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Old 05-03-2012, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default First Strathspeys and Reel under competition

Just got the video of my first Strathspey and Reel competition under my belt. It's amazing how exhausting it is to play in front of a judge and audience! Not to shabby for a beginning piper, a couple of flubs, but I was really happy with how the feel of both tunes turned out. And glad my burls weren't as bad ad they had been the day before! In any case thought I'd share, listen at your own risk! ;-)

Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBUtAYm5DUw&sns=em

Part 2:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1pEghbqEkKM

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Old 05-04-2012, 05:38 AM   #2
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Default Re: First Strathspeys and Reel under competition

James,

First part viewable (and nicely done, too) but the
second part not.

Perhaps my computer?

Can you re-post the second part?

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Old 05-04-2012, 07:02 AM   #3
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Default Re: First Strathspeys and Reel under competition

Well done James.
I enjoyed your performance.
The mistakes didn`t bother me but your tuning was quite a bit off.
But who am I to complain I`ve yet to tread the competion boards as a beginner.
Thanks for sharing.
Joe

PS here`s the correct link for part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pEghbqEkKM
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:45 AM   #4
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Default Re: First Strathspeys and Reel under competition

The only serious piece of advice you need is to fix your blowing. Apply constant arm pressure to the bag; don't ease off as you blow.

One thing you can do to help with the nerves a bit is to get your pipes ready, then put them down and sprint for twenty seconds, then pick them up and start playing. It doesn't give you the mental effect of nerves but it replicates the physiological effect.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:14 PM   #5
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Default Re: First Strathspeys and Reel under competition

For a first Strathspey/Reel, all I have to say is, "Ya done good, Kid."

I have always been a real stickler for having my pipes in tune, however. I noticed that your Hi-A was a bit flat, and your drones were pretty far out.

Might I suggest that at least 15 or 20 minutes before any such competition, that you spend as much time as necessary getting your pipes in as perfect tune as you possibly can?

Play some easy marches or other favorite tunes during this process. After you are sure your pipes are in tune, then rest for at least 10 minutes before your competition, but keep blowing gently into the bag without sounding the pipes in order to keep both the moisture and the temperature relatively constant.

Then, when you fire up, the drones will be back in tune within only a few bars of your competition tune.

Also, as someone else here suggested, you might wish to work on your blowing: it is a bit unsteady.

Lastly, during your Strathspey, I noticed that you sped up slightly during the entire performance. Although it can be very difficult to keep an absolutely steady beat, being aware of the tendency to speed up helps you not do it.

I really liked that you started out slowly. That is very good.

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Old 05-04-2012, 04:19 PM   #6
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Well done James.
I enjoyed your performance.
The mistakes didn`t bother me but your tuning was quite a bit off.
But who am I to complain I`ve yet to tread the competion boards as a beginner.
Thanks for sharing.
Joe

PS here`s the correct link for part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pEghbqEkKM
Thanks for the link, I don't have any problems viewing it, but it might be an iPad thing... ?

Yea it's a weird thing, they didn't seem that off that night, and the judge even commented about them being tuned ok, but maybe he was saying "for a beginner". But tuning is definitely on my list of things to improve.

IMO, not competing doesn't disqualify you from making observations! :-)

Thanks for taking the time to view the vids and giving me some feedback! It's much appreciated!

-James
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:50 PM   #7
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Default Re: First Strathspeys and Reel under competition

the link to the reel is for mobile devices so you get a protocol error if you're viewing on a desktop/laptop. Just change the URL to 'www' from 'm' and it'll probably work.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:27 PM   #8
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Nicely done! What were the names of the tunes?
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