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Old 10-24-2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default Looking for a concert piece for a G4 band

I am currently on the lookout for a good concert piece for our Gr 4 Band - you know the sort, easy to play with lots of harmonies to please the crowds. I had a setting of Bluebells with harmonies and cadence notes played in the background and thought it would be a quick and easy piece to introduce to the band but I barely made it out of the band hall alive! I have never played Bluebells in a band before but it seems that a previous Pipe Major had the band playing it and it had been done to death - it didn't go down well.

So, if any fellow forumites, know of a similar piece, short, easy to play and with lots of harmonies that I could introduce to our band, I would be very grateful for any suggestions.

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Old 10-25-2012, 06:17 AM   #2
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How about this piece?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNL7hFhpEBw


No harmonies/seconds but you could always write some for it.

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Old 10-25-2012, 10:08 AM   #3
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I like Mingulay Boat Song. It's pretty easy and I've got a good set of harmonies and a counter-melody for it which make it sound very cool.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:51 PM   #4
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what about waly, waly (water is wide)

Quite simple to learn, good seconds and counter melody and when played is very effective tune. Our drummers play a simple beating but again very effective ensemble
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:49 PM   #5
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How about this piece?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNL7hFhpEBw


No harmonies/seconds but you could always write some for it.

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At around 4 minutes in when the whole band is playing, could some one let me know why Mr Tully is tapping his foot so quickly?

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Old 10-27-2012, 12:16 PM   #6
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At around 4 minutes in when the whole band is playing, could some one let me know why Mr Tully is tapping his foot so quickly?

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Looks like he's tapping in triple time. Sounds like the tune is compound.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:32 AM   #7
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Don't really want to pee on anyones cornflakes here, but if you are G4, I wouldnt be tempted to get too technical.

You have your work cut out already with playing basic tunes well as your main objective. Why not just give them stuff that they want anyway... which is the old favourites? That way you don't push some of your members too hard, which may detract from your main sets?

Anyway, concerts are great... enjoy, whatever u decide.
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Don't really want to pee on anyones cornflakes here, but if you are G4, I wouldnt be tempted to get too technical.

You have your work cut out already with playing basic tunes well as your main objective. Why not just give them stuff that they want anyway... which is the old favourites? That way you don't push some of your members too hard, which may detract from your main sets?

Anyway, concerts are great... enjoy, whatever u decide.
That's why I am after basic stuff such as Bluebells - there is myself and another piper or 2 who can do the fancy stuff but the majority of the pipe corps will be concentrating on the basic melody - which is why I am looking for something simple so that the blowing is consistent and with nothing tricky for the fingers. The suggesion of "Water is Wide" sounds good - haven't checked out the U-tube link yet but will soon.

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Old 10-28-2012, 07:59 PM   #9
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If you're going to suggest a SLOT piece, I would suggest their version of Raglan Road/ Dawning of the Day. We've used it for several years as an opener. It's easy and works great.
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