Well, today we tackled the daunting Vaunting! This tune has several styles associated with it, especially Donald MacDonald's setting. We also have a listen to Robert Reid's interpretation of it. Enjoy!
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 pipe band session we take a look at getting the most out of your pipe band on games day. This starts early in the season as music is being selected. We also discuss "backwards" practices to ensure the back half of sets get the attention they deserve. Next up a games day schedule that allows for just enough time to get the best tone out of your corps and the importance of having this routine down long before games day. Also other tid bits like sun vs. shade, effects of weather on tune up time, band decorum, and many others. A stirring conversation for all those in bands!
In this class we listen to taorluaths and determine the fundamental flaws in each of them. If we can learn to think about improving embellishments in terms of their steps being played properly, we will sky-rocket the quality of our playing.
In this class Donald looks at one of the most famous, and highly regarded tunes: The Lament for Donald Ban Mac Crimmon. This is no small tune and requires an excellent bagpipe, a strong sense of music, and a deep knowledge of the tune. Having said that it is a great tune to learn to help improve your own technique and for your own enjoyment. A wonderful tune all around.
In this class Donald reviews bits and pieces from the previous three tunes. He focuses in on technique like Taorluaths and Crunluaths and helping to improve them. He works with students to bring out the best music in each of the tunes.