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Old 05-10-2019, 09:27 AM   #11
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Ok - interesting - what's the goal here? Put me off balance?

In terms of the "back and forth" my current practice is

- 4 beats forward
- 4 beats marking time
- 4-6 beats turning
- 2-4 beats marking time
- repeat
I think you have to find what works for you. My variation on this is a bit simpler:

1. March forward for the first line of music. If you reach the end of the road/stage/grass before the end of the line, mark time.
2. Turn for the 2nd line of music. If you finish turning before the end of the line, mark time.
3. March back for the 3rd line of music. If you reach the end of the road/stage/grass before the end of the line, mark time.
4. Turn for the 4th line of music. If you finish turning before the end of the line, mark time.

etc.

If something unplanned happens, don't sweat it, just mark time till you can regroup then step off again at the beginning of the next line.

I also found that singing, or listening to a recording of the tune, while practicing marching helps. It should become second nature so you don't have to think about it while playing.

Good luck,
Kevin

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Old 05-10-2019, 09:58 AM   #12
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Ok - interesting - what's the goal here? Put me off balance?
Sabotage!

Itís a trick I heard Jack Lee give. It gives emphasis to the beat and lets you be mindful when practicing.
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:04 PM   #13
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Watch this daily until the condition of the patient improves.


(As for your counting system, I'd multiply all those numbers by 3 or 4).
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:30 PM   #14
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I also found that singing, or listening to a recording of the tune, while practicing marching helps. It should become second nature so you don't have to think about it while playing.

Good luck,
Kevin
I should mention that this is an excellent way to get a colicky infant to sleep
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Old 05-10-2019, 03:45 PM   #15
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...go to an ‘empty space’ ...a parking lot at a fire house, a field, a high school track.... start playing your pipes...best tunes...and start walking....2 -3 times around the track and you’ll be a lot better,..more comfortable....keep going. Try some 16 steps ( in place) reversals also....
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