Ardrossan Highland Games

June 12, 2010
NULL, United Kingdom

SOLO PIPING The Juvenile Solo Piping competition in 2010, is the reintroduction of Solo Piping to Ardrossan Highland Games. It has been a number of years since the Games held Solo Piping in a big scale and it was felt it should be reintroduced. This year it will consist of three Juvenile competitions 15 years and under M.S.R. 18 Years and under M.S.R and open Jig. Players may play up. BELLOWS PIPING There will be trophies, medals and prize money to be won on the day. As far as we are aware a Small Pipes competition has not been held at a Highland Games in Scotland before. A games field can be very noisy with Highland Pipers, Pipe Bands and crowds of people. Our plan is to use a marquee on the ‘quieter’ side of the games arena. We will provide a small PA system, not for use by competitors, but to ensure that the audience can enjoy the music without being distracted by the general games noise. For this first year we will have two competitions. The first will be a solo small pipes (bellows only) competition. The second will be a group competition for at least one small pipes player accompanied by up to 4 other musicians. All instruments, including vocals, must be acoustic. We would like to encourage all small pipes players to consider entering this competition. Each performance will be judged on the ‘entertainment’ value as much as technical ability. Three judges from a variety of disciplines will decide on the winning performances. There will be three prizes for each competition (solo and group). Cash Prizes and trophies. Details on the prizes will be available soon from this web site.

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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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