Dr. Taylor and Patrick Molard have released recordings a couple of tunes from the collection they have put together, Piper’s Meeting. Whenever I approach any primary source manuscript, I like to think that I am a caretaker of a precious, delicate gift: the presentation of a tune unheard of for hundreds of years. It is a […]
Strictly a vanity project. I am making my way through all the pibrochs we’ve assembled at Musical Materials. I will be recording only the urlars. My interpretations will be based upon the APC Approach I, outlined here. I select from the earliest piping staff score. When that is Angus MacKay, I select from his Kintarbert, […]
Our club member Stephen Rooklidge, the force behind the Shasta Piping Society, announced the results of what we hope will be the first of many Original Piobaireachd Music competitions. Judges Rab Wallace, Bill Livingstone and Mike Cusak were asked to listen to and award three winners out of 26 entries sent in from all over the world […]
Dr Kageyama’s weekly blog posts (to which you can subscribe) are a wealth of information into the psychology of performance. And as a musician, he makes sure the insights from psychology are relevant to our particular field of the musical arts. From time to time I highlight an article that strikes me as pertinent to the kinds […]
I recognize that this analogy does not work. But for some reason, I keep thinking about it: Do you know where the word “Jehovah” came from? Because it isn’t a real word. In Hebrew one of the two names of God is the Tetragrammaton YHWH. It is a name that is traditionally not spoken, out of […]
Pipes|Drums has begun releasing Dr. Donaldson’s latest work in the Set Tunes Series for 2017. This year, he has thankfully included notes on pieces not on the Set Tunes list, which continues to be dominated by the “single-tune” rule (thereby eliminating the opportunity for competitors to learn and perform smaller tunes). It would be the next […]
For those of you who are interested, Club Member, two-time Clasp winner, former National Piping Centre instructor, composer and performer Allan MacDonald is available for private lessons (in-person, Skype, FaceTime). You may contact him directly here: email@example.com Or visit his website: http://allanmacdonald.com I can’t recommend him highly enough. His insights have been transformative for me.