RSCDS starter kit

Bob McArthur

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RSCDS Starter Kit.
That is exactly what I have been trying to communicate to the Society and those who produce the "training videos" that are currently on the market, for instance the Reel Scottish Dancing! video by IVP has 34 popular Scottish Country Dances demonstrated but the actual music covers only about 25% of that required to then complete any of the dances - it would have been nice to also purchase a cd set which would cover all 34 of the dances listed. The videos tend to be used where you do not have established resources or indeed musicians, in Poland where my group has donated four of the videos to young startup groups they are a very popular and effective training aid.

We started about 15 months ago trying to help about three groups in the Katowice area but after 3 workshop sessions at festivals we now have contact with interest expressed from eight groups and a possible two more forming during 2009. I have already been requested to repeat both the 2008 festival workshops next year.

Web Site Items:
I have been considering suggesting that the Society updates its website presentation by including a "Video Section" where perhaps each month they could include at least two demonstration dances with walkthrough explanation.

Larger branches worldwide who have display teams could perhaps produce and submit suitable material for inclusion and this would perhaps increase the number of visits to the RSCDS site and create a more interesting webpage.

It would perhaps make the Society more meaningful to the worldwide audience.


Bob McArthur, Scosha Group, Bournemouth, UK




> From: xx@xxxxx.xxxxx.xx.xx> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> Subject: RE: RSCDS starter kit (was: Hearing the rhythm)> Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2008 10:40:09 +0100> > Anselm wrote:> > > Here's a little suggestion to the Powers That Be: All the music for the> Society's >selection of core> > dances< (100 or so, >introductory< and >intermediate<) would easily fit on> a single CD as MP3 files.> > There would be ample space left to include the corresponding dance> descriptions as PDF files, and> > possibly RSCDS publicity flyers, posters etc., also as PDF. How does this> look for a >starter kit<?> > > It could be produced quite cheaply -- a suitably qualified person, who> would not have to be> > Edinburgh-based RSCDS employee, with the right equipment, could probably> do the work from raw data> > (Existing RSCDS CDs and books) to masterable image in a week or so...> > A good idea, and as Anselm says, it would be easy enough to do technically.> Heck, I could do the CD mastering with the kit I've got at home.> > As well as a CD being available for purchase, why not also put, say, the> first 5 dances on a web site as a free taster? Like this? Then buy the> starter kit...> > Best regards> --> Steve> >
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