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Old 02-20-2017, 01:17 PM   #28
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Default Re: Tips for maintaining concentration

Originally Posted by Lightningstorms View Post

But, during competitions there are always other pipers and drummers playing nearby which can be distracting, if you are not focused on your tunes.
The worst for us was at a games where the entertainment tent was near the competition field. A loud celtic rock band started their set as we were marching into the circle. Their bass drum was a slightly different tempo from ours.

In Scottish Harp Society of America competition there is a place on the judging form for how well competitors deal with distractions. As an example of a distraction, a friend of mine recalls when he started his set and a piper started tuning on the other side of the tent wall, completely unaware there was a musical contest going on.
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