Over the next few weeks we will be releasing Silver Medal tunes for the use of competitors at the Easter 2011 Comunn na Piobaireachd NZ competitions. They are sung by Malcolm MacRae and he gives the following advice as to their best use:
I have not set out to give a lesson on each tune, but rather have assumed that players will have teachers who will instruct in matters of technique. I have said a little by way of introduction and then have sung the tune right through. I recommend that folk who wish to learn the tunes should listen to the tune being sung and should try to get the way of the tune by ear before they spend time looking at the score, which should be treated as an aid to memorising and should be put aside as soon as possible. I have found this method the most effective way of being able to play a tune successfully and quickly. I do not favour too much playing on the practise chanter, other than for practising embellishments, and encourage the playing of the tune on the pipes as soon as the player has the way of the tune and has memorised it.
So far as teachers are concerned, they should be encouraged to conduct the pupil when the pupil plays the tune on the pipes. Again, being conducted through the tune – plenty of hand and arm waving! This seems to me to be the most effective way of helping a pupil to appreciate the nuances of expression – lights and shades etc.
Click here to listen to the introduction to Lament for Isla Flora MacLeod. Click here to listen to the Lament for Isla Flora MacLeod as sung by Malcolm MacRae.
For a list of the 2011 Silver Medal tunes click here. If you want to save the files for use on your MP3 player or PC, right click and Save target (it might say link) as.
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