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Old 01-02-2013, 04:43 AM   #7
classicbagpipes
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Default Re: Nerves getting the better of Pipers and Drummers?

I think Neil has really hit the nail on the head here. I have always told my students to be sure and know your tunes backwards and forwards. Then when the mind wanders the fingers keep on the right track for you. Be confident in your tuning to the best of your ability and the grade you are playing.
I had a time one full summer years ago I couldn't buy my way through a contest. For whatever reason and to the this day I don't know what it was, I never finished a contest, as I broke down in every single contest I played. I wouldn't do it in the first part of the march or strath or reel but would usually wait unitil the last part of the tune. Then my knees would start to shake and I would instinctively go right off the tune and break down.
Fortunately I got over it and the next season I was fine. But it was certainly very strange and difficult indeed.
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