The Importance of Good Practice
Even though we are all of varying
skill levels and ability with different goals for our piping, we should all
strive for good practice habits. Whether you have 2 hours a day to practice
or maybe just 10 minutes, I would strongly recommend that you ALWAYS play
A good warm-up: scales, crossing
exercises (see the second pg of the packet)
Embellishments: College of Piping
exercises, One-Minute exercises, Strathspey & reel exercises (these are all
in the packet I handed out)
Exercises for Grips and Taorluaths
I know its tempting to forgo the
drudgery of these exercises and get right to your tunes, but your execution
will suffer if you do this.
Finally, even though there are tunes that we have "under our belt" and have
been playing for some time (i.e.Scotland the Brave, Green Hills, etc.) it is
always a good idea to "revisit" these tunes with slow practice, especially
focusing on the embellishments.
For myself, I find that even though one day I can play the Taorluaths in
Scotland the Brave pretty well, a week later they might be sloppy. Slowly
practicing the embellishments is a good way to clean them up.
Go practice, and I'll see you next week.
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