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Old 04-16-2019, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default Exercise sheets - good or bad?

Hello all. What's the consensus on using exercise sheets to practice? Some big name pipers seem to consider them boring and a waste of time while others recommend them. I don't mind the boring bit, but I want to make sure I'm using practice time efficiently.



In lieu of exercise sheets, what does everyone else use for practice?
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Old 04-16-2019, 03:17 PM   #2
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Hello all. What's the consensus on using exercise sheets to practice? Some big name pipers seem to consider them boring and a waste of time while others recommend them. I don't mind the boring bit, but I want to make sure I'm using practice time efficiently.



In lieu of exercise sheets, what does everyone else use for practice?
Id guess evry top o the world piper would say they are boring....but doubt any would say a waste of time at any point in your development. Back to basics is an eons old catchphrase.
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:54 PM   #3
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Default Exercise sheets - good or bad?

Any kind of practice and exercise can only be good in the long run.

If you struggle with an embellishment or idiom, and practice it relentlessly, it will improve.


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Old 04-16-2019, 10:05 PM   #4
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I've been piping on and off for 10 years and have recently been going back through Rhythmic Fingerwork. It's amazing how you realize even though you can play through the exercises that sometimes even the simplest of movements really tenses you up. You immediately see that you're "squeezing" through a movement hoping there aren't errors instead of knowing there won't be because you're relaxed and have practiced.

Absolutely it is good.
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Old 04-17-2019, 02:16 AM   #5
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[QUOTE=el gaitero; Back to basics is an eons old catchphrase.[/QUOTE]

For really good reasons...without the basics nailed, everything else is hoping for the best.

Whatever form of practice best suits the individual, if its not diligently performed then the standard is only going one way.

Knowing it is one thing; sticking to it is a different challenge
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:19 AM   #6
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Exercises aren't magic, and they don't make you better just because you do them. They still require thoughtful use.


What they do do is create a comprehensive approach to finding where you have difficulties, because they are (hopefully) systematic in working through the "problem space".
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What they do do is create a comprehensive approach to finding where you have difficulties, because they are (hopefully) systematic in working through the "problem space".
This.

Much better said than what I mentioned earlier. Shows you note by note which combinations are creating the problems. Allows you to work through each problem space until you identify why that combination was tense or didn't flow freely.
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:14 PM   #8
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When I was in a pipe band years ago some of the best pipers swore by them, using Logan's exercises as an example.

I know that such exercises were a staple of piano lessons when I was a kid.... I don't know why they wouldn't be helpful in piping.
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:32 PM   #9
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To my simple mind it comes down to this:
If you can't play the movements well, you can't
play the tune well.
Steady blowing and playing with nice expression
are, of course, part of the whole package of being
a "good piper".
However, I personally don't care how steady you blow
or how nicely you may express a tune. if you don't have
a solid foundation of the fundamentals, you are nowhere.
Just my personal take on it.
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