St. Patrick's Day Tunes; Siege of
Irish Eyes Are Smiling:
- Work on getting this memorized.
- Remember that we ALWAYS play this
- Start: two-beat E with a high A pick-up
note; Stop: cut off right on beat 5 (feel that last measure in 6)
- Start: Remember it's a two-beat E
- Be careful not to rush the descending
group of eighths in measures 1, 5, and 13;
- When practicing, play nice fat high g
graces on the double Bs (measure 4, 8, and 16);
- Keep dotted eighth/sixteenth patterns
STEADY- don't rush through them.
- Remember that we play this through
2xs. When you repeat back to the beginning add an E as
the fourth beat of measure 16.
- Please get this MEMORIZED.
Tipperary/Twenty Men From Dublin:
- Start: Two-beat E!!!
- Keep descending eighth notes in measure
13 nice and steady-don't rush.
- Do not repeat Tipperary - go right onto
Twenty Men From Dublin.
- Don't rush groups of eighth notes (mms
19, 23, 27 and 31)
Siege of Delhi:
- Start: Two beat E with dotted
- Practice tip: Play each section REALLY
SLOW, concentrating on nice fat, open doublings,etc. Then, take up to
tempo (60 bpm). If you get sloppy, slow it back down and work out the
parts that are giving you trouble.
- For memorization, visualize the
"transition measures" between parts: note that measure 8 (both 1st and
2nd endings) and measure 16 (1st ending) are all identical.
- Measure 16 (second ending) and measure
24 (1st ending) are the same, but measure 24 (second ending) is like the
earlier transition measure in Part 1.
- Remember that you've got to think a
couple bars ahead when your playing so that these transition measures
don't catch you off guard.
- Part 3: Out of all the parts in this
tune, this is the one that really needs SLOW METHODICAL practice, as it
is the part where we will be most likely to get sloppy and rush when its
played up to tempo. Be sure you don't short change notes preceding the
grips and taoraluths in a panic to get through those embellishments (the
high A and E eighth notes, for example, in measure 17.)
- Part 4: Don't rush through mms. 26 and
30: keep dotted eighths/sixteenths nice and steady.
Finally, practice all of the above tunes on
the pipes, running through all four in succession. Before you start each
one, be sure you hear how it starts in your head. (Hint: They all
have two beat Es, except Irish Eyes has a high A pick-up and Siege of Delhi
has the dotted eighth/sixteenth pick-up.)
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