Living legends reunited: the Edinburgh Police Pipe Band of the 1950s, ’60s & ’70s – Part 4

Published: January 31, 2011
Living legends reunited: the Edinburgh Police Pipe Band of the 1950s, ’60s & ’70s – Part 4 Published: January 31, 2011

Possibly the most famous pipe band in terms of world renown, the Edinburgh City Police of the latter half of the 20th century travelled the globe as ambassadors of piping, drumming as an art and Scotland as a country. Jack Abbott, Alistair Aitken, Chris Anderson, Jim Hutton, George Lumsden, Harry McNulty, Duncan Smith and Martin Wilson take a look back at what made the band so successful, and how modern-day pipers and drummers might learn from their experiences.

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Tenor drummers: When composing rhythmical passages in a tenor drum score, don’t just think about replicating the accented phrases within the snare score, but give equal consideration towhat is happening in the melody. Question your composition. For example, if a triplet occurs in the snare score,check if that triplet exists in the melody. If not,ask yourself if there is any value to that triplet being incorporated into the tenor score. That’s just a short example, but applying that principle is a small step towards improving ensemble.
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