Highland-Fidelity: Celtic music and interest in all things piping flourish in Cuba

Published: May 31, 2010
Highland-Fidelity: Celtic music and interest in all things piping flourish in Cuba Published: May 31, 2010

What do Ernest Hemingway, gaitas, bodhrans, McCallum Bagpipes and plenty of mojitos have in common? Top pipers James P. Troy and Ryan MacDonald travel to Havana and discover a fascinating world of musical excitement and interest, and a natural attraction to the Highland pipes. Jamie Troy provides his impressions of the eight-day CeltFest Cuba Festival, while Ryan MacDonald offers up her celebrated, sumptuous photography in an extended collection, as well as a video of the action from one of the musical sessions - exclusively for subscribers to pipes|drums

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Pipers should avoid memorizing their music until the tune can be played from start to finish, fluidly, without error and at full speed. Once you memorize your music, it will become your reference every time you play. If your memory of the music has flaws in it, through repetition, you will permanently cement these flaws in your playing. Memorization is similar to the wood stain that would be added when building a bookcase – it would be the final touch to a finished product.
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