As musicians, we rely on repetition to learn the tricks of our trade. We have all sat down and pounded out G-D-E triplets until our fingers hurt. Practicing pieces over and over is a time honored tradition in all musical disciplines.
Your band is holding a master class with an accomplished piper. Your sitting at the table playing through your band set on your practice chanter with your bandmates. Your guest instructor invites individuals to play the tune by him or herself. What do you do?
Listen to the Piper's Dojo Audio Experience, #206, Audio Lesson With Grade 3 Solo Competitor. You will note that, if we momentarily set aside the comments on tuning, Andrew's constructive criticisms revolve around the first five finger work fundamentals:
- Scale Navigation
- Basic Rhythm
- Gracenotes and Gracenote Quality
- Embellishments and Gracenote Quality
- Dot/Cuts (ALAP/ASAP)
ALAP and ASAP are acronyms. ASAP stands for As Long As [Musically] Possible (ALAP). ASAP stands for As Short As [Musically] Possible (ASAP). ALAP/ASAP is a method for learning and teaching “dot-cut” rhythms, dotted eighth notes followed by a sixteenth note, on the Highland Bagpipe.