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With the entrance of the internet it has become much easier to find tunes
but it still takes time to hunt down the tune, then create a set and then
practice it. It is not much help when the program devisor says Oh, it's
very popular and it's on So-and-so's CD. And we need it next week. I have
a huge repertoire but there are still plenty of dances I don't have sets
for.
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH USA

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From: "Steve Wyrick" <xxxxxxxx@xxxxx.xxx>
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2010 10:51 AM
To: <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
Subject: Re: Need help with

> Maybe they just didn't like it! In my opinion Bonnie Lass sounds
> dirge-like
> when played at RSCDS tempo (Skinner himself played it much quicker) and
> I'd
> much rather play a true strathspey given the opportunity. -Steve
>
> On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 6:36 AM, Becky Sager <xxxxxx3@xxxx.xxx> wrote:
>
>> Surely The Bonnie Lass of Bon Accord is not an obscure tune? I'd assume
>> it
>> would be in the repertoire of anyone playing for SCD, but I could be
>> wrong.
>> It disappointed me last year in Florida when we had to dance
>> Montgomeries'
>> Rant and Bratach Bana to generic reel sets. That was with a Scottish
>> musician, admittedly more of a ceilidh player but one who had played for
>> SCD
>> a lot.
>>
>>
>> Becky Sager
>> Marietta GA USA
>> "Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about
>> learning how to dance in the rain." Marcy Shirley
>>
>>
>>
>> From: Roderick Johnston <xxxxxxxx.xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
>> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
>> Subject: Re: Need help with
>> Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 06:25:09 -0700 (PDT)
>>
>> As a musician, I'm sorry but I'm getting on my High Horse again.
>>
>> I'm not saying that this is the case in this instance but, as a musician,
>> it is very
>> difficult sometimes to put together sets of tunes for dances if
>> insufficient time is
>> given, especially if you want the original tune. The night before or
>> even a couple of
>> nights before is not enough time to put together a dance set, let alone
>> several and then
>> practice so that they are good enough for a performance. Unless perhaps
>> if
>> you are
>> retired or a professional musician. Not all of us are George Meikles'
>> ,
>> Muriel
>> Johnstons and the like who have years of experience and have 100s of sets
>> prepared
>> and practiced. As you may gather this is a gripe of mine.
>>
>>
>> A...... this is not a dig at you if you read this.
>>
>> Roddy
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Steve Wyrick -- Walnut Creek, California
>
>

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