“How do I make sure I don’t mess up my strike-in?”This is a common question and worry for the band piper. The ubiquitous “attack,” that instantaneous and simultaneous drone sound and subsequent “E,” is a crucial part of a band’s performance. A smooth strike-in by every piper is essential. The answer to this troubleshooting question though is not just something the band player should care about.
How many of us wish we had more personal time to practice our music? Are you a bagpiper or drummer who is constantly pressured to find the time in a busy life to schedule regular, consistent rehearsal to learn new music, or practice your current repertoire? Engaging in mental practice sessions is something that can fit into even the busiest of schedules, and give the additional time we crave.
Let’s say you had a question about, well, anything. These days, all of us will automatically move to our phones or keyboards and consult Google for the information. We just do it. We never think, “Oh, I don’t feel like typing in a query to Google, I’ll do it tomorrow.” But that is the way pipers will treat sitting down to learn a new tune, or improving their technique.
The Glenfiddich Piping Championships is probably considered the most prestigious solo piping competition of the modern day. Only the most successful solo pipers of any given year are invited to play, thus guaranteeing one will only hear the highest quality musical performances. Once upon a time, the Glenfiddich saw fit to record some of these
Modern times have squeezed just about every drop of time we might have to devote to, well, just about anything. Often, we are pressed for time to do everything whether it is one's job, one's hobbies, or one's family life and activities. There is also high pressure to perform well or perfectly at all of