all of the lingo? Then, we build the first two parts of this accessible strathspey.
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, 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!
In this session we move on to a few more complicated strathspeys. Still emphasizing proper rhythmical treatment, insertion of technique and our usual strathspey pulse. We have also posted MP3's from tonight and the last session. Covered in this session are Capt. Colin Campbell, the Doune of Inverlochty, Maggie Cameron, and Lady MacKenzie of Gherloch.