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Subject: beginner fingering


Author:
John Hannah
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Date Posted: 17:29:53 06/24/02 Mon

Just started learning the chanter and I'm having trouble going from B to D for the doublings. My fingers just miss the holes by a hair's breadth (they stretch too far). Maybe it's because I took so long forcing myself to learn the low D pennywhistle, which does have a horrendous span. I've no doubt that I'll get it right in the end. I have all the tenacity in the world and I'm in no hurry. I'm just curious to know if others have run into the same problem?

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[> Subject: Re: beginner fingering


Author:
Bob Marlowe
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Date Posted: 08:29:17 06/25/02 Tue

Welcome to the club. Keep practicing, you'll get there. Do you have a teacher? If you don't have one, get one. You'll be glad you did.

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[> Subject: Re: beginner fingering


Author:
Brian MacColl
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Date Posted: 10:17:45 06/25/02 Tue

John,

At this stage in the game, SLOW DOWN!!! Slow every movement down to the point where you think you're going too slow...then go even slower. Concentrate on what each finger is doing and where it is going. Even when you get on the pipes and just warm up with the chanter. Keep everything slow. The trick is to keep the timing of the doublings or movements the same, so slow the speed of the entire movement down, but keep the timing within the movement steady and even.

The benefit here is that once time passes and your playing tunes on your bagpipe you're not going to be too preoccupied with your fingerwork. All the time you put practicing your execution slowly will pay off. Your fingers will move out of instinct from what you've taught them to do. If you practice slow and evenly, then it will be perfect everytime, no matter the speed. If you rush it, then I guarantee you'll miss that movement everytime. Give it time, good qulaity time, and you'll turn out just fine. Rush it, and you'll wind up playing like just another parade piper...just good enough. But you want more, right? All the best, and enjoy it!

Brian


>Just started learning the chanter and I'm having
>trouble going from B to D for the doublings. My
>fingers just miss the holes by a hair's breadth (they
>stretch too far). Maybe it's because I took so long
>forcing myself to learn the low D pennywhistle, which
>does have a horrendous span. I've no doubt that I'll
>get it right in the end. I have all the tenacity in
>the world and I'm in no hurry. I'm just curious to
>know if others have run into the same problem?

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[> [> Subject: Re: beginner fingering


Author:
mark cheverier
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Date Posted: 03:10:54 11/06/02 Wed

come someone please tell me where i can find finger placement diagrams? please.

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[> Subject: Re: beginner fingering


Author:
Randy
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Date Posted: 23:19:25 06/25/02 Tue

Excellent advice from Brian. 100% accuracy is the goal. And as someone earlier mentioned a good teacher will help you accomplish this.
Best,
Randy

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[> Subject: Re: beginner fingering


Author:
Bruce Wright
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Date Posted: 16:17:15 08/19/02 Mon

Which doubling are you having trouble with? And do you have a teacher?

I'm asking this because many beginners (especially but not exclusively those who are self-taught) tend to play every grace note as a "true" note, whether as a single grace note or in a doubling. In some cases this is correct (for example, the G grace notes going from an E to an F with a double F), in other cases this is incorrect (for example, going from a C to a double B). In general grace notes are made by moving only the single finger for the grace note (for example, a G grace note from B to B lifts only the one G finger), plus any other fingers required for the note change if any. In other words you always move minimal number of fingers.

--Bruce

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