Allan C. - Phase 2 - Mrs H.L. MacDonald of Dunach

Greetings Allan! Good good work here. I think this is an indication that all the hard work is starting to pay off. Keep an ear on things over the next few weeks to build consistency, but...

Phase 2 Result: 11/11 Requirements Achieved

Metronome Clearly Audible? Yes
"Best" Tempo Selection? Yes
Rhythm/Note-values understood? Yes
Rhythms accurate to the click of the metronome? Yes

Overall Rhythm Comments from Timothy:
Watch out for playing at the front of the click or starting gracenotes in preparation for the click (no hurdling). Keep working on following it, but this was quite tight otherwise with very few exceptions. I noticed that your alap/asap contrast improved a bit as you went into part 4. Keep working on that at these lower tempos, it'll pay off!

Correct Melody Notes? Yes
Hole Coverage Good? Yes
Crossing Noises? No
Correct Gracenotes? Yes
Missed Gracenotes? No
Gracenotes Too Big/Sloppy? No
Gracenotes Out of Sync? No

Overall Basic Melody Comments from Timothy:
This was pretty nice and clean throughout, and I think you are really getting the groove of it. Consistently good note changes and no recurring issues to speak of. @Timothy-Gatehouse

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On the bagpipe, we cannot play a note with more volume in order to add expression to a phrase. Indeed, our goal is to play at a steady pressure so that the pitch of the chanter and the drones remains constant. Nor do we have techniques such as staccato or legato available to us on the Highland bagpipe. On the Highland bagpipe, we express our music by holding notes longer than we would normally hold them, playing them As Long As [Musically] Possible (ALAP) and playing contrasting notes As Short As [Musically] Possible (ASAP).