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bob864 05-30-2018 04:23 PM

Re: Your first time competing
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by classicbagpipes (Post 1318974)
I do recall that there were 3 competitors total. One played Brown Haired Maiden and High Road to Gairloch. The next played 79ths farewell to Gibralter. I came on and played the Renfrewshire Militia.

Reading too quickly I thought you said that /you/ had played Brown Hair--High Road.

Good mental image there ;-)

BTW, wife and I have been working up an arrangement of your Bill Sawyer on smallpipe and fiddle. She's got a high E harmonic drone that really fits.

Mainebagpipes 06-01-2018 04:39 PM

Re: Your first time competing
 
My first time was in 2003 - maybe a year and a half after I got going - at the NH Indoor Scottish Festival. I don't remember much about it, other than being nervous and not having a clue what I was doing. I think I placed fourth or fifth in the marches, but I don't really remember.

Back in April I did my first competition since 2004, at the same venue, after three or four years completely away from the instrument. I was feeling badly out of practice and was expecting I wouldn't do well. I wound up first in piobaireachd and the 2/4 march, and second in the 6/8. I also had above grade marks, and got a mid-season upgrade to Grade 3. Apparently I'm ahead of where I thought I was, because the upper-grade pipers who've heard me play since April seem to think I should be somewhere in Grade 2, prompting me to find an instructor ASAP.

Mac an t-Sealgair 06-19-2018 03:35 PM

Re: Your first time competing
 
Played my first competition in 20 years, the other month.

Whilst I didn't have the unmitigated success of some of you. I was happy to get through my tunes and lay a marker down. A base point for me to work from. Lots to do to improve, and polish here and there.

I wasn't nervous at all, which was weird. I could have just been playing in my kitchen, until I finished my 2/4 and the crowd applauded. Whoaa! That made me realise where I was! Really got the blood pumping. Played my SS well but fluffed the transition (just a bit sticky), then played my reel well enough. Lastly was the jig which I hadn't prepared for properly and just picked on the day. Sounds like a car crash but, it wasn't (quite) that bad.

Looking forward to the next taste of competition. Unfortunately due to my work that might be next year now.

Steve Law 06-20-2018 06:54 AM

Re: Your first time competing
 
Pppiper/Nate,

What a thoroughly enjoyable read your article was- thanks both for writing and for sharing the link here.

I competed as a youngster 1965-1974-ish with some amateur success but then work/life got in the way and while band playing continued on and off I eventually stopped playing altogether for 20 years, only going back to the band 18 months ago.

Iím contnually frustrated to remember how I used to play and now canít get close to but determined that rising 65 I still have time to haul back something before things stop working altogether.

Iíd agree completely how long harsh marks/comments are remembered.... even 50 years later the few bad memories stick much harder than the many good ones.

Iím certainly nowhere near solo competition standard and wonder if Iíve trodden my last boards, but thoroughly approve of your judges insightful comment about ďjust play the music....Ē that is indeed what itís all about :thumb:

Pppiper 06-20-2018 07:00 AM

Re: Your first time competing
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mainebagpipes (Post 1327730)
Apparently I'm ahead of where I thought I was, because the upper-grade pipers who've heard me play since April seem to think I should be somewhere in Grade 2, prompting me to find an instructor ASAP.

We seem to be in/on very similar paths, and we're not far from each other as well. I heard about your recent success at both NH Indoor and RI, good beans! Shame, I'd have liked to have met you among the grade 3s at RI, but I had an afar gig that weekend, so I had to skip RI.

If you haven't found an instructor yet, if I were you, I would seriously consider Lezlie Webster. I dunno where in Maine you're at, but she does great work, and teaches in a few different spots, ranging around northern Mass., and southern NH. I was somewhat loth to goto an instructor for myself, but Lezlie always had a way of holding my attention and trust, and I'm glad that she did.

Sounds like you're on a great path ... keep it up, and I hope to see you out there. I'll private message her contact info to you.

Cheers,
~Nate

Pppiper 06-20-2018 07:04 AM

Re: Your first time competing
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve Law (Post 1328358)
Pppiper/Nate,

What a thoroughly enjoyable read your article was- thanks both for writing and for sharing the link here.

I competed as a youngster 1965-1974-ish with some amateur success but then work/life got in the way and while band playing continued on and off I eventually stopped playing altogether for 20 years, only going back to the band 18 months ago.

Iím contnually frustrated to remember how I used to play and now canít get close to but determined that rising 65 I still have time to haul back something before things stop working altogether.

Iíd agree completely how long harsh marks/comments are remembered.... even 50 years later the few bad memories stick much harder than the many good ones.

Iím certainly nowhere near solo competition standard and wonder if Iíve trodden my last boards, but thoroughly approve of your judges insightful comment about ďjust play the music....Ē that is indeed what itís all about :thumb:

Right on, thank you for the kind words.

You too my friend, just play .. and enjoy yourself.

Cheers!
~Nate

Pppiper 06-20-2018 07:06 AM

Re: Your first time competing
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mac an t-Sealgair (Post 1328343)
Played my first competition in 20 years, the other month.

Whilst I didn't have the unmitigated success of some of you. I was happy to get through my tunes and lay a marker down. A base point for me to work from. Lots to do to improve, and polish here and there.

I wasn't nervous at all, which was weird. I could have just been playing in my kitchen, until I finished my 2/4 and the crowd applauded. Whoaa! That made me realise where I was! Really got the blood pumping. Played my SS well but fluffed the transition (just a bit sticky), then played my reel well enough. Lastly was the jig which I hadn't prepared for properly and just picked on the day. Sounds like a car crash but, it wasn't (quite) that bad.

Looking forward to the next taste of competition. Unfortunately due to my work that might be next year now.

We're always our own worst judge ... good going!

Hope you're able to get back out again soon ... life always gets in the way!

Cheers,
~Nate


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