Nolan S. - Phase 1 - Murdo Lamont's Spree

Overall Rhythm Comments from Grader:

Hi Nolan. You certainly understand the basics of what the dot and cut mean. Moving forward you'll need more ALAP/ASAP/Swing, so be mindful of that. However, good job today staying with the click and staying on track with the repetitive rhythms. Congrats and welcome to phase 2. 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).