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Message 35618 · 24 Jun 2003 10:09:32 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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In a message dated 24/6/03 6:06:18 am, XXX29@xxxxxxxxxx.xx.xx writes:

<< so many strathspeys nowadays

are danced to music which are slow airs and not strathspeys in the old style

sense ......

...... Having said all that I find that there are many bands who don't give
lift to

any strathspey whatever it's nature and to me that is what differentiates

between a band being good and simply a band.>>

I well remember when I first met Norman Bett and was learning about playing
for SCD from him we had to play 'The Long Winding Road', and I said it seemed
rather different from what I understood to be a strathspey (!); his reply was
"Oh, it's one of these new dances using song tunes, which are not really
Strathspeys at all - I hate having to play them"! That was in 1960.
The other thing he told me about playing Strathspeys was that it was
vitally important to give a strong beat at the beginning of the bar, but a LESS
strong one in the middle of the bar (for the second beat). I have listened to
hundreds of SCD Bands over the years since then, and whenever they are playing a
Strathspey I think of his advice and judge them by that. It would be good if
more of the Bands had been given Norman's advice - there would be a lot less
"sausage machine" playing of Strathspeys, and a lot more uplifting ones.

Nicolas B., Lanark, Scotland
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