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    RODERICK JOHNSTON June 11, 2006, 11:12 p.m. (Message 45512)

    RE: Playing for SCD

    I do enjoy the occasional malt, purely for medicinal purposes, you understand.  
      I'm sure I'll contribute as many bum hotes as the rest, unless of
      course you are all professionals?.  I hope to enjoy this course and
      have as much fun as possible.  Are we allowed to take part in the
      evening dance sessions?
    Pia <> wrote:
    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
    -----Original Message-----
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    Sent: 11 June 2006 15:28
    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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