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  • Pia Walker

    Pia Walker June 11, 2006, 11:04 p.m. (Message 45511)

    RE: Playing for SCD

    Misunderstanding not attributed to the bottle of red wine one has just been
    forced to partake due to guest in back garden and really fantastic summer
    weather in Scotland.
    
    Pia
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: strathspey-bounces-pia=xxxxxxxx.xxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
    [mailto:strathspey-bounces-pia=xxxxxxxx.xxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx]On Behalf Of
    Pia
    Sent: 11 June 2006 21:52
    To: SCD news and discussion
    Subject: RE: Playing for SCD
    
    
    
    Xuse me Mr Rod - I am one of the tea-totals!!! - does this mean that one
    have to look out for you during the summer, or can one contribute bum-notes
    to someone else?
    
    Pia- who will look/sound out everone
    
    Pia
    -----Original Message-----
    From: strathspey-bounces-pia=xxxxxxxx.xxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
    [mailto:strathspey-bounces-pia=xxxxxxxx.xxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx]On Behalf Of
    RODERICK JOHNSTON
    Sent: 11 June 2006 15:28
    To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
    Subject: Playing for SCD
    
    
    As a new member, you may recall, I asked for information on the Summer
    School Musicians Course and you were all very helpful especially in
    explaining that the course was teatotal !!!!.
    
      One of you questioned whether or not one should play from memory or by ear
    and asked my views.
    
      Personally, having returned to playing after a very long break, I now find
    it quite difficult remembering tunes and sets, especially for RSCDs, as
    there are so many of them.     I wouldn't risk playing from memory for a SCD
    dance in fear of making a mistake and ruining the dance.     For a ceilidh
    you could get away with it as it's a lot less serious.     I find that many
    tunes are similar and I could quite easily start one tune and half way
    through change to another.     I suspect that a lot has to do with the fact
    I was trained classically, through the BCA, and at that time playing by ear
    was wasn't allowed nor was the playing of Scottish traditional music.    How
    times have changed.
    
      I say this because I am currently learning the small pipes and find that I
    am able to play by ear and have no trouble remembering the tunes.
    
      I received the music for the course last week and there are some
    interesting sets but must get used to the alternative playing order as I am
    more used to playing AA,BB,CC,DD or A,BB,CC,DD,A.
    
      Rod Johnston
    
    
    
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