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Old 10-12-2012, 09:51 AM   #21
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Default Re: Beginner 2/4 4 Part March

P/M J. McWilliams is a brilliant tune but you'd be mental to try it in G4. You want to have a tune that you are very comfortable with on the boards. Don't try to impress the judge by attempting some big test piece. Focus on a grade appropriate tune and show 'em that you've mastered the basics (tone, technique) and for bonus points express the tune well. If you do all three, you're going to be in the prizes most of the time (if not every time) at that level.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:31 PM   #22
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Try "The Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering"... It can be a bit challenging, but not too bad. Nice tune to start out with!
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:15 PM   #23
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Try "The Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering"... It can be a bit challenging, but not too bad. Nice tune to start out with!
I would avoid atholl breadalbane, there are too many places in the tune to mess up and it's very easy to do in a tune thats so heavy with embellishment. It might be a good grade 3 tune, but a simple but melodic tune is what you should have in mind in grade 4.

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Old 10-17-2012, 07:51 PM   #24
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[QUOTE=Kirby Allen;1212073]I would avoid atholl breadalbane, there are too many places in the tune to mess up and it's very easy to do in a tune thats so heavy with embellishment. It might be a good grade 3 tune, but a simple but melodic tune is what you should have in mind in grade 4.

Maybe... The main issues are the tourluath and birl at the end. As long as you have these down pat you'll do fine. My instructor had me use Atholl & Breadalbane as my first comp 2/4... Placed 2nd in a field of 9 pipers last month with a fairly clean score sheet, so it can be done!
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:09 AM   #25
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I would avoid atholl breadalbane, there are too many places in the tune to mess up and it's very easy to do in a tune thats so heavy with embellishment. It might be a good grade 3 tune, but a simple but melodic tune is what you should have in mind in grade 4.

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Atholl & Breadalbane Gathering is highly recommended over here as a beginner's first competition march. If I remember right, it was given to me as just that, Scots Guards setting. I believe it's also in the RSPBA Map list of band tunes for Juvenile Novice, 4A and 4B grades, so there's a lot to say for it as a first grade 4 tune.
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