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Old 10-22-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default easy grade 5 march

I am wanting to start solo competing grade 5 next year. What is a good easy tune to start solo competing with? Thank you for any suggestions.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:20 PM   #2
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How about a nice traditional 2-parted tune? Here are a couple.
Brown Haired Maiden
Teribus

It is very easy to overextend yourself, but if you take the time to really polish up one of these it will not be as big a step as tackling a 4-parted tune. If at the end of the competition season you feel you did well and played your tune as well as you are able, then you might feel more comfortable tackling a 4-parted tune the following year.

Best of luck to you however you decide to go.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:29 PM   #3
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How about a nice traditional 2-parted tune? Here are a couple.
Brown Haired Maiden
Teribus
Depends on the rules out in Georgia. HEre in WUSPBA there is no Grade five solo on pipes. Pleasantong offers an unsantioned Grade five Practice Chanter for which a 2 parted tune is called for.

When I had students at that level, I suggested Highland Laddie. IT is a pleasure to hear Highland Laddie played at a slow tempo with expression rather than the race tempo expressionless tune moset massed bands play.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:03 PM   #4
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I agree - Highland Laddie well played would be a good choice. When I was a beginner, this was a challenging tune for me.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:08 PM   #5
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High Road to Gareloch. Good for D throws, C doublings with E gracenotes, and Birls.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:28 PM   #6
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If the rules say it must be a 4 parter, Miss Delicia Chisholm is an easy one that gets you working those low G's on your D throws!
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Karen McKenzie wrote a pretty, and easy 4-parted 2/4 march entitled P.M. Robert Caudill. You'll find the tune on page 6 in Bruce Gandy's 4th volume of Contemporary and Traditional Music.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:04 AM   #8
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EUSPBA Grade 5 is practice chanter only. From the 2012 EUSpBA rules:
"Grade 5 is restricted to those playing the practice chanter only in competition and is not open to those playing the bagpipe in band
competition. Grade 5 does not require membership in the EUSPBA. The musical requirement is one four-parted or two different two parted
marches in 2/4, 4/4, or 6/8 time."

Since the OP lives in Georgia, perhaps he/she is a member of SUSPBA.

SUSPBA has a Grade 5: "V- 29 & under, and V- 30 & over". According to the SUSPBA rules, grade 5 competes with "1 (2 parts minimum) march, any time signature".


BTW, Karen McKenzie now goes by Karen Brumley.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:20 PM   #9
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I'm sorry I am a piper with a grade 5 band, but yes I will be competing grade 4sr for solo. Thank you for all of your suggestions, keep em coming.
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:33 AM   #10
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4-parted tunes are not necessarily any harder than 2-parted tunes - 51st Highland Division at Wadi Akarit and Prince Charles' Welcome to Lochaber are both of approximately the same level of difficulty as High Road to Gairloch and Brown Haired Maiden. There are also 4-parted versions of the latter two tunes, but they're very rarely heard.

I'm not so sure Highland Laddie is a good choice, even at a slower tempo - it's relatively difficult for less experienced pipers. The idea isn't to play something "challenging" but to play something you can do well - work on the "challenging" music for later. Everyone's different, of course, and if you don't find Highland Laddie to be all that difficult, by all means go for it - it's a great tune. I'd strongly suggest you ask your teacher, however - they may have other suggestions that would be a good fit for your current level.

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