Daniel C. - Phase 1 - Struan Robertson

Overall Rhythm Comments from Grader:

Hi Daniel. Thank you for your submission today. You seem to really understand the basics of these rhythms. You were correct and accurate throughout this performance. Moving forward, just please be sure that the "ah" is more obviously audible in the future. Your ASAP is sometimes slightly too short. Having said that, congratulations and welcome to phase 2. Good luck. Cheers, Ed


Phase 1 Result: 4/4 Requirements Achieved

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

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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).