Stuart Liddell and Steven McWhirter: Pipes+Drums Recital 2013

Published: November 6, 2013
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For those in the northern hemisphere, the nights are fair drawing in and winter approaches, so it’s time to start this year’s series of Hot Stove League videos, beginning with the performance by Inveraray & District Pipe-Major Stuart Liddell and Leading-Drummer Steven McWhirter.

The duo performed at the 2013 Pipes+Drums Recital at the Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping, sponsored by pipes|drums Magazine on the morning of Tuesday, August 13th, the day before the band would perform its sold-out “Ascension” show at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Liddell and McWhirter barely made the Pipes+Drums recital due to delays on the roads to Glasgow coming from the village of Inveraray on Scotland’s west coast. Or maybe Stuart slept through his alarm.

The two are probably the most accomplished pipe band leaders in their competitive solo work. Liddell has won just about all of the major piping awards, and McWhirter has so far gained four World Solo Drumming Championships, including this year’s event.

We hope that you enjoy this exclusive pipes|drums video of two virtuoso players at the absolute height of their game.

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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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