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Old 12-10-2018, 10:54 AM   #9
Dan Bell
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Join Date: Apr 2009
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Default Re: On competition - is music a sport

I'll be the one to go out on a limb: I DO believe that many highland pipers, pipe bands and instructors ARE too focused on competition.

I have nothing against competition in and of itself. However, it should NOT take priority over sound basic instruction. Far too many people are rushed into a competition circle before they are ready, and far too many people spend way too much time working on way too few tunes, in order to be "prepared" to compete. Winning a prize in a low-level competition is much less important, in the long run, than learning to play with sound technique, becoming a proficient reader, ear training, and mastering a comprehensive repertoire.

This isn't an inherent flaw in the competition system; it's a criticism of how many teach piping.
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