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Visualizing the 5 Fundamentals [Vintage]

Visualizing the 5 Fundamentals [Vintage]


Course Name: Technique Development
Class Name: Visualizing the 5 Fundamentals
Class Instructor: Andrew Douglas
Date of Original Live Class: Thursday, June 21st, 2012 at 7:30am

Description: It can be tough to understand how the five fundamentals (Scale Navigation, Basic Rhythm, Articulation & Embellishments, ALAP-ASAP, Pulsing) come together to create music. In this class, Andrew will show a very effective technique to visualize how it all comes together. A must-watch if you are a believer in the 5 fundamentals.

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Andrew Douglas Andrew is a prolific practitioner of the bagpipe, having been active at the highest level of pipe bands, solo competition, teaching, and creative endeavors for the past 20 years. He's also the founder and creator of Dojo U and of PipersDojo.com


  1. Hi Andrew,

    I just joined and have been exploring the archives. Was watching your Technique Development_59 lecture where you use Donald MacLeans's Farewell to Oban as an example of rewriting the music into note groups based on the beat. You place beat lines on a blank staff and the regroup the various notes in reference to the beat. What I don't understand is why you place 4 beat lines in a bar when the tune is in 2/4 time and should have only 2 beats per bar. What am I missing?


    1. Hi Tim!
      The reason for this is that 2/4 March beats have two parts - a "down"beat (where the foot hits) and an "up"beat (where the foot leaves the floor). Therefore, there are 4 beats in a bar of 2/4, even though we only tap our foot twice.
      Does that make sense?
      Great question!