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Old 10-10-2004, 12:45 AM   #1
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Default Things Judges need to avoid in solo's

I was wondering how about the things the judges should avoid in solo's.


After telling the judge my tune, she looked at me and said "Is that a 2/4" After finishing the tune she said "I don't know that tune"

Or the judge who marked me down for not playing tachum's in part 4. My reply to him was "there are none" His reply was "oh! son your playing the wrong setting".

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Old 10-10-2004, 03:14 AM   #2
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they should avoid falling asleep during the slow airs.


this happened to me once
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Old 10-10-2004, 04:42 AM   #3
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Or the judge who marked me down for not playing tachum's in part 4.
Had that happen too. Judge noted "Missed the grip on D in the first part". There was none. Not in the arrangement I was playing or in any other I've found.

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Old 10-10-2004, 10:36 AM   #4
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A throw on D, perhaps?

I have a great admiration for the North American competition system, but I do wonder sometimes where all the judges come from.

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Old 10-10-2004, 08:12 PM   #5
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Feeling that the settings they like/know are the only correct settings.
I feel that if the setting you are playing is appropriately difficult for your grade and is musically good it must be accepted as an appropriate setting.
In other forms of music there are LOTS of arrangements (settings) of popular tunes. Why should this be so different in piping?
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Old 10-11-2004, 12:25 PM   #6
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My suggestion to all of you, is to give the judge the sheet music before you start.
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Old 10-11-2004, 12:41 PM   #7
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First thing a judge should avoid: a hangover. Several years ago at Costa Mesa the Gr.IV piobaireachd judge looked at the first competitor and told her, 'I really don't want to be here.'

How encouraging.
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Old 10-11-2004, 05:05 PM   #8
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After telling the judge my tune, she looked at me and said "Is that a 2/4" After finishing the tune she said "I don't know that tune"
And how is this wrong? I'm sure there are lots of tunes that each judge is unfamiliar.
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Old 10-11-2004, 11:17 PM   #9
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And how is this wrong? I'm sure there are lots of tunes that each judge is unfamiliar.
I agree with you Drew. Can't a judge be honest? Show what might be considered a "weakness"? Better than a judge pretending to know the tune and marking you down erroneously!

If you are playing a less common setting, as Nathan said above, it would be good practice to give your judge the sheet music. You don't always have to—I've competed with unusual settings without providing sheet music and haven't been marked down or received any negative comments about it—but it can't hurt to cover your bases.

Judges are human—read: "not perfect."

On a funny note, one judge wrote on an acquaintance's sheet a number of years back: "Too musical"—go figure!

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Old 10-11-2004, 11:56 PM   #10
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A few years back I recall a young piper (won't mention his name .. but his initials are Andrew Douglas ) competing at the George Sherriff and Nicol Brown (both invitational - big contests) with a tune he had just written - and he placed well. Clearly the judge(s) had never heard the tune before. Even the big contest judges with their encyclopedic knowledge (truly!) can't be expected to know every tune..

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