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Old 11-19-2018, 11:20 AM   #21
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The first couple hundred performances are the hardest...
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Old 11-24-2018, 02:23 PM   #22
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The first couple hundred performances are the hardest...
HAH! So true. And by that time you
may have practiced a bit more ;-)

My 'first time', in Knoxville Tn, the tune
was (sort of?) George upon the Throne.

The backs of my hands quite literally
went numb! Some part of my CNS
was signaling: "Not ready yet!".

I've "heard" that one dram will settle
things down, as will Beta Blockers.
(The latter are used by some adult
actors, for serious stage fright.)

I was much too young at the time.
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Old 12-09-2018, 04:40 AM   #23
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Well it happened, I was to play Amazing Grace last night at a dinner party with my wife. (about 200 in attendance) There after dinner a few people would sign up to sing or dance or play an instrument, the wife suggested I play my pipes so I agreed.() About a half hour before I started to feel really blah, and I was suppose to go to a room and tune up beforehand , that went well and I walked into the foyer to wait my turn the heat was turned up so high it felt like 100 degrees in there. My mouth immediately dried out I could hardly breathe, pulse went up and I thought oh boy here comes the big one..I went back to the room and tried the pipes again and for some reason the chanter reed sounded flat, I'm sure it was me it felt as if I could barely keep the the pressure up, so I went in and told the guy I'm bowing out. That being said, I choked up plain and simple ..
I appreciate all the ideas and responses, it seemed like all that went south last night .. Sorry for the rant but I feel like I failed..
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:15 AM   #24
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Commiserations Bill, but please don't regard a one off glitch as anything more than just that.

It happened to me as a youngster right before a competition when I was extremely keen to do well, mainly to show my Dad that his time and money investment had been worth it.... just couldn't keep my lips sealed on the blowpipe and the harder I tried the worse it got.

Just like falling off your bike/horse....get back up there and keep a'going...

Practice till your piece is completely automatic and then some more...it's only nerves and the fix is more exposure
..if you can find some friends to play in front of a few tomes that's even better, but don't let one hiccup become a 'thing' to be overcome.

Persevere and it WILL get easier 🤗
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:19 AM   #25
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A hot foyer only added to your nervousness, as well as drying you (and your reed) out.

Keep practicing and work up your stamina as well as your ability. Remember one who has never failed can never truly appreciate success.
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Old 12-10-2018, 11:37 AM   #26
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It's fine; things happen. It's just one day.

I'd suggest keeping your warm-up for any sort of performance as minimal as possible. DO NOT "practice" on the day. You need to be prepared ahead of time. On the day, play long enough for your chanter to stop changing and to get the drones in tune. That's it. Keeps your mind fresher and limits the wear on your body.
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:44 PM   #27
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I mentioned to another fellow that I've been singing in the church choir for the past 20 years or so, sometimes I did specials like a solo now and then. Sure I was nervous but for some reason the other night was brutal I will have a chance to redeem myself the end of the month, my second cousin wants me to play at her wedding..rehearsal will come first..
I have no intention of letting this get me down, it's too much fun and I love it, and the music, working on Carles We' the breeks, tune kind of grows on you.
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Old 12-12-2018, 02:10 PM   #28
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OHpiper,

Some three... three and a half years ago... I was
again playing for a Police Service graduation... and
all was well as the drummer and I played the young
Cadets down the aisle and up upon the stage. (We
had both done this... and on beaucoup occasions.)

After this initial presentation... a simple strike-in...
and the tune... and the drummer and I play ourselves
and the Color Guard back up the aisle... for coffee and
a bit of chat... until all is done... and we then play the
Cadets and Colors out of the hall.


Well... the drones came in nicely on the strike-in... but
damned if anything was going to be heard... from that
chanter!! :(

Nothing to do but to step off... and out... to a drum beat...
and prayerfully discover what...had gone so terribly awry!!

Simple enough... Just a bit of seasoning... had found its
way into and between... the lips of the chanter reed. (This
was my first... and, so far... only such occurrence.)

The point of all of this... is that... and quite simply... I... we...
you... never ever can know what might befall... during any
engagement!!

And that's just the nature... of our Waltz About... with the...
and our... Great Beast!! :)

As someone said above... first couple o' hundred engagements
are the hardest... :)

Just keep after it!!... It will come!!... Promise!! :)

Regards,

Pip01


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Old 12-12-2018, 03:42 PM   #29
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I always have a spare played-in chanter reed and a played-in set of back-up drone reeds on my person any time I play, and swap reeds in and out as I practice so I know my back-up systems will work if needed.
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Old 12-12-2018, 04:08 PM   #30
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klondike, working on a back-up chanter reed trying real hard not to sand it a little, want to see if I can get it eased up enough to play as well as the old one. So far I'm good for about 5 minutes until O have to put the old one back in. Hopefully after a couple weeks it will be good to go.
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