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Old 01-20-2019, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default Good transition practice

i'm still early in my learning stage (less than a month) but I'm practicing daily (almost).
one of the things i'm trying to eliminate early on is cross-over noise between notes, and find some transitions a little more challenging than normal.
going up and down the scale is find, even with gracenotes.
i've been doing;

lg, b, d, f, ha, f, d, b, lg
lg, la, c, e, hg, e, d, a, lg

And this, up2, down 1, up 2, down 1, etc.
lg, b, la, c, b, d, c, e, d, f, e, hg, f, ha, f, hg, e, f, d, e, c, d, b, c, la, b, lg, la

which i find is a little more challenging. playing from 'b' to 'd' is tough in both directions for example.

anyone have any other scales that are good exercise that aren't just scales? thanks!
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Old 01-20-2019, 05:47 PM   #2
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Fwiw...I’ll go on a limb and guess a few folks here would agree you are likely going,literally,too fast in your practices and playing these transitions.
Maybe do less and go slower until each single one is clean..up and down.
Fingers very relaxed,..no pressure on the thumbs.
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Old 01-20-2019, 06:05 PM   #3
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briguy,

Just as an observation... and also based on the above
Post... "The Beginner's Death Grip" is not uncommon...
and at the first... "Slow and Easy"... serves the best...

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

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Old 01-20-2019, 07:54 PM   #4
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If your looking for additional exercises, I would highly recommend picking up a copy of Jim McGillivray’s book Rhythmic Fingerwork: Instruction in Technique for the Highland Bagpipe. It has great scale exercises and will progress with you as it covers pretty much every movement you will encounter in typical light music.
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Old 01-21-2019, 05:33 AM   #5
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Scales are for diagnosis, not development. Once you've identified an issue using some sort of exercise as you've done, make a lit of the individual crossings that are causing you a problem.


Spend approximately five minutes (a phone timer is useful) addressing each one. Work out exactly what the movements should be and work through them slowly; an analogy I often use with students is that it should be as if filmed with a super-slow-motion camera.



The key issue is always that fingers coming off the chanter must come up before any fingers go down.
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Old 01-30-2019, 12:10 AM   #6
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I'd echo what others have said, play slowly when you practice. There are a ton of free crossing noise (CN) exercises to be found on Google, but none will help you if you aren't playing them correctly. Playing slowly will help you to hear any CN and also to help with muscle memory.



Try this little game I learned in a book on practice strategies: Play an exercise at a nice slow tempo 5 times in a row PERFECTLY. ANY mistake and you start over at 1. Be sure to really listen and not zone out. Only after you've played it 5 times correctly do you advance the tempo. Then try for 5 times in a row perfectly at the faster tempo. And so on and so on...
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Old 01-31-2019, 01:22 AM   #7
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anyone have any other scales that are good exercise that aren't just scales? thanks!

For crossing noises, here's something you could try from the strathspey Islay Ball. Hopefully my notation will make sense:


[notes in ( ) denote gracenotes]


In triplets: E,F,HG - HA,F,HA - HG-E-HG - (ha) F,D,F - (hg) E,C,E - (hg) D, F, D - (hg) C,HA,C


You might also encounter these:


Dotted 16th-32nd-32nd-Dotted 16th: (e doubling)E, LA, (d)C, E
Dotted 16th-32nd-32nd-Dotted 16th: A, E, (hg)C, E
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