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Old 07-15-2017, 07:33 AM   #11
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No. There was just one event open to all competitors.
Hmmm, it seems unregulated comps don't usually last long....pitting lower players against higher.
I think it's why 'we' arrived at PBA's with ( almost) clear rules for games and competitors to enforce for a level field of piping,adjudication and long term success.
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Old 07-15-2017, 08:19 AM   #12
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Hmmm, it seems unregulated comps don't usually last long....pitting lower players against higher.
I think it's why 'we' arrived at PBA's with ( almost) clear rules for games and competitors to enforce for a level field of piping,adjudication and long term success.
Yeah...not the best of possible worlds. On the other hand, in Scotland once a piper hit 18 that has been the reality of piobaireachd, and all solo, competition until very recently .

BTW, the Missouri contest lapsed I think because 1) the local guy behind it moved out of state and 2) expense. I don't think the Scottish festival of which the contest was a part lasted much longer...maybe another year or two.
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Old 07-15-2017, 08:59 AM   #13
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I wonder what would happen if a competitor were to play a tune in a competition that he or she had composed? I wonder if the adjudicators would accept the sheet music and let the chump play away?
In five out of six piobaireachd competitions so far this year, I've included one of my tunes in the list of tunes I submit (three tunes are required). Twice, a judge has selected my tune.
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:06 AM   #14
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In five out of six piobaireachd competitions so far this year, I've included one of my tunes in the list of tunes I submit (three tunes are required). Twice, a judge has selected my tune.
Interesting ....were these PBA sanctioned events? What grade?

So, how did you fare vis the winners circle?
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:30 AM   #15
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Interesting ....were these PBA sanctioned events? What grade?

So, how did you fare vis the winners circle?
All were EUSPBA events except Kamloops, which falls under the British Columbia Pipers' Association. Grade one. 3/6 and 4/5.
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All were EUSPBA events except Kamloops, which falls under the British Columbia Pipers' Association. Grade one. 3/6 and 4/5.
Good stuff. No , great stuff ....to create your own and have it appreciated on the boards. Wonder if you'd share what comments from the adjudicators re 'originality', flow, difficulty etc.
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Old 07-17-2017, 10:10 AM   #17
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Do bear in mind that top pipers often have a very large slate of tunes to learn already. ........When the settings or styles specified are out of the competition mainstream, you're also increasing the workload beyond simply learning another tune as well.
Yes, I understand. But this was an all-amateur competition where the soloists main concern seemed to be how to keep a very short list of competition tunes in rotation and add on another within a 6-month lead time. I was surprised this seemed to be a challenge, but it was a common complaint, and it's tough to hold a competition with few players interested in reaching outside their comfort zone. An opportunity for players to express their special musical interests gets in the way of chasing medals.
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