Michael G. - Phase 2 - Fiddler's Joy

Greetings Mike!

Good stuff! I really enjoyed having you in my classes this past few weeks, and it's this kind of navigation that's going to propel you forward. Keep up the good work!

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:
Super nice and in the groove! Nothing bad to say about this! Keep on grooving and nailing that click!

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:
Again, nothing bad to say about this! Those gracenote starts are pretty well dead on, and that's key. As you develop this calm precision for the click, you'll want to see how far you can push up your ALAP/ASAP contrast, but this is really nice already. Clean pass Mike! Enjoy the journey through Phase 3!

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Visualizing ALAP/ASAP—Part 1

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).