The Reedmakers: Selecting cane drone reeds

Published: May 31, 2007

Master reedmaker Murray Henderson provides insight into choosing cane reeds, things that many pipers have never used, but which are enjoying a comeback

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TIP OF THE DAY
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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