Do you work really hard on your crossing noises but they still seem to creep in at the worst moments? Do you have trouble with sloppy gracenotes and embellishments, and nothing you do seems to fix them? How about rushing key phrases in your tunes? Struggling to stay “tight” with the rest of the bagpipers in your band?
Andrew opens to questions from the floor. They get into some interesting conversations about band ensemble, the format of medleys, the difference between solo and band chanters and other interesting questions. Join in for a spirited conversation!
One of my all time favorite skits features Ricky Jervais as an acting student, soaking in a lesson by Ian McKellen (Gandalf from Lord of the Rings). It's hilarious, but not just for the obvious reasons: Is it possible that acting really IS as simple as McKellan claims? Is it really just pretending to be
Bagpipe tuning will always be a challenge (no matter what level of piper you are), but it should never be a struggle. Let's get together and work through the 6 key steps to developing and mastering the tuning process.
Today Andrew discusses the importance of varying the focus of your practice sessions on a week to week basis. Fundamentals are a great Venn Diagram that reinforce each other in a myriad of ways. Then, we discuss the tuning process, and why it's so important to see the process as a cycle, not a singular