“Constantly vary everything, including constant variance!” - Abraham Lincoln
Occasionally, we have “your repertoire” instead of the normal, prescribed, tunes of the week.
"Your Repertoire" 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 practicing using some of these fundamentals and the experience we’ve gained exploring a variety of material 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. You don't need to learn a new tune, but you do need to put what you've learned to the test.
“Your Repertoire” Guidelines
Those in 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.
Sometimes students ask if they can work on and submit 2 parted tunes. Here’s the scoop:
- 2/4 Marches - NO, please select a 4-parter.
- Strathspey - Yes
- Reel (must be dot-cut style) - Yes
- 6/8 March - Yes
- Hornpipe (dot-cut style) - Yes
- Jigs - Yes
Tune Recommendations (If you need help picking a tune)
- Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering
- Captain Norman Orr Ewing
- Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban
- Mrs Delicia Chisholm
- Siege of Delhi
- South Hall
- Alick C MacGregor
- Brown Haired Maid
- Colonel MacLeod
- Johnny MacDonald's Reel
- Molly on the Shore
- Sound of Sleat
- Angus MacKinnon
- Dovecote Park
- Duncan McGillivray Chief Steward
- Murdo MacKenzie of Torridon
- Pipe Major Donald MacLean of Lewis