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Subject: Re: Stamina?


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Brian MacColl
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Date Posted: 11:26:56 09/26/02 Thu
In reply to: Cal Thomas 's message, "Stamina?" on 15:26:53 09/23/02 Mon

You're doing fine. A lot of people "claim" they can play for hours upon hours, but to me, it all amounts to just another fish story. I had the personal displeasure of hearing a piper play who claimed they usually practice for "1.5 hours straight" and the pitch was unbearable, the reed was so weak. Bottom line, there are no shortcuts to stamina, you build it over time. And if you sound great with a solid medium reed for 30 minutes, then that's great! I'd rather only hear you for 30 minutes, than the others pipers and their paper thin reeds for 30 seconds. It's all hard work and time. You're definitely on the right track.

Brian.




>Hi everyone,
>
>I was wondering what is the nromal amount of time you
>can play without feeling the eefects of fatigue. I
>don't mean the point where you fall down but where
>your fingerwork is just starting to miss and you're
>blowing is getting a bit unsteady. I can play for a
>half hour straight without stopping and my performance
>is good. If I stretch it to 40 minutes here's where
>the problems start. I know a few pros have mentioned
>you should be able to play for 1 to 1.5 hours straight
>but come on, is this true? I have a very good medium
>reed that sounds perfect, if I go lighter, yeah I gain
>some time, but the pitch suffers. What about you
>guys, is 30 minutes good with a nice sturdy reed and
>good tone?
>
>Thanks,
>Cal

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