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Old 09-17-2020, 08:31 PM   #31
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Default Re: "Wrongly" arranged and misprinted tunes

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I think we're very lucky to have had composers like Pipe Major Donald MacLeod, Pipe Major George S MacLennan, Pipe Major John MacLellan, Dunoon, Archie MacNeill, and many, many more. The music they made was not "folk" music, it was classic composition and pure genius and I think the point is simply that it shouldn't be mucked about with.

I don't think anyone would get very far "rearranging" the works of Bach, Beethoven, or Berlioz; it's no different in piping.

Traditional "folk" tunes, maybe; but all too often you hear versions which don't even follow the simple systemic method of embellishment which our music is based on.

Poor playing is poor playing, no matter the guise it's wrapped in.

Thank you, Sir! I was beginning to believe that I was the only one who thought this way. The snowball effect also causing issues on the competition boards! On more than one occasion, I have been knocked out of the prize list because I played this or that note, and "...it should have been this or that note" according to the gentleman with the clipboard on any given day.

I already have challenges in piping with my service background, where we are jokingly told that we have OCD because we train, train, train, and train again until whatever we are working on was so ingrained into us that we could do it in our sleep. There was a base standard, and it was set and unchangeable. A reference note if you will.

In my piping, I can not seem to find the "reference note" if you will. It seems that every thing is open to interpretation, and a personal like or dislike. No absolutes, with the possible exception of Piobaireachd, where there is more of a "it is properly played this way" type of approach.

I have almost come to the point where the wind is now knocked out of my sail when I compete. I now psychologically prepare myself for a judge to tell me, "you played this note instead of that movement", etc. If the stars aligned the night before, perhaps I will place, if not - well, if was good exposure for a person who spent their entire professional life dodging people and trying not to be noticed! I still learn something and take away a valuable lesson each time. (...now if I could only learn and improve enough to move up to Grade 2! (Ha!)

I think my plan is going to include taking a copy of the tunes I play and provide it to the judge so that they may see that I am playing the setting given me by my instructor. Seems to be about the only way to be able to come to an understanding of what was played "correctly" or not.

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Old 09-17-2020, 11:18 PM   #32
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Default Re: "Wrongly" arranged and misprinted tunes

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I have almost come to the point where the wind is now knocked out of my sail when I compete. I now psychologically prepare myself for a judge to tell me, "you played this note instead of that movement", etc.
I know exactly how you feel. I haven't competed in 20 years and the thought of it still makes me nervous. First off, where else can we play for an informed audience but in a competition? Second, judges sometimes focus on small details because they want to give you some sort of reason for not coming in first. And finally, judges are just people. Sometimes it's their problem, not yours.
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