Your Repertoire - Tune of the Week

"Your Repertoire" tune of the weeks are an essential element in reaching your full potential. These are weeks where, instead of using new and unfamiliar material to focus on our fundamentals, we about face, and use those fundamentals to improve some of our existing repertoire. We work to apply all our recent progress toward eliminating bad habits and improving the tunes that we play regularly. Take these weeks seriously, sure you don't need to learn a new tune, but now we need put what we've learned to the test.

*Phase 1, 2, 3, and 4 will need to create simplified or rhythm lines for their particular tunes. This is an easy process when done correctly. Here's an article on doing it quickly and correctly: How to Simplify Correctly

*A note about choosing your own tunes: Be sure to pick tunes on which you've already spent a considerable amount of time practicing. These tunes should come from your existing repertoire. If you don't currently play a tune from this idiom, please choose one of our past weekly tunes to become part of your repertoire.

** You may substitute two 2 parted tunes in place of one 4 parted tune for the following Idioms ONLY: Strathspey, Reel (must be dot-cut style), 6/8 March, Hornpipe (dot-cut style) and Jigs (round permitted)

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    1. Hi Donald, That would depend on your phase. Head over to the 5 Phases to Bagpipe Freedom and that will tell you what version to submit. If you are just getting started you'll be focused on just rhythm and therefore clapping. Also, while we strong encourage working through your phases, it's by no means the only learning path here at the dojo. If you haven't already, be sure to sign up for a strategy session so we can meet with you one on one and talk about the best learning path for you. Let us know if you have any other questions. Cheers, Carl

    1. Hi Jay, Please submit this under the 5 Phases to Bagpipe Freedom right on the home page. We'll watch for it there! 🙂 . You can either upload the file directly to paste the link into simple text document and upload that. Let us know in the Technical Support Group if you have any trouble or you can always email Cheers, Carl

  1. Ok, now I'm confused. Itried following the notated music, but the clapping and vocalizations didn't seem to apply very well. After 4 years of piano, and some time in school band, I can read musical notes, but none of that made any sense.

    1. Hi Michael, Any chance you could join one of our live classes over the next few days? Andy's class tonight, Sally or Tim on Saturday or Andrew's or my class on Monday would be a great opportunity to chat live. The rhythms should line up perfectly no matter if we are clapping, playing simplified or the fully embellished but the easiest way to help, and find what's giving you a little trouble, would be to work through it together live. The only difference between the Rhythm lines and the simplified is that we remove Cut-Dot Rhythms. This wilful simplification is due to our propensity as pipers for rushing the beat and playing the cut notes ahead of the click. The most important thing in Phase 1, or working on Rhythm, is accuracy to the beat and metronome, not a few cut-dot rhythms. In any case, I'll look forward to helping. If you have any other questions please let us know. Cheers, Carl