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Old 01-02-2013, 08:10 AM   #10
the old marshal
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Default Re: Nerves getting the better of Pipers and Drummers?

yip..this topic pops up now and again....in my young days.....we had to play in front off some of the legends in piping.....(the old Eagle Pipers..!!!)..it was always a stressful occasion....one ex Scots Guards Pipe Major had a habit off making faces..(not meaning too..)...and if you caught sight of him...you thought...geez he hates my playing and its all going wrong..some guys and gals are just born nervous....others take it in their stride and this is the big difference....when as a young steward at some contests....you could see the cool players....then you would see the nervous...players...totally terrified...pointing..phrasing...would just go out the window for these poor unfortunates..!!...breakdown would normally result...At a workshop many moons ago with Robert Mathieson...this topic came up.he mentioned a book...now its not a easy read....but....its contents do make sense.....The Inner Game of Music...by Barry Green with Timothy Gallwey................
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